Clingendael, Netherlands Insti­tute of International Relations

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael is a knowledge institute for international relations. Clingendael acts as a think-tank as well as a diplomatic academy in order to identify and analyse emerging political and social developments for the benefit of government and the general public.

Clingendael seeks to achieve this objective through research, by publishing studies, organising courses and training programmes, and by providing information. Among the many trainings for foreign diplomats, special mention should be made of the special courses for diplomats to prepare them for their chairmanship of the OSCE. Clingendael ´s research is mainly directed at energy, security, Europe, conflict research, diplomacy, Asia and global governance.

Clingendael currently employs some 75 staff, the majority of whom are researchers and training staff.

P.O. Box 93080
2509 AB The Hague
Tel 31-70-324 53 84
Telefax 31-70-328 20 02

Barend (Bas) ter Haar is an associate of  the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. He recently retired as diplomat of the Dutch foreign service.

After studying history and public law, he lectured at Leiden University on the history of fascism. As a diplomat he worked mainly in the field of international security. In 1990, during a sabbatical at Georgetown University, he wrote: The future of biological weapons. In 2000 he wrote: Peace or Human rights, the dilemma of humanitarian intervention. Later that year he became deputy-director of the Queen’s cabinet. In 2004 and 2005, as Ambassador for International Security Affairs, he represented the European Union at the ASEAN Regional forum. From 2005 to 2007 he was director of the Policy Planning Staff. From 2007 to 2011 he was the Ambassador of the Netherlands to UNESCO.

In 1990 he took part in the negotiations in the CSCE on the Charter of Paris for a new Europe. During the Netherlands Presidency of the EU in 1997, he chaired the OSCE Working Group and the Security Model Working Group. He headed EU-delegations to discuss international security to inter alia Beijing, Moscow, Skopje, Tokyo  and Washington.