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

Hugo Klijn is a senior research fellow in the Security Unit of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. He has been seconded to Clingendael for a two year period by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He holds a degree in contemporary history (Utrecht university) and in 2013 concluded an executive master in public administration (Netherlands School of Public Administration).

As a diplomat he dealt mainly with security policy issues and Eastern Europe. His foreign assignments were in Moscow, Belgrade, Brussels (NATO) and, most recently, Vienna (OSCE). His previous position at the Ministry in The Hague was Special Envoy for Conventional Arms Control.

During an earlier secondment to Clingendael (2009-2011), at the request of the Netherlands Atlantic Association, he published Russia, our distant neighbor – the burden of conventional beliefs (2011).