Training Calendar 2020 out now
20 Nov 2019 - 16:15
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Take your professional skills to the next level in 2020. Whether you are a working professional, have just finished your studies or are looking for a change in your career, Clingendael Academy offers training courses for every phase of your career.

Through our training, we aim to inspire and equip governments, businesses, and civil society to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world. Learn from highly reputable Clingendael experts, practitioners and policymakers.

Join a course of your interest at the Clingendael Academy in 2020. 

Intercultural communication 

Learn to better equip yourself against the challenges arising from communicating with parties that operate from a different cultural frame of reference and adhere to different norms and values, whether they be a business partner from across the globe, or a colleague from another department.

  • 2 days 
  • Date: 16 - 17 Jan 2020
  • For professionals that work in an international or multi-organisational context

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International Politics

What are the geopolitical consequences of the cyber warfare? What will the EU look like after Brexit? This course offers you the opportunity to dive into international political issues with leading researchers, experts and opinion makers. You will gain the knowledge necessary to participate in discussions on international political issues and will be able to put news headlines in a broader (geopolitical) context.

  • 8 half days
  • Dates:
    • 10 Feb - 30 Mar 2020 (ENG)
    • 12 Oct - 30 Nov 2020 (NL)
  • Open for everyone with an interest in international affairs

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Inzicht in Europa (in Dutch)

This course trains you in the best ways to navigate the ‘Brussels-maze’ as a working professional. Let us provide you not only with an understanding of the dynamics between EU institutions and their inner workings, but also with the tools and skills to effectively lobby, negotiate and communicate in the context of the European Union.

  • 4 days 
  • Dates:
    • 24 Feb - 10 Mar 2020
    • 29 Jun - 14 Jul 2020
    • 7 - 22 Sep 2020
  • For Netherlands government officials who will work with or on the European Union

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Interest promotion and lobbying in the EU (in Dutch)

For many institutions, including the central, decentral governments and companies, effective promotion of interests within European politics are permanent areas of interest. Improve your knowledge on EU policy making, learn how to strategically and professionally lobby for your interests and master the communicative skills needed for lobbying. 

  • 2 days
  • Dates: 2-3 March 2020
  • For those involved with European policy, e.g. working for the government or at a public affairs department of an organisation

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Seminar International Negotiations

Whether you are working in the field of security, trade, energy, the environment, economics or politics, knowing how to be effective in negotiations is essential. Learn by doing in this highly interactive seminar. Let us provide you with the skills needed for multilateral negotiations, recognizing bargaining tactics and psychological processes involved. Our trainers have trained ambassadors, directors, managers, mediators, private sector professionals, civil servants, military officials, police officers, groups in conflict and many more. 

  • 3 days
  • Dates:
    • 21 - 24 Apr 2020
    • 17 - 20 Nov 2020
  • For professionals and state officials looking to improve their negotiation skills

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International Security

Twenty years ago, it was unthinkable that Russia would be asserting itself by disrupting Europe’s stability, that China would be one of the world’s largest economies and jihadi terrorism would be one of the main security challenges. What is driving these changes and in what direction are we heading? Go beyond the headlines together with experts, practitioners and policymakers.

  • 8 days 
  • Dates:
    • 12 May - 4 June 2020 (NL)
    • 4 - 13 Nov 2020 (ENG)
  • For anyone with a sound awareness of international affairs, driven by professional or personal interests

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Leergang Buitenlandse Betrekkingen (in Dutch)

LBB is our most extensive and longest running course. Improve your international effectiveness in 3 months. Learn to analyse international trends, develop policies and essential skills such as presenting, debating, lobbying, negotiating and communicating in a multicultural environment.

  • 3 months
  • Dates: 22 Sep - 11 Dec 2020
  • For graduates and private and public sector professionals dealing with international affairs

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International Mediation and Consensus Building

With its multitude of actors and the complexity of international decision-making, mediation and consensus-building skills are more useful than ever. Professionals who are able to build bridges and ensure consensus are becoming increasingly more valuable. Learn in an interactive way the characteristics of mediation processes, do’s and don’ts, understand your own mediation profile and gain tools that help you respond to dynamics of conflict.

  • 3 days
  • Dates: 1 - 3 December 2020 
  • For professionals responsible for achieving targets, but depending on complex teamwork

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Location & Contact

The open training courses take place in the acclaimed 17th century historic mansion ‘Huys Clingendael’ in the Hague, Netherlands. If you have any questions or would like to meet first, please do not hesitate to contact us. Go to the training page and get in touch with one of our training coordinators or send an email to

Interested in a tailor-made training at your location? Please contact us. Also, read our brochure with our mission, methods and training categories.