Look back on 2019: popular trainings & publications
06 Jan 2020 - 15:18
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Welcome to 2020, but before we move on, we would like to share our highlights of 2019 based on social media buzz and our website statistics. We picked the three most popular open training courses and five of our best read publications. 


These top three training courses open for professionals received the most likes, shares and comments on social media. 

Leergang Buitenlandse Betrekkingen (International Relations)

LBB is our most extensive and longest running course. Our participants learned to analyse international trends, develop policies and essential skills such as presenting, debating, lobbying, negotiating and communicating in a multicultural environment in 3 months. Check out our 2020 edition.

International Politics

We dived into international political issues such as Brexit, China's rise and the geopolitics of cyber warfare with leading researchers, experts and opinion makers. Interested in this course? The next edition starts in February 2020 (few spots available).

International Security

We went beyond the headlines to truly grasp international developments and their impact on security. Are you interested in security-related themes? Join our 2020 course

Curious which other open courses we offer? Check out our Training Calendar 2020


These are our best read publications in 2019 based on website statistics. Click on the title to read the publication. 

Which firms are moving to the Netherlands because of Brexit?

The Netherlands specifically appears to attract innovative financial services, pharmaceutical and media companies. Which firms are 'going Dutch'? 

The US-China trade-tech stand-off

As the great power rivalry and (technological) trade conflict between the United States (US) and China intensifies, calls for an export control regime tailored to so-called emerging technologies are growing. 

The European Intervention Initiative (EI2)

EI2 is aimed at bringing able and willing European countries together to prepare themselves better for future crises – not by creating a new standby force but by ultimately creating a shared strategic culture. 

Turkey in Northwestern Syria

Turkey pursues a strategy that seeks to achieve control and influence through a mix of military occupation and fullscale reconstruction based on the logic of Turkification and the deployment abroad of the domestic apparatus of the Turkish state. 

European seaports and Chinese strategic influence

Chinese investments in European seaports have increased rapidly in recent years. This process has triggered a debate in Europe on the significance of, and how to deal with, growing Chinese influence in European ports. 


We look forward to 2020

We look forward to continue innovating in 2020 - whether it comes to providing innovative trainings, distinctive research or refreshing insights. 

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