Jan Melissen

Former Senior Research Fellow


  • Europe in the World
  • Europe and the EU
  • Trade and Globalisation
  • Sustainability

Jan Melissen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute and Senior Fellow International Relations and Diplomacy at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, where he teaches in the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy (MIRD), and Professor of Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp. 

Jan is a non-resident Fellow with the Centre on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and the Charhar Institute in Beijing. He taught at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and he was a visiting scholar at China’s Foreign Affairs University and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). Jan is founding Co-Editor of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy and Editor of the Diplomatic Studies Book Series with Brill Nijhoff. 

Before joining the Clingendael Institute, Jan was Director of the Centre for the Study of Diplomacy at the University of Leicester (UK). At Clingendael he held various management positions (2001-12). He has written research reports on diplomacy for several governments and he lectured in many countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. He is currently involved in multiple projects on change and innovation in diplomacy (see LinkedIn for details).

Jan Melissen co-authored two major Clingendael reports: Futures for Diplomacy (2012) and Diplomacy in the Digital Age (July 2015). After 2015 results of his Clingendael projects were published in international journals like European Foreign Affairs Review (2016), Global Affairs (2016), Global Policy (2017, 2018), and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (2018). His two most recent co-edited books are Rethinking International Institutions (2016) and Understanding Public Diplomacy in East Asia (2015).

He graduated in Politics and International Relations at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) in 1988. In 1993 he was awarded a PhD in Law from Groningen University (the Netherlands).

My work




SDGs, Foreign Ministries and the Private Sector

27 April 2018 - 08:50

Foreign Ministries, SDG Diplomacy and the Private Sector

26 April 2018 - 16:58
Trade and Globalisation

Fake News and What (Not) To Do About It

01 February 2018 - 16:05
Trade and Globalisation

Diplomacy and the duty of care

30 January 2018 - 16:19

SDG Partnerships with the Private Sector

01 November 2017 - 09:45

SDGs can be a test for European public-private partnerships

28 September 2017 - 11:41
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Security and Defence

Debate and preview of Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'

23 January 2018 - 10:00
Trade and Globalisation

Trends and Innovation in Digital Diplomacy

30 October 2017 - 17:00
Trade and Globalisation

Asian Conference for Political Communication

04 September 2017 - 09:00
Strategic Foresight

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: furthering Asian development

18 November 2016 - 15:00
Trade and Globalisation

Round table with Canadian Foreign Minister Dion on diplomacy

05 July 2016 - 12:45
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