Jaïr van der Lijn

Former Senior Research Fellow


  • Security and Defence
  • Terrorism
  • Strategic Foresight
  • Migration


  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Sub Saharan Africa

Dr. Jaïr van der Lijn is Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. He joined Clingendael in 2007. He is also affiliated with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) where he heads the SIPRI Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme. His research focuses primarily on: current trends and future developments in multilateral peace operations (eg. AU, EU, NATO, UN); their handling of complex environments; their evaluation; and, their relationship with local actors in host nations. He has also focused on the role of rising powers in the future of peace operations, the future of peace operations in Africa and the role of peace operations in dealing with non-traditional challenges, such as climate change, crime, migration, piracy and terrorism. He has published widely and conducted extensive field research in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, El Salvador, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan.

He also has an extensive background in future foresight and was involved in the future policy survey ('Verkenningen') of the Netherlands armed forces. He has led scenario planning exercises and processes on amongst others countries Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria, and on topics such as the future of peace operations and the future of the monopoly on the use of force.

In addition to his roles at Clingendael and SIPRI, Jaïr is Associate Fellow at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Managment of the Radboud University Nijmegen and Associate Editor of the Journal of International Peacekeeping. He has extensive media experience.

My work



Conflict and Fragility

For the long run

30 January 2017 - 16:27

The Future of Police Missions

18 February 2016 - 14:27
Security and Defence

Peacekeeping operations in a changing world

16 February 2015 - 10:46
Security and Defence

Imagi-nation building in Illusionstan

27 June 2013 - 11:58
Trade and Globalisation

Peacebuilding plans and local reconfigurations

27 June 2013 - 11:28
Strategic Foresight

Afghanistan post-2014, groping in the dark?

08 May 2013 - 12:43
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