The Clingendael Institute is located in the partially 17 th century country manor house ‘Huys Clingendael’, which is surrounded by the Park Clingendael.

Clingendael – the Netherlands Institute of International Relations – is the leading independent Dutch think tank and academy for international relations, based in The Hague – City of Peace and Justice. Our research, training and public debate inspire and equip societies, businesses and governments to encourage a secure, sustainable, prosperous and just world.

Clingendael Research

Clingendael Research provides independent, interdisciplinary, evidence-based and policy-relevant analyses and recommendations about urgent international issues. Clingendael analyses the most important trends and issues in international environments and policies, evaluates international policies, studies public opinions concerning international developments and public support for international policies, contributes to new concepts and perspectives regarding international developments, and provides advice on how to approach critical international issues.

Clingendael Academy

Clingendael Academy provides diplomatic training courses, thematic programmes (European Union, sustainability issues, economics and trade, security and conflict management) skills programmes, tailor-made training, expert seminars, open application courses and individual coaching in order to operate effectively at the international level. The Academy also offers capacity-building programmes to support the development of diplomatic academies or other training institutes. These programmes include advice on institutional development, training programmes and training methodologies, as well as train-the-trainer workshops.

Public Platform

The Clingendael Public Platform clarifies current international developments and shares knowledge with the public at large by means of an active role of Clingendael experts in traditional and online media. It also offers a platform for sharing knowledge among politicians, policymakers, social partners and businesses and, with this, provides inspiration for informed action by these parties. Furthermore, Clingendael's Public Platform organises idea exchanges and programmes public meetings aimed at debate and dialogue with a broader audience about international relations from a Dutch perspective, and publishes the online magazine Clingendael Spectator.

Our research, training and Public Platform activities require specialisation, but are also combined to best serve our customers. Expertise in all three dimensions makes our institute unique.


Clingendael is independent and not affiliated to any political, social, or religious movement. As an independent platform, the Institute organises policy exchanges, conferences and roundtables, aimed at enhancing the quality of debate about international affairs.