Diplomatic practice

Course International Politics
Source: Koninklijk werkbezoek aan China. © Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken / Flickr
Training type
Open Registration Courses
Training category
Diplomatic practice
Training location
The Hague
Training data
1 Feb - 22 Mar 2021
Course language
Course price

Registration has opened for 2021. Register quick, the course has been full in the past years. We also offer this course in Dutch in the fall 2021.

What are the latest political developments in the world? What are the geopolitical consequences of the cyber warfare? What will the EU look like after Brexit? And how should NL/EU deal with China?

Our course ‘International Politics’ offers you the opportunity to dive into international political issues with leading researchers, experts and opinion makers. Insights are derived through case studies on current international affairs.

8 Monday afternoons sessions

During eight sessions on Monday afternoons (14:00 – 16:45 hrs) we will discuss the most relevant themes within the field of international politics. 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. The sessions will take place on 1, 8, 15, 22 February and 1, 8, 15 en 22 March 2021. The Dutch edition takes place in the fall.

Entry requirements

This course is open for everyone with an interest in current international political affairs, hence there are no entry requirements. However, the course is very popular. The maximum amount of participants is 20. Please register in time. 

What will you learn?

After this course you will be able to:

  • Analyse the main themes, actors and organisations in international politics
  • Indicate the most important trends in international politics
  • Place these developments within a broader context

Method & Trainers

During this course you will meet leading researchers, experts and opinion makers. Our experts who are also regularly in the media include Ingrid D'Hooghe (China relations), Hans Wurzer (Middle-East), Sico van der Meer (cybersecurity & nuclear weapons) and Louise van Schaik (climate change) and many more. 

Also, you will be in contact with guest speakers and experienced policy officers. The topics are introduced and further explored by field experts, and closed with a group discussion. Furthermore, our Clingendael experts will give brief introductions on methods such as ‘scenario planning’  or 'digital diplomacy'.

What else you need to know

No preparation is required for this course. The total workload consists of eight half day sessions and a similar amount of time for the reading of articles. Before the start of each session you will be asked to read a certain number of articles.

You will receive access to an online learning platform, Moodle, where related background materials and presentations will be uploaded prior to and during the course. 

Upon completion of the course, you will receive a course certificate.

You can qualify for a 10% discount if 5 or more people from the same organisation apply. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.

Our General Terms and Conditions apply to this course.

Register for this training course

Register for the course International Politics at the Clingendael Institute. After submission you will receive a confirmation email.
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