Diplomatic practice

Course International Politics
Source: G7 Summit Family Photo, Pool for Yomiuri / The Yomiuri Shimbun via Reuters Connect
Training type
Open Registration Courses
Training category
Diplomatic practice
Training location
The Hague
Training data
7 Feb - 28 Mar 2022
Course language
Course price

What are the latest political developments in the world? Which geopolitical consequences will arise from a melting arctic? Will the EU look radically different due to Eurobonds? Might there be new momentum for global climate and health treaties? And what does the future hold for relations between China and the West?

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

Eight 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

  • 7, 14, 21, 28 February
  • 7, 14, 21 and 28 March

The Dutch edition takes place from the end of May until the beginning of July 2022.

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 so make sure to register on 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. Past experts contributing to the program who are also regularly in the media include Ingrid D'Hooghe (China relations), Hans Wurzer (Middle-East), Sico van der Meer (cybersecurity & nuclear weapons) Louise van Schaik (climate change) and many more. 

Also, you will be in contact with notable 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 trainers will provide many interactive and practical workshops on tools such as ‘scenario planning’  and 'digital diplomacy'.

Additional information

No preparation is required for this course. The total workload consists of eight half day sessions and a similar amount of time for preparatory readings during the course. 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 the course International Politics at the Clingendael Institute. After submission you will receive a confirmation email.
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