Diplomatic practice

Course International Politics
Source: G7 Summit - Conclusion / Reuters
Training type
Open Registration Courses
Training category
Diplomatic practice
Training location
The Hague
Training data
1 Feb - 31 Mar 2023
Course language
Course price

The dates of the 2023 edition will be announced soon. Please register for the email alert to stay up to date. 

What are the latest political developments in the world? Will the EU become a geopolitical actor in its own right? How will the climate crisis, digital revolution and socio-economic inequality shape the political constellations of the next decade? What role will rising continents like Africa play, and what are the consequences of the growing importance of outer space? And what does the future hold for relations between China, Russia and the West?

Our course International Politics offers you the opportunity to dive into these kinds of issues with leading researchers, practitioners and opinion makers. Insights are derived from case studies on current international affairs.

Training sessions: 8 afternoons

During 8 sessions on Monday afternoons (13:00-17:00 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, long-term (geopolitical) context. The dates of the sessions of 2023 are to be announced.

The English edition takes place in February and March 2023. The Dutch edition (full for 2022) takes place from the beginning of October until the end of November 2023.

Entry requirements

The course International Politics is open for everyone with an interest in 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 most important frameworks, actors and trends in international politics from different disciplinary perspectives (e.g. from an economic, technological and security perspective).
  • Place recent political developments around the globe within a broader and long-term context, and understand how the issues relate to each other.
  • Go beyond theoretical insights through the use of a practical toolkit
  • Identify specific political challenges to you or your organisation.


Each course’s unique content and speakers are based on state-of-the-art research, contemporary developments and the participants’ needs. The course programme is structured along coherent thematic and regional modules.

All individual sessions are tailormade and encourage discussion between participants and experts. An additional online learning environment helps participants structure their insights before, during and after the course and enables them to engage with the material in a modern, interactive and creative way.

The course also prioritises the practical applicability of insights. The sessions focussed on skills and work processes, such as group discussions, a multilateral decision-making simulation and a scenario-building workshop, help participants go beyond the theory.


During the course International Politics you will be trained by trainers from the Clingendael Academy, leading researchers, practitioners and opinion makers. Former NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was one of the contributing experts in previous courses.

Contributing experts in the current edition are, amongst others, Member of the European Parliament Bart Groothuis, Political Science professor Catherine de Vries and future technology expert Haroon Sheikh. Participants will also meet Clingendael’s in-house experts, such as Ingrid D'Hooghe (China relations), Hans Wurzer (Middle East) and Louise van Schaik (climate change).

There will also be many opportunities for discussions and networking between participants and with the various experts, culminating in an informal event at the end of the course.

Additional information

The total workload of this course consists of eight half-day sessions (of 4 hours) + approximately 2 hours of preparation time per week.

Participants will also receive access to an online learning platform (Moodle) and a digital classroom (Rise) where an interactive optional pre-course module will be made available before the course starts, materials from the experts will be uploaded during the course, and additional modules can be consulted after the conclusion of 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.

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