The History of International Relations section offers teaching programmes and conducts research into the developments in the international political systems from the early modern period until the present day.

The overarching research questions are how Europeanisation and globalisation have changed over time, how they affected democracy and the rule of law; how the position of the Netherlands in the world adapted to these changes; and how conflict, war, terrorism and violence determine the international (interstate) system, its security and institutions.


15 October 2019
In the midst of all the political chaos, climate change issues seem to have fallen by the wayside. Unjustifiably so, says Liesbeth van de Grift.
Dr. Ralph Sprenkels
8 October 2019
On 14 September 2019, our dear colleague Ralph Sprenkels passed away after he had suffered a cardiac arrest.
12 September 2019
Beatrice de Graaf on talkshow Jinek about right-wing extremism, terrorism and violence.


Val van de Berlijnse Muur (1989)
9 November 2019 11:00 - 17:00
International scholars shed a new light on the fall of the Berlin Wall and developments that preceded and followed it.
4 December 2019 15:30 - 17:00
In this lecture, Wolfram Kaiser will reflect on the evolving nature of the governance of European integration as the result of a continuing “clash of cultures.”
Areas of expertise: international relations | European integration | institutions | law | human rights | globalisation | global governance | conflicts and war | terrorism | security | intelligence