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.

News

24 March 2017
This book, co-edited by Beatrice de Graaf, considers what changes may need to be made in order to keep Dutch national research at the top of the pack.
3 March 2017
Laurien Crump is awarded the George Blazyca Prize for her monograph 'The Warsaw Pact Reconsidered: International Relations in Eastern Europe, 1955-1969'.
1 March 2017
Eight Humanities programmes have been ranked best in their field, according to Keuzegids Masters 2017.
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Events

8 June 2017 15:00 - 17:30
This network event is an opportunity for EU-researchers from different disciplines to brainstorm and discuss EU legitimacy.
Sir Christopher Clark
28 June 2017 20:00 - 21:30
The title of Sir Christopher Clark’s talk is ‘Time of the Nazi’s: Past, Present and Future in the Third Reich’.
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7 April 2018
On 7 April 2018 SIB-Utrecht organises the conference 'A Struggle for Peace. Borders: borders of knowledge, identity and power'.
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Areas of expertise: international relations | European integration | institutions | law | human rights | globalisation | global governance | conflicts and war | terrorism | security | intelligence