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Isabelle Duijvesteijn

Professor of International Studies and Global History

Prof.dr. I.G.B.M. Duijvesteijn
+31 71 527 2724

Isabelle Duyvesteyn is Professor of International Studies / Global History at the Leiden University Institute for History

More information about Isabelle Duijvesteijn

Office hours

By appointment

Besides her office at the Johan Huizinga building, Isabelle Duyvesteyn also has an office at the Campus The Hague:

Wijnhaven Building
Room 5.12
Turfmarkt 99 
2511 DP The Hague

Short CV

Isabelle Duyvesteyn is Professor of International Studies / Global History at the Leiden University Institute for History. 

She completed her PhD at the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. Previously she has worked at the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations. She is a NWO laureate having received both a VIDI and an Aspasia research grant. 

Her research interests include the nature of war and peace in the developing world, irregular warfare and strategy, the history of terrorism and counter-terrorism, strategic culture and intelligence and rebel governance. 

She is a member of the national Advisory Council for International Affairs assigned to advise the Netherlands government on issues of peace and security, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Defence Academy and a member of several book and journal editorial boards, notably  Small Wars and Insurgencies, Leiden University Press, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and the Routledge series on  Insurgency, Counter-insurgency and National Interest

She has published numerous books and articles, please refer to the publications page.

Publication highlights

Isabelle Duyvesteyn, 'Machiavelli and Minor States; Power Politics in the International System'. Inaugural lecture, Leiden University 2017.

Isabelle Duyvesteyn and Bram Peters, 'Fickle Foreign Fighters? A cross-case analysis of seven Muslim foreign fighter mobilizations (1980-2015)', Research Paper ICCT The Hague 2015. 

Isabelle Duyvesteyn and Georg Frerks a.o., ‘Reconsidering Rebel Governance’, in: John Idriss Lahai and Tanya Lyons (eds.) African Frontiers (Ashgate: 2015). 

Isabelle Duyvesteyn and Luuk Arlar, ‘Nederland en humanitaire interventie’, in: Jacco Pekelder, Remco Raben en Mathieu Segers (red.), De Wereld Volgens Nederland (Amsterdam: Boom 2015), pp. 221-245.

Professor of International Studies and Global History

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • History and International Studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.35



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