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Niels van Willigen

Associate Professor

Dr. N.J.G. van Willigen
+31 71 527 3632

Niels van Willigen is associate professor of international relations. He studied history at Leiden University. Having completed his studies in 2001, he did research on the ‘European Security and Defense Identity’ as a part of NATO’s research fellowship programme. From 2002 to 2007 he has worked as a PhD-candidate at the Institute of Political Science of Leiden University. In 2009 he completed his dissertation on the international administrations in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo. Dr. Van Willigen is also a Senior Analyst in the Peace & Security Section of the Global Governance Institute.

The research interests of Dr. Niels van Willigen include theories of international relations, foreign policy analysis, security studies (more in particular peace operations, arms control and European security) and international law.

PhD supervision

Niels van Willigen is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:

  • International Relations
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • European security

See for more information on PhD positions:

Institute of Political Science: PhD

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 5B33



  • European Council on Foreign Relations Onderzoeker
  • Budo Ryu Katsu Eigenaar Budo Ryu Katsu (Japanse verdedigingssport)
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