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Niels van Willigen

Associate Professor

Name
Dr. N.J.G. van Willigen
Telephone
+31 71 527 3632
E-mail
willigen@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0001-7940-0717

Dr. Niels van Willigen is an associate professor of international relations in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University.

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Dr. Niels van Willigen is an associate professor of international relations in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. His professional interests include theories of international relations, foreign policy analysis, and security studies—particularly peace operations, arms control, nuclear non-proliferation and European security.

He teaches bachelor and master courses on these or related topics in the Institute of Political Science. His publications appeared, amongst others, in European Journal of International Relations, International Peacekeeping, and East European Politics.

Van Willigen coordinates the Jean Monnet Network ‘Reconceptualizing European Power in an Age of Turmoil’ (RENPET), which is funded by the European Commission. He is also involved as guest lecturer in educational programs for foreign policy and defence professionals and is regularly invited for expert meetings at foreign policy and defence institutions. Van Willigen is a non-resident senior fellow in the Peace & Security Section of the Global Governance Institute (GGI) and associate researcher for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

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

Contact

  • Buitelaar T.J.A. & Willigen N.J.G. van (2021), Vredesmissies in een geopolitieke context: welke rol voor Nederland?, Militaire Spectator 190(11): 540 (553). article in journal
  • Willigen N.J.G. van (2021), Dutch foreign policy: staying the course amid a changing world. In: Joly J.K. & Haesebrouck T. (Eds.) Foreign Policy Change in Europe Since 1991. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 205-232. book chapter
  • Bakker F.E. & Willigen N.J.G. van (2021), Policy documents and the beliefs of foreign policy decision-makers: a next step in operational code analysis. In: Schafer M. & Walker S.G. (Eds.) Operational code analysis and foreign policy roles: crossing Simon's Bridge. New York: Routledge. 111-128. book chapter
  • Willigen N.J.G. van & Bakker F.E. (2021), Trauma and belief systems: an operational code analysis of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and the downing of flight MH17, Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 12(2): 215-233. article in journal: refereed
  • Willigen N.J.G. van & Blarel N.R.J.B. (2020), How do regional parties influence foreign policy? Insights from multilevel coalitional bargaining in India, European Journal of International Relations : 1-23. article in journal: refereed
  • Willigen N.J.G. van (2020), Business diplomacy from an IR perspective, Diplomatica: A journal of diplomacy and society 2(1): 13-19. article in journal
  • Bakker F.E., Van Willigen N. & Warmerdam D. (2019), The effect of role change on the operational codes of US presidents: from George H.W. Bush to Donald J. Trump. ISA 2019, Toronto. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N. & Bakker F. (2019), Trauma and foreign policy change; an operational code analysis of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and the downing of flight MH17. 6th European Workshops in International Studies 2019, Krakow. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N. & Bakker F. (2019), Trauma and foreign policy change; an operational code analysis of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and the downing of flight MH17. Politicologenetmaal,, Antwerp. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2018), A Dutch return to UN peacekeeping?. In: Koops J.A., Tercovich G. (Eds.) European Approaches to United Nations Peacekeeping. Towards a stronger Re-engagement?. London: Routledge. 106-124. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Pellikaan H. (2018), Bilateralism and nuclear security. In: Rajapogalan R.P., Wagemaker A. (Eds.) Global Nuclear Security: Moving Beyond the NSS. New Delhi: Observer Research Foundation. 20-30. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2018), Contesting the EUs Global Strategy. Barcelona: 1st Nortia Network Conference. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2018), Contesting the EUs Global Strategy’. Brussels: EU in International Affairs conference 2018. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2018), Dutch decision-making on peace operations: interactions between the government, parliament and public opinion. Tokyo: The Netherlands’ Constitution Article 100 and Public Opinion on Sending Peace Operations’, organized by the Aoyama Gakuin University Center for International Studies / Japan Forum for Strategic Studies. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2018), The Dutch experience with peace operations: the Mali mission and beyond. Tokyo: Sending International Peace Operation in Africa - Experience of the Netherlands in MINUSMA’, organized by the Aoyama Gakuin University Center for International Studies / Japan Forum for Strategic Studies. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Pellikaan H. (2017), Global nuclear threat and local nuclear security. Attaining global nuclear security, The Hague. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Blarel N. (2017), Coalitions and foreign policy making: Insights from the global south, European Political Science 16(4): 502-514. article in journal: refereed
  • Oppermann K., Brummer K. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2017), Coalition governance and foreign policy decision-making, European Political Science 16(4): 489-501. article in journal: refereed
  • Willigen N.J.G. van (2016), A Dutch return to UN peacekeeping?, International peacekeeping 23(5): 702-720. article in journal: refereed
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2016), A Dutch return to UN peacekeeping? Conference European Return to UN Peacekeeping. Opportunities, Challenges and Ways Ahead’, Brussels. conference paper: refereed
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2016), A Dutch return to UN peacekeeping? EU in International Affairs Conference V, Brussels. conference paper: refereed
  • Van Willigen N.J.G., Oppermann K. & Brummer K. (2016), Coalition governance and foreign policy decision making. British International Studies Association Annual Convention, Edinburgh. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Blarel N. (2016), Coalitions and Foreign Policy Making: Insights from the Global South. British International Studies Association Annual Convention, Edinburgh. conference paper: refereed
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2016), Netherlands: Anti-Brussels, not anti-EU. In: Janning J. (Ed.) Keeping Europeans Together. Assessing the State of EU Cohesion. London: European Council on Foreign Relation. 99-101. book chapter
  • Blarel N. & Van Willigen N. (2015), Regional actors and coalition politics in India: obstruction and constructive engagement. Paper presented at the British International Studies Association (BISA) 40th Anniversary Conference, London, 17 June 2015. London. conference paper: refereed
  • Pohl B. & Van Willigen N. (2015), Analytic eclecticism and EU foreign policy (in)action, Global Society 29(2): 175-198. article in journal: refereed
  • Pohl B., Van Willigen N. & Van Vonno C.M. (2015), Governmental interest, new liberalism, and the CSDP. In: Cladi L., Locatelli A. (Eds.) International Relations Theory and European Security: We thought we knew. London: Routledge. 65-82. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N. & Koops J. (2015), Security and defence institutions: NATO and OSCE. In: Jørgensen K.E., Laatikainen K.V. (Eds.) Sage Handbook on European Foreign Policy. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington D.C.: Sage. 736-744. book chapter
  • N.J.G. van Willigen (5 September 2014), NAVO-chef wil niet alleen beloftes horen, maar ook euro's zien. Interview met Het Financieele Dagblad. Interviewed by Ilse Zeemeijer for Het Financieele Dagblad(Economie en politiek) [interview]. other
  • Pellikaan H. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2014), The rationality of global zero; A game theoretical examination. Paper voor het Politicologenetmaal, Maastricht. Maastircht. conference paper: refereed
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Koops J. (2014), The European Union’s relationship with NATO and the OSCE. Paper for the EU in International Affairs Conference, 22-24 May 2014, Brussels. Brussels. conference paper: refereed
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Van Vonno C.M.C. (2014), Coalition government politics and Foreign Policy Analysis; Towards a new research program? Paper for the annual ISA Convention, 25-29 March 2014, Toronto. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G (2014), De nieuwe satellietstaat van Rusland’. Interview voor Bureau Buitenland, NPO Radio 1, 7 oktober 2014 for Bureau Buitenland(NPO, Radio 1) [interview]. television or radio interview
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2014), Effective multilateralism between unequal partners: The EU in the OSCE. In: Drieskens E., Van Schaik L (Eds.) he EU and Effective Multilateralism: Internal and external reform practices (Routledge Studies in European Security and Strategy). Routledge Studies in European Security and Strategy New York: Routledge. 136-152. book chapter
  • Kleistra Y. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2014), Evaluating the impact of EU diplomacy: Pitfalls and challenges. In: Koops J., Macaj G. (Eds.) The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor: Policies, Processes, Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 52-68. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2014), Stevenen de Koerden af op een eigen staat? Interview voor Trouw, 25 juni 2014 for Trouw(Buitenland) [interview]. other
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Vollaard J.P. (2013), Constrained but not sidelined: How foreign policy executives try to gain support for their policies. European International Studies Association Conference. Tartu. conference paper
  • Avtalyon-Bakker F.E., Van Willigen N.J.G. & De Bièvre D. (2013), Research note: Democratic peace explanations and the need for a new research agenda. Politicologenetmaal 2013. Gent. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2012), International administration and institutional autonomy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, East European Politics 4(28): 429-451. article in journal: refereed
  • Prizeman K. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2013), Anticipating the “final” Arms Trade Treaty Conference: Eight concrete proposals. Brussel: Global Governance Institute. report
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Pohl B. (2013), Causes of war. In: Hwang Y.-J., Cerna L. (Eds.) Global Challenges: Peace and War. Leiden: Brill. 29-42. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Kroezen J. (2013), End of war. In: Hwang Y.-J., Cerna L. (Eds.) Global Challenges: Peace and War. Leiden: Brill. 103-116. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Kleistra Y. (2013), Evaluating diplomacy. In: Jørgensen K.E., Laatikainen K.V. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions: Performance, policy, power. London and New York: Routledge. 102-112. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2013), Peacebuilding and international administration: The cases of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. London and New York: Routledge. book
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Kleistra Y. (2012), Evaluating the impact of EU diplomacy: Pitfalls and challenges. ECPR/SGEU: Sixth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics. Tampere. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Vollaard J.P. (2012), Explaining consensus politics in foreign and EU policy. International BISA-ISA Conference. Edinburgh. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Kleistra Y. (2012), Evaluating the impact of EU diplomacy: Pitfalls and challenges. European Union in International Affairs III Conference. Brussels. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Van der Bruggen K. (2012), The biological weapons convention, bioterrorism and the life sciences: GGI policy brief 2012/2. Brussels: The Global Governance Institute. conference paper
  • Kleistra Y. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2012), Je moet er naar zoeken: Interview met Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, nationaal rapporteur mensenhandel, Advances in Electronics 21(1): 91-98. article in journal
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (23 December 2011), Lever terroristen geen kant-en-klare recepten. De Volkskrant. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (18 November 2011), Hoe kan de NAVO op een geloofwaardige manier reageren op dreigingen van massavernietigingswapens, waaronder nucleaire wapens (Lecture). Den Haag. other
  • Vollaard J.P. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2011), Foreign policy and domestic consensus-making: The case of the Netherlands. ECPR General Conference. Reykjavik. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (8 July 2011), Multilateralism in nonproliferation. Lessons learned and future strategies (Lecture). Berlin. other
  • Vollaard J.P. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2011), Binnenlandse steun voor buitenlands beleid. In: D. Hellema, J. Rood & M. Segers (Eds.) Bezinning op het buitenland: Het Nederlands buitenlands beleid in een onzekere wereld. Den Haag: Instituut Clingendael. 193-216. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2010), Evaluating the European Union's diplomatic performance in international institutions. Conference: Europe in Global Governance: Performance, Reform, Power. Rapallo. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2010), Peacebuilding under International Administration: Creating durable political institutions? ECPR Joint Sessions . Münster. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2010), Evaluating diplomacy: A mission impossible?, Evaluation. The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 16(2): 119-135. article in journal: refereed
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2010), From nation-building to desecuritization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Security and Human Rights 21(2): 127-138. article in journal
  • Willigen N.J.G. van (18 June 2009), Building sustainable institutions ? : the results of international administration in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo: 1995-2008 (PhD thesis. Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University). Supervisor(s): Wijk, R. de. PhD thesis
  • Kleistra Y. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2009), Nederland en de nieuwe veiligheidsagenda. Een beschouwing over de behartiging van nationale belangen op het terrein van vrede en veiligheid. Politicologenetmaal. Nijmegen. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2009), NATO; the Third Musketeer of European Security? ECPR Joint Sessions. Lisbon, Portugal. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2009), EU conflict management and international administration in Bosnia and Kosovo. 50th ISA Convention. New York, USA. conference paper
  • Kleistra Y. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2009), Humanitair leed versus militair belang: Een beschouwing over de relatie tussen kennis en emotie in het Nederlandse debat over een verbod op clustermunitie. In: Alberts G., et al. (Eds.) Gevoel voor Kennis. Jaarboek kennissamenleving. Amsterdam: Aksant. 139-158. book chapter
  • Kleistra Y. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2009), Preparing the ground for a mine safe world. Dutch interventions on landmines and explosive remnants of war in the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and the Ottawa Convention 1966-2006. The Hague: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. report
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2009), Wederzijdse afhankelijkheid van recht en politiek binnen het nucleaire non-proliferatieregime, Vrede en Veiligheid. Tijdschrift voor Internationale Vraagstukken 38(2): 219-234. article in journal
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2008), Internationaal recht/internationale politiek: Wederzijdse afhankelijkheid. De casus van het nucleaire non-proliferatieregime. NIG Annual Conference. Enschede. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2008), The European Union's evolving conflict management role in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo. ECPR Joint Sessions. Rennes, France. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (16 March 2008), Geen stabiel Kosovo zonder Europese dialoog met Servië [blog entry]. other
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2008), Internationale gouvernementele samenwerking. In: Breeman G.E., Noort G.E. van, Rutgers M.R. (Eds.) De bestuurlijke kaart van Nederland. Het openbaar bestuur en zijn omgeving in nationaal en internationaal perspectief. Bussum: Coutinho. 193-214. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2008), Kosovo: Instabiel en niet soeverein, Internationale Spectator 62(7): 395-399. article in journal
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Kleistra Y. (2008), Nederland en het Oslo-proces: Pragmatisch idealisme als leidraad in de onderhandelingen over een totaalverbod op clustermunitie, Vrede en Veiligheid. Tijdschrift voor Internationale Vraagstukken 37(3): 279-305. article in journal
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. & Kleistra Y. (2007), Evaluating diplomacy: A mission impossible? United Kingdom Evaluation Society 13th Annual Conference. Leeds. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2007), Civilizational and cultural conflicts. In: Levinson D., Christensen K. (Eds.) Global Perspectives on the United States: Issues and Ideas Shaping International Relations. Great Barrington: Berkshire Publishing Group. 54-58. book chapter
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2007), Cyprus in het kwadraat, Socialisme & Democratie 64(3): 10-11. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (8 September 2006), Nederland, doe iets tegen clusterbommen. Trouw. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Gyarmati I. & Van Willigen N.J.G. (2006), Kosovo's internal security sector review. Strategic environment review and security threats analysis. Regional and international dimension. Geneva: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces. report
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2006), Taming intractable conflicts and engineering peace Review of: (2004) Taming intractable conflicts. Mediation in the hardest cases, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 14: 171-173. book review
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2005), Political institution building under international administration: The case of Kosovo. World International Studies Committee First International Studies Conference. Istanbul, Turkey. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2005), Political institution building in Kosovo. NKWP Politicologenetmaal 2005 . Antwerpen, Belgium. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2005), Review Review of: Chesterman S. (2004) You, the People. The United Nations, Transitional Administration and State-Building, Vrede en Veiligheid. Tijdschrift voor Internationale Vraagstukken 34: 136-141. book review
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2004), International Administration: Legal but Illegitimate? Fifth Pan-European Conference: 'Constructing World Orders'. Den Haag. conference paper
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (11 July 2004), Kosovo: Frozen conflict under international administration (Lecture). Wenen. other
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (7 May 2004), The European Union on the world stage (Lecture). Leiden. other
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (18 March 2004), International administration of war-torn territories: The cases of Kosovo and Bosnia (Lecture). Amsterdam. other
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2004), De hele wereld democratisch? Review of: Rawls J.B.|Zakaria F. (2001|2003) The law of peoples|The Future of Freedom. Illeberal democracy at home and abroad, Mare di Libri 2: 3-3. book review
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2004), Het internationale bestuur van oorlogsgebieden: Oude wijn in nieuwe zakken?, Vrede en Veiligheid. Tijdschrift voor Internationale Vraagstukken 33(2): 217-235. article in journal
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2004), Review of Between anarchy and society. Trusteeship and the obligations of power Review of: Bain W. (2003) Between anarchy and society. Trusteeship and the obligations of power, Survival 46: 166-167. book review
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2004), Review of "De (on)rechtmatigheid van humanitaire interventie. Respect voor staatssoevereiniteit versus bescherming van mensenrechten?" Review of: Molier G. (2003) De (on)rechtmatigheid van humanitaire interventie. Respect voor staatssoevereiniteit versus bescherming van mensenrechten?, Vrede en Veiligheid. Tijdschrift voor Internationale Vraagstukken 33. book review
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2004), Review of Humanitarian Intervention. Ethical, Legal, and Political Dilemmas Review of: Holzgrefe J.L., Keohane R.O. (2003) Humanitarian Intervention. Ethical, Legal, and Political Dilemmas, Vrede en Veiligheid. Tijdschrift voor Internationale Vraagstukken 33: 160-164. book review
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2003), De rationaliteit van een dictator, Internationale Spectator 57(9): 435-436. article in journal
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2003), Een stap terug in Bosnië-Herzegovina?, Internationale Spectator 57(6): 288-293. article in journal
  • Van Willigen N.J.G. (2003), Germany and the transatlantic link. The role of Germany in the development of a balanced European Security and Defense Identity strengthening NATO. Brussels: NATO Office of Academic Affairs. report
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