The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ is a leading Dutch think tank and diplomatic academy on international affairs. The Institute provides public and private sector organizations with in-depth analysis of global developments in the fields of international security, conflict management, European integration and EU external action. The Clingendael Institute was established in 1983 as a non-profit foundation and currently employs around 100 staff, the majority of whom are employed in either research or training activities.
Conflict Research Unit
The Conflict Research Unit (CRU) is a specialized team within the Clingendael Institute, conducting applied, policy-oriented research and developing practical tools that assist national and multilateral governmental and non-governmental organizations in their engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations. Taking the broader political economy of conflict as a starting point, CRU’s research aims to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of international efforts in response to present-day conflict and fragility. By providing independent, interdisciplinary and evidence-based advice to decision-makers in organizations with a significant foreign policy, investment or development portfolio, CRU enables policymakers and practitioners to take informed action against the human suffering caused by violent conflict today.
CRU’s research activities cover the full programme cycle: from conflict and context analysis, to programme design, to programme monitoring and programme adjustment, to programme evaluation and results measurement. The CRU team consists of 15 researchers who combine operational and policy experience with strong analytical skills. Clients include the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its embassies, as well as ministries of foreign affairs and development cooperation of other bilateral donors (e.g. the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany), UN organizations, the OECD/DAC, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Commission, and Dutch and International NGOs.
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