Prof. dr. I.G.B.M. (Isabelle) Duyvesteyn

  • Professor of International Studies / Global History
  • The nature of war and peace in the developing world
  • Irregular warfare and strategy
  • The history of terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Strategic culture
  • Intelligence and rebel governance

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2724
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Institute for History, History and International Studies
Office Address: Johan Huizingagebouw
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.35

Spreekuur / Hours

By appointment.


Isabelle Duyvesteyn is Professor of International Studies / Global History at the Leiden University Institute for History and Special Chair in Strategic Studies at the Leiden University Institute of Political Science.

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 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 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.

Last Modified: 16-02-2016