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Dr Jaïr van der Lijn

Programme Director (Non-resident)

Dr Jaïr van der Lijn

Jaïr van der Lijn

Dr Jaïr van der Lijn is a Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI Peace Operations and Conflict Management Programme. Jair joined SIPRI in 2013. He is also affiliated with the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. His research focuses primarily on: current trends and future developments in multilateral peace operations (eg. AU, EU, NATO, UN); their handling of complex environments; their evaluation; and, their relationship with local actors in host nations.

As part of the New Geopolitics of Peace Operations initiative he focused on the role of rising powers in the future of peace operations, the future of peace operations in Africa and the role of peace operations in dealing with non-traditional challenges, such as climate change, crime, migration, piracy and terrorism. He has published widely and conducted extensive field research in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, El Salvador, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan. He also has an extensive background in future foresight and scenario planning.

Subject expertise

Conflict resolution; conflict management; peace building; peace operations; military operations; multilateral security organisations; United Nations; African Union; rising powers in peace operations; international and regional security; complexity; comprehensive approaches in conflict management; asymmetric threats and non-traditional challenges; future foresight; scenarios methodology; evaluation

Regional expertise

Africa, Afghanistan, Balkans

Dutch, English, German

PhD in Conflict Management, Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management, Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands 

  • Associate Fellow, Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Senior Research Fellow, Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ 
  • Associate Editor, Journal of International Peacekeeping
External publications