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Dijkstra, H (Hylke)

Dr Hylke Dijkstra is the Director of the MA in European Studies at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He is also the Principal Investigator of a prestigious ERC research project on the decline and death of international organizations. He is furthermore the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Security Policy.

Hylke Dijkstra holds a PhD in Political Science (cum laude) from Maastricht. He read Contemporary European Studies (MPhil) in Cambridge. He was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he was also affiliated to Nuffield College. He was also work-package leader in the Horizon 2020-funded EU-CIVCAP project. He is currently a board member of the Maastricht University Brussels Campus.

Hylke Dijkstra has published extensively on international organizations, including the European Union, NATO and the United Nations, in Cooperation and ConflictGlobal GovernanceGlobal PolicyInternational PeacekeepingJournal of European IntegrationJournal of European Public Policy and The Review of International Organizations. He is author of International Organization (with Rittberger/Zangl/Kruck) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), International Organizations and Military Affairs (Routledge, 2016) and Policy-Making in EU Security and Defense (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Hylke Dijkstra is the winner of the 2008 prize for best article in European Foreign Affairs Review for scholars under the age of thirty-five. For his dissertation, he received the Otto von der Gablentz Academic Prize and the G.A. Van Poelje Prize.


Career History

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Maastricht University (2012-date; tenure since 2015)
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Oxford (2012-2014)
  • Non-stipendiary Research Fellow, Nuffield College (2012-2014)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Maastricht University (2011-2012)

Education

  • PhD in Political Science, Maastricht University, cum laude (2007-2011)
  • MPhil in Contemporary European Studies, University of Cambridge (2006-2007)
  • BA in European Studies, Maastricht University (2002-2005)
  • BSc in International Economics, Maastricht University (2001-2005)

Honours and Awards

  • G.A. van Poelje Annual Prize for best dissertation in Public Administration (2013)
  • Otto van der Gablentz Academic Prize for best dissertation on European integration (2012)
  • Annual prize for best article published in the European Foreign Affairs Review by a scholar under the age of thirty-five (2009) 

Major research grants

  • Principal Investigator, ERC Starting Grant (2019-2023)
  • Co-applicant, EU Horizon 2020 Secure Societies, EU-CIVCAP (2015-2018)
  • Applicant, EU FP7, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2012-2014)

Professional activities

  • Director of the MA in European Studies (2018-date).
  • Member of core planning team developing a new BA in Digital Society (2017-date).
  • Board member, Maastricht University Brussels Campus (2017-date).
  • Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Security Policy (2016-date).
  • Referee for African SecurityCambridge Review of International AffairsContemporary Security Policy, Cooperation and Conflict, European Integration Online PapersEuropean Security, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global AffairsHague Journal on the Rule of Law, International RelationsInternational Peacekeeping, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Common Market StudiesJournal of Contemporary European ResearchJournal of European IntegrationJournal of European Public PolicyJournal of International Organizations StudiesJournal of International Relations and DevelopmentJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Journal of Peace Research, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, Politics and Governance, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Routledge, Studia DiplomaticaThe Review of International Organizations.
  • Admissions panel, MPhil in Politics, University of Oxford (2013)
  • Campus Brussels Steering Group FASoS (2010-2011).
  • Co-founder and co-chair of the European Studies alumni platform Brussels (2007-2010).
  • PhD Representative for the Netherlands Institute of Government (2008-2010).
  • Faculty Advisor EuroSim (2008-2010).

Organisation of events

  • Co-organizer workshop "EU Civilian Capability for Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping", Brussels (2017).
  • Co-organizer workshop "Internal and External EU Security Perspectives", Brussels (2016).
  • Co-organizer workshop "Explaining Authority in International Organizations", Brussels (2014).
  • Co-organizer workshop "Authority and Control in International Organizations" at ECPR Joint Sessions, Salamanca (2014).
  • Co-organizer workshop "Secretariats of International Organizations", Oxford (2013)
  • Co-chair section "International Organisations in Times of Crisis" at 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Warsaw (2013).
  • Co-organizer workshop "Bureaucracy and the European Security and Defence Policy", Maastricht (2009).

Research Profile

Hylke Dijkstra is interested in the role of international organizations. He focuses, in particular, on policy-making dynamics within international organizations, including the informal processes taking place behind the scenes. He has published extensively on policy-making in the EU, NATO and UN, including in Cooperation and ConflictGlobal GovernanceInternational PeacekeepingJournal of European IntegrationJournal of European Public Policy and The Review of International Organizations. He is the author of International Organization (Palgrave, 2019; with Rittberger/Zangl/Kruck), International Organizations and Military Affairs (Routledge, 2016) and Policy-Making in EU Security and Defense (Palgrave, 2013).

Hylke Dijkstra is the principal investigator of an ERC Starting Grant (2019-2023). He also played a central role in the large-scale EU-CIVCAP research project (2015-2018), which is funded through Horizon 2020. This project is about analysing the civilian capabilities of the EU, UN and OSCE for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. As the Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Security Policy, he furthermore leads one of the oldest academic journal in the area of security studies. The journal not only publishes cutting-edge research, but also seeks to engage with an audience of policy-makers.


Research Projects

Who gets to live forever? Toward an Institutional Theory on the Decline and Death of International Organisations (ERC) (2019-2023)

Many international organisations (IOs) are under significant pressure. The World Health Organization was heavily criticized over its handling of the Ebola outbreak. The United States has not contributed to the UNESCO budget since 2011 and plans to quit in 2018. The United Kingdom is negotiating its exit from the  EU and Burundi left the International Criminal Court. The ultimate way for states to show their discontent is to disband IOs: no less than a third of the IOs, created between 1905 and 2005, has formally ceased to exist. While academics have analysed how IOs are designed and develop, we know virtually nothing about decline and death. This project addresses therefore the question why do IOs decline or die?

Website: http://www.nestior.eu

Preventing and Responding to Conflict: Developing EU Civilian Capabilities for a Sustainable Peace (EU-CIVCAP) (2015-2018)

The European Union (EU) regularly sends policemen, rule of law experts, and monitors on civilian missions to other countries in order to prevent and respond to conflict. Among the 20+ civilian missions are recent deployments to Congo, Kosovo, Georgia and Ukraine. This research project analyses the capabilities which these policemen, rule of law experts and monitors need to properly carry out their functions. These capabilities range from armoured vehicles, to training and communcation systems. In addition to carrying out research, the project also has a strong dissemination component to help EU officials in improving civilian capabilities.

This large-scale project, funded under Horizon 2020 Secure Societies, is coordinated by the University of Bristol and contains ten universities, think tanks and EU agencies from across Europe. Researchers at Maastricht University focus on the EU civilian capabilities needed to respond to crises in comparison to other international organisations such as the UN and OSCE. They also analyse interactions between the EU, UN and OSCE in terms of civilian capabilities.

Dijkstra, H., E. Mahr, P. Petrov, K. Dokic and P.H. Zartsdahl, "The EU’s partners in crisis response and peacebuilding: complementarities and synergies with the UN and OSCE", Global Affairs, OnlineFirst. 

Dijkstra, H., E. Mahr, P. Petrov, K. Dokic and P.H. Zartsdahl, “Partners in conflict prevention and peacebuilding: How the EU, UN and OSCE exchange civilian capabilities in Kosovo, Mali and Armenia”, 4 September 2017.

Dijkstra, H., P. Petrov and E. Mahr, “Reacting to Conflict: Civilian Capabilities in the EU, UN and OSCE”, 2 November 2016.

Beyond Sovereignty: Delegation and Agency in International Security (2012-2014)

The United Nations (UN), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and European Union (EU) currently have a record number of 250,000 troops deployed – up from 11,000 in 1989 and 90,000 in 2002. From Afghanistan to Congo, Haiti and Kosovo, these soldiers monitor inter-state agreements, provide stability and even fight insurgency. They oftentimes perform their duties in difficult environments. In their day-to-day operations, they are supported by a plethora of international secretariats in Brussels and New York employing thousands of civil servants. These secretariats play a vital role in the success or failure of military operations.

This project investigated why sovereign states delegate such important functions to international secretariats in international security. It also analysed under which conditions international secretariats exert influence in policy-making. The project was based at the University of Oxford and funded by the FP7 Marie Curie IEF Programme of the European Union.

Dijkstra, H. (2016) International Organizations and Military Affairs, London: Routledge.


Teaching

Programme director

  • MA in European Studies (2018-date)

Course coordination

  • Europe and the World, RMES (2015-2018)
  • Qualitative interviewing, RMES (2016-2018)
  • Negotiations Skills, BA-2 (2014, 2015)

Courses and skills training

  • Qualitative interviewing, RMES (2016-2018)
  • Europe and the World, RMES (spring 2015, fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • International Relations, BA-2 (2015)
  • MARBLE Honours Seminar 'Emerging Powers and Global Governance', BA-3 (2015, 2016)
  • Negotiations Skills, BA-2 (2007, 2014, 2015)
  • Research and Writing, BA-1 (2007, 2014)
  • MARBLE Honours Seminar 'Who Speaks for Europe?', BA-3 (2010-2012)
  • European Policy Process Skills, MA (2011)
  • External Relations of the European Union, BA-3 (2008-2010)
  • European History, BA-1 (2007)

Undergraduate/graduate theses

  • Thesis supervision, PhD (2015-date)
  • Thesis supervision, MA (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015-2019)
  • Thesis supervision, BA-3 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2012, 2015-2017, 2019)
  • Thesis supervision, BA-2 (2009, 2011, 2012) 
  • Thesis supervision, MPhil Oxford (2012-2014)

Other teaching

  • Internships (2015)
  • Mentoring (2014)

Work for third parties

 

1) Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Security Policy (Taylor and Francis journal).

 

2) Academic friend, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) in Brussels.