Knowledge Institutes

The Netherlands hosts a wide variety of knowledge institutes working on Russia and Eastern Europe related topics. This page provides a non-exhaustive overview of relevant organisations that have agreed to become part of the REKA network.

The Clingendael Institute

Clingendael is an independent think tank and a diplomatic academy, based in The Hague - City of Peace and Justice. As part of Clingendael, the Russia & Eastern Europe Centre aims to increase knowledge of this vast and complex region through analysis, strategic policy advice and events.

Raam op Rusland

'Window to Russia' aims to reinvigorate the debate and provide a forum for analyses and expertise. 

Nederland-Rusland Centrum

The Netherlands-Russia Centre aims to build business, governmental, and cultural relationships between The Netherlands and Russia. The Netherlands-Russia Centre strongly believes in the necessity of combining business with culture.

Lighthouse Moscow

The mission of The Lighthouse Group is to build bridges between Russian and Western businesses, which it has successfully done since 1999.

Russia Platform Ghent University

The ambition of the UGent Russia Platform is to coordinate, facilitate and stimulate cooperation with Russia and knowledge about Russia in the field of education, research and service to society.


DutchCulture is the network and knowledge organization for international cultural cooperation. DutchCulture supports the Dutch cultural and creative sector, public authorities and diplomatic posts in the pursuit of their international ambitions.

Centre for European Security Studies

The Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) is an independent institute for research and training, based in Groningen, The Netherlands. As part of CESS, Europe-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) is presented as the knowledge hub on broader Europe-Central Asia relations.

Wageningen University and Research

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) cooperates with partners in Russia and Eastern Europe in the field of sustainable food systems, living environment and healthy well-being. Its mission is 'to explore the potential of nature 'to improve the quality of life'. 

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) conducts research and provides advice on geopolitical and defence & security issues to governments, international institutions and businesses. Research is characterized by a datadriven, multidisciplinary approach, specialist knowledge and a strategic orientation.

Nederlands Instituut in Sint-Petersburg

The Netherlands Institute in Saint Petersburg (NIP) is an academic centre that increases expertise in the field of Russian studies and offers services to researchers and students of the participating universities. The NIP is part of the University of Amsterdam and is partnered with the University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, the Free University and the Radboud University of Nijmegen.

The Dutch-Russian Law Association

The Dutch-Russian Law Association (DRLA) aims to promote a fair administration of justice, the rule of law and the observance of fundamental rights in the Netherlands and Russia.