Dr Peter van Ham is a senior research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael in The Hague. He is a visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) since 2000.

He holds a doctorate in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Leiden (1991), where he now is an adjunct professor (in the Leiden Law School). He was a professor of West European Politics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1996-2001); senior research fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (1993-6); and visiting scholar at Columbia University (New York); Chatham House (London); and the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI).

His books include: Social Power in International Politics (Routledge, 2010); Global Non-Proliferation and Counter-Terrorism (Brookings, 2006); Mapping European Security After Kosovo (Manchester UP, 2002); European Integration and the Postmodern Condition (Routledge, 2001); and A Critical Approach to European Security (Pinter, 1999). He has published in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Millennium, Security Dialogue, The Washington Quarterly, and other academic journals.