Duco Hellema is emeritus professor. He studied political science at Leiden University, and was awarded his doctorate in 1990 on a study of the position adopted by the Netherlands at the time of the Hungarian revolution and the Suez crisis in 1956. In 1998, he was appointed Professor of the History of International Relations at the History Institute of Utrecht University. He has lectured on a wide range of topics, such as International Relations Theories, History of the International State System, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century History, Dutch Foreign Relations, Cold War History, Democracy and Democratization, International History of the Seventies.

He has published widely on Dutch foreign relations, the Cold War and the history of international relations in general, for instance: (with G.T. Witte and C. Wiebes) The Netherlands and the Oil Crisis (Amsterdam University Press, 2004). His most well-known book is Nederland in de wereld about the history of the Netherlands’ foreign relations (sixth edition, published in August 2016), translated in English as Dutch Foreign Policy (Dordrecht: Republic of Letters, 2009).  His most recent books are Nederland en de jaren zeventig (‘The Netherlands and the 1970s’, Amsterdam: Boom, 2012), and (with Giles Scott-Smith, De Amerikaanse ambassade in Den Haag (Amsterdam, Boom, 2016). about the American Embassy in The Hague. See List of Publications