The Hon. Dr. Joris Voorhoeve received his PhD in 1973 from John Hopkins University. He is Professor of International Organizations at Leiden University and head of a research group on International Peace, Justice and Security at the The Hague University of Applied Science. He was Professor of International Security Studies at the Royal Dutch Defence Academy until 2010.
Dr. Voorhoeve served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 1982 until 1990 and as Minister of Defence from 1994 until 1998. His term as Minister is marked by the Srebrenica Massacre and especially the role of the Dutch UNPROFOR troops in the events leading to the genocide. His political career also includes membership of the Council of State from 1999 until2010.
Dr. Joris Voorhoeve acted as the director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Clingendael, and as chair of the World Population Foundation (WPF). He is currently the chair of Oxfam Novib’s Advisory Board and co-chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict GPPAC.
His publications include several works on international relations, like 'From War to the Rule of Law' (Amsterdam University Press, 2007) and recently 'Negen Plagen Tegelijk (Nine Plagues At Once: How do we survive the future? ' (Contact, 2011).