Gijs Verbossen trains and coaches Pax Ludens’ students on the socio-political complexities of the Middle East. Students range from the high ranks of the Dutch Armed Forces to university students.
Gijs specialises in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with broad attention for the Middle East and North Africa region. He focuses on political mobilisation; irregular armed forces; ethno-sectarianism; the role of the state in armed conflict; human security and theories of conflict resolution. He holds a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies from Utrecht University and an MSc (cum laude) degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from VU University Amsterdam. After consultancy for the Ho Chi Minh City office of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and research for the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism in The Hague, he currently is a PhD candidate at the International Relations department of La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. In this overseas capacity ‘down under’, Gijs represents Pax Ludens in Australia.
The ‘Dutch Association for International Affairs Thesis Prize 2010’ was awarded to Gijs by professor Ko Colijn (director of the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’) for his outstanding MSc thesis. He regularly publishes and lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the social ramifications and underpinnings of armed conflict.