Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Research Student: Yuri Van Hoef

Friendship in World Politics. Assessing personal relations between American and European heads of government

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My PhD-project aims to operationalize the concept of friendship for use in the humanities and social sciences, and to explain to what extent friendly relationships between European and American state leaders have influenced international relations.  It does so by offering a new demarcation between friendship and partnership that is applicable to political relationships, and by testing this demarcation on several relevant historical case-studies. Currently, I focus on the Special Relationship between Great Britain and the United States, and on the Franco-German Friendship. I am also the co-founder of the White Rose Research Network for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, and one of the organisers of the annual Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics (CIAP).

My research has been awarded the University Research Scholarship (URS) from the University of Leeds.


I studied at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where I received my MA (cum laude) in the History of Political Culture, and further specialized by obtaining a research-master in Modern History and International Relations. After my studies, I worked as a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Groningen.

Key Publications

Felix Berenskoetter and Yuri van Hoef, Friendship and Foreign Policy AnalysisOxford Research Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis (2017).

Yuri van Hoef, ‘Friendship in world politics: Assessing the personal relationships between Kohl and Mitterrand, and Bush and Gorbachev’ AMITY: The Journal of Friendship Studies 2:1 (2014) pp.62-82.

Yuri van Hoef, ‘Vriendschap en vijandschap. De relaties tussen Amerikaanse en Russische staatshoofden’ in: Sipke de Hoop (ed.), Severnoe Okno. Studies over Midden- en Oost-Europa: Erfenis van het verleden, geopolitiek en nieuwe dreigingen (Instituut voor Noord-en Oost-Europese Studies: Groningen 2012), 43-64.

Yuri van Hoef, ‘De geschiedenisleraar als nobel leider’ in: Doeko Bosscher and Yuri van Hoef (eds), Koning Nobel. Opstellen over goede en kwade leiders, en wat het verschil maakt. Liber Amicorum voor Prof. dr. Hans Renner (Drukkerij van Denderen: Groningen 2011), 245-249.

Doeko Bosscher and Yuri van Hoef (eds), Koning Nobel. Opstellen over goede en kwade leiders, en wat het verschil maakt. Liber Amicorum voor Prof. dr. Hans Renner  (Drukkerij van Denderen: Groningen 2011).


John Von Heyking, The form of politics: Aristotle and Plato on friendship. Contemporary Political Theory (2017). doi:10.1057/s41296-017-0148-5

Human beings in International Relations. Edited by Daniel Jacobi and Annette Freyberg-Inan. International Affairs 92:1 (2016), 197–198.

Friendship. A History. Edited by Barbara Caine. AMITY: The Journal of Friendship Studies 3:1 (2015), 60-62.

Recognition in International Relations: rethinking a political concept in a global context.  Edited by Christopher Daase, Caroline Fehl, Anna Geis and Georgios Kolliarakis.          International Affairs 91:5 (2015), 1162-1163.

Friendship and International Relations. Edited by Simon Koschut and Andrea Oelsner. International Affairs 91:4 (2015), 874-875.

‘Pleidooi voor een neutralere visuele blik op Noord-Korea’ Internationale Spectator 68:12 (2014), 49-50.

‘Game Change: Sarah Palin als de grote zondebok in de Republikeinse campagne’. Internationale Spectator  66:7 (2012), 387-388.

‘Ongeloof en onmacht: 102 minuten die Amerika veranderden’ Internationale Spectator  65:11 (2011), 615-616. 

Media Contact Areas

  • Friendship in politics
  • State leaders and leadership styles
  • Dutch history and politics

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