Godfried van Benthem van den Bergh studied chemistry, law and social science. He was an editor for literary journal De Gids and Extraordinary Professor in International Relations at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Van Benthem was also a member of various boards: he was chairman of the board of the Dutch National Theatre and of that of the Netherlands Society for International Affairs. He was also a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense. He wrote the book The Nuclear Revolution and the End of the Cold War, Forced Restraint (1993).