Think-tank Partners

Gateway House

Gateway House is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit foreign policy think-tank based in Mumbai, India. The organisation’s purpose is to engage India’s leading corporations and individuals in debate and scholarship on India’s foreign policy and its role in global affairs. Gateway House’s studies programme is at the heart of the institute’s scholarship, with original research by global and local scholars in geo-economics, geopolitics, foreign policy analysis, bilateral relations, democracy and nation-building, national security, ethnic conflict and terrorism, science, technology and innovation, and energy and environment.

International Strategic Research Organization (USAK)  
USAK (International Strategic Research Organization) is a non-partisan, non-profit, non-governmental research organization based in Ankara. USAK is an umbrella organization that carries out several types of studies through different research centers. USAK is dedicated to conduct high quality, empirical research on international relations and security issues through a dynamic program of seminars, conferences, workshops, expert analysis, reports, books, educational activities and media relations.


Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) is a leading Central European think tank that positions itself between the world of politics and independent analysis. PISM provides analytical support to decision-makers and diplomats, initiates public debate and disseminates expert knowledge about contemporary international relations. The work of PISM is guided by the conviction that the decision-making process in international relations should be based on knowledge that comes from reliable and valid research. The Institute carries out its own research, cooperates on international research projects, prepares reports and analyses and collaborates with institutions with a similar profile worldwide. PISM is steadily growing in importance as an opinion-forming institution. In the international rankings of the global “Go-To Think Tanks2011” report produced annually by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), PISM took second place among the top think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe and was recognised as one of the world's top 30 think tanks (category: Top Thirty Think Tanks World Wide – US and Non-US).


Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. SIPRI was established on the basis of a decision by the Swedish Parliament and receives a substantial part of its funding in the form of an annual grant from the Swedish Government. The Institute also seeks financial support from other organizations in order to carry out its broad research programme. SIPRI's structure comprises the Governing Board and the Director, Deputy Director, Research Staff Collegium and support staff, together numbering around 50-60 people. SIPRI's staff and Governing Board are international. Located in Stockholm, Sweden, SIPRI offers a unique platform for researchers from different countries to work in close cooperation. The Institute also hosts guest researchers and interns who work on issues related to the SIPRI research programmes. SIPRI maintains contacts with other research centres and individual researchers throughout the world. The Institute cooperates closely with several intergovernmental organizations, notably the United Nations and the European Union, and regularly receives parliamentary, scientific and government delegations as well as visiting researchers.


Coalition Partners

Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)  

The Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) is a private non-partisan research institute established in September 1996. As a research institute and think tank, the AIES contributes to the enhancement of the knowledge and awareness of the European integration process and international policies as well as security issues in Austria and on European and international level.

Balkan Security Agenda (BSA)

The Balkan Security Agenda (BSA) is a Belgrade-based think tank focusing exclusively on defence and security issues, and specialising in identifying policies, actions, and resources that are vital to Balkan security. The BSA was founded by a number of individuals interested in a comprehensive approach of maintaining civilised international relations on the Balkan in the modern age. It was launched as a neutral meeting point for defence and security specialists, and is especially devoted to emerging security challenges that have an impact on the South East European region. It ensures that the voices of all stakeholders are heard by gathering representatives of the security community, national governments and parliaments, industry, academia, think-tanks, NGOs and media. The organisation’s intention is to establish successful regional security policies through the use of all elements of national power – diplomatic, informational, military, and economic – for maintaining peace and stability, and, by that, to make a contribution to regional and global security matters. BSA is independent, owing no allegiance to any government or any political or other organisation.
Belgrade Security Forum 

Launched in 2011, the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) is rapidly become one of the most vibrant regional initiatives in security dialogue. It aims to create a relevant policy venue that will contribute to the development of a security community in the Balkan region as well as providing a meaningful contribution to the ongoing European and global security discussion. The BSF intends to create a viable national network of stakeholders who will continue to engage in regular disussions and consultations on various security and foreign policy issues. The central event is an annual high-level conference held in Belgrade in September each year.

Hosted by three partner civil society organizations – the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and the European Movement in Serbia – the Forum provides a place where Balkan policy- and opinion-makers, as well as members of the academic community and civil society, meet with their counterparts from other parts of the world in order to exchange views on pressing security issues of the day. Already in its first year, the Belgrade Security Forum was successful in bringing together high-level policy makers and those who influence public opinion on security and foreign policy in Europe, North America, Russia, the Balkans and other parts of the world.

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence

Centre for European Studies, Renmin University
The Centre for European Studies at Renmin University of China (CESRUC) was firstly set up in 1994, and became a university-based centre with annual budget and separate office facilities in 1996. Under the framework of EU-China Higher Educational Cooperation Programme from 1997-2001, the CESRUC was one of the six major centres in China supported by the EU-China Programme.  In 2000 the CESRUC was awarded by the Ministry of Education of PRC as the National Key Research Centres for Humanity and Social Sciences, with extra annual funding from both the Ministry and RUC.
Debating Europe  

Debating Europe is the successful online discussion platform launched in 2011 by Friends of Europe, designed to engage citizens and policymakers in an ongoing conversation on the critical issues affecting Europe. It’s based on a simple model: citizens speak, politicians respond.


It’s proved to be a popular idea: in under three years, it has built up a 420,000+ strong community of citizens and 170,000+ Facebook and Twitter followers from across Europe to debate with its leaders, challenging “top-down” thinking with a “bottom-up” approach. Simply put, citizens ask questions, policymakers respond. A selection of their 25,000 questions have been put to over 900 key policymakers, including 6 Prime Ministers, 70 national Ministers and EU Commissioners and over 200 national and European parliamentarians.

Centre for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM)

The Centre for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) is an Istanbul-based think tank with a focus on Turkey’s foreign and security policy, international economics, energy and climate change. 

Erik Castren Institute

Friends of Europe  

Friends of Europe is a leading European think-tank that aims to stimulate thinking on the future of the EU. For 10 years its contribution has been the confrontation of ideas that is vital to policymaking and to encouraging wider involvement in Europe’s future. Friends of Europe seeks to offer a voice to groups not traditionally represented in the EU debate, but who can make a difference: from young people to inuits or explorers on topics such as climate change, to people on the ground when we address development issues.

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
DCAF is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation, as the 'Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces'. DCAF contributes to enhancing security sector governance (SSG) through security sector reform (SSR). The Centre’s work to support effective, efficient security sectors which are accountable to the state and its citizens is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace. DCAF is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, gender sensitivity and local ownership as the basis for supporting legitimate, sustainable reform processes. DCAF is based in Geneva with permanent offices in Beirut, Brussels, Ljubljana and Ramallah. The Centre has over 100 staff from more than 30 countries.

Global Governance Institute
The Global Governance Institute (GGI) is an independent, non-profit think-tank, based in Brussels. It combines the expertise of senior policy-makers with the analysis of scholars from the world’s leading academic institutions to provide global insights, cutting-edge research and actionable, innovative advice in the fields of peace and security, economic policy, global justice and forward studies. GGI promotes comprehensive research, cutting-edge analysis and innovative advice on core policy issues, informed by a truly global perspective. This also includes raising awareness about major challenges of global governance among the general public.

Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) 

The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH) is an independent research institution at the University of Hamburg. The institute is involved in research, teaching and consultancy in issues related to international and transnational risks of armed violence. Particular emphasis lies on the European Union's efforts to strengthen peace and security, the work of the OSCE as wells as various aspects of arms-control and disarmament.

International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is one of the world’s leading open access information services for international relations (IR) and security professionals. Established in 1994, our mission is to facilitate security-related dialogue and cooperation within a high-quality network of international relations organizations, professionals and experts, and to provide open-source international relations and security-related tools and materials in accessible ways. We strive to meet the rapidly evolving information and educational needs of our users by working with the world’s leading think tanks, universities, research institutes, NGOs and international organizations.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Universidade do Minho
Vesalius College

Vesalius College was founded in 1987 by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Boston University to offer undergraduate education in English. The College’s teaching methods are characterised by small, interactive classes, flexibility in course selection and continuous assessment. As a small college with a student body of approximately 300 and a low student-to-professor ratio, the faculty is accessible and able to take a personal interest in the success of students to help them achieve their potential. Vesalius College offers bachelor degrees in Business Studies, Communication Studies, International Affairs and International and European Law.

Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels  

Women in International Security (WIIS) is dedicated to increase the influence of women in the field of foreign and defence policy by raising their participation, numbers and visibility. WIIS has thousands of members — women and men — in 47 countries from academia, think tanks, the diplomatic corps, the intelligence community, the military, government, non-governmental organisations, international organisations, the media, and the private sector. Members work on and are interested in diverse issues affecting international security, ranging from non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), to terrorism, human rights, sustainable development, environmental security, and conflict resolution. WIIS Brussels – over 1500 members and growing – holds monthly evening meetings to bring women from a wide range of institutional settings together to discuss issues of common concern in an informal setting.


Media Partners


Europe's World




Published every 4 months – February, June and October - Europe’s World is the only independent Europe-wide policy journal, produced in association with some 150-plus leading European think tanks and academic institutions. Since its launch 5 years ago, Europe’s World has established itself as the premier ideas platform for new thinking on political, economic and social issues. Our 100,000 readers, drawn from politics, business, the media, academia, think tanks and NGOs, are a powerful and influential audience, who value Europe’s World for its thought provoking articles, Europe-wide outlook and lack of national or political bias. To date, over 800 of today’s most respected thinkers and influential leaders have contributed articles firmly strengthening Europe’s World’s reputation as the leading forum for ground-breaking ideas, and proving beyond doubt that great minds don’t think alike.