Research & Consulting
The Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) is a private non-partisan research institute established in September 1996. The institute was founded by Austrian security experts as well as individuals involved in politics, economics and academia. As a research institute and think tank the AIES contributes to the enhancement of the knowledge and awareness of European and international policies and security issues in Austria. The institute cooperates regularly with similar European and international institutions.
Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Vice Chancellor and Austrian Minister for Foreign and European Affairs (during the 12th AIES Forum on Europe). © Rainer Mirau Photography
Following a comprehensive approach concerning the analysis of European and security policy, the AIES' research is focussing on the following areas:
- The development of the European Union, EU policies and the European integration process,
- the Common Foreign and Security Policy(CFSP) as well as the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) of the EU,
- developments in Central, South-eastern and Eastern Europe,
- Euro-Mediterranean relations,
- Transatlantic relations,
- the EU's relations with Asia, Africa and Latin America,
- the development of regional and international governance and security structures,
- Austria's foreign, European and security policy.
In addition to their academic research, the expert team of the AIES provides praxis-oriented analyses and references on the aforementioned topics at both the national and supranational levels. Their interdisciplinary work is supplemented through collaboration with academic, political, economic, social and military institutions, civil organisations and the media as well as through international institutions. All research results are elaborated on and communicated using different methods and forums.
Former Austrian Minister of Defense and President of the AIES, Dr. Werner Fasslabend, and Ambassador Dr. Erich Hochleitner, Director of the AIES. © Rainer Mirau Photography