The Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy cooperates with many European and international partners.


These institutions are funding and supporting AIES:


AIES is cooperating with these institutions:

In addition, the AIES is part of the network of research institutions, focussing primarily on European Foreign and Security Policy, of the EU Institute for Security Studies and is a member of EuroDefense and the European Ideas Network.

AIES is also part of the EU's European Security and Defence College.


New Asia-related think tank established in Central Europe

On 28 May 2019, the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS) started its existence. CEIAS is an independent think tank with branches in the cities of Bratislava (Slovakia), Olomouc (Czech Republic), and Vienna (Austria). Building upon the activities of the Institute of Asian Studies in Bratislava (, CEIAS is a joint venture of the Institute of Asian Studies, Palacky University's project 'Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the edges' (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000791), the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), and the Department of East Asian Studies at Comenius University.

The main purpose of CEIAS is to spread knowledge about Asia among scholars, experts and professionals in Central Europe and beyond, while at the same time to inform the wider world about Central European engagements with Asia. To meet our aims, we conduct and publish own research, organize public seminars and conferences, support education about relevant Asian topics, and communicate with the media. Our activities focus mainly on international relations and security studies in the geographical regions of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia. The CEIAS cooperates with similar organizations and like-minded individuals in the region and beyond to help achieve our goals.

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Alfred Gerstl [de, eng]:, +43 699 172 95605
Richard Turcsanyi [sk, eng]:, +420 608 768 413
Ondrej Kucera [cz, eng]:, +420 602 772 483



The Cologne Forum for International Relations and Security Policy (KFIBS), a registered association, is a young, interdisciplinary and independent think tank located in Brühl (Rhineland), Germany. Students, university graduates, doctoral candidates and doctorate holders alike participate in the innovative and future-oriented think tank. The aim is to bring young and talented researchers in the humanities and social sciences into an active and constructive exchange with each other, to strengthen their competencies and thereby to improve their future prospects. Since 2017, the AIES organizes annual junior conferences on current European and security policy topics in cooperation with KFIBS.

Horizon 2020

Improving the Effectiveness of EU Capabilities in Conflict Prevention (IECEU)

The IECEU project is aiming to enhance the conflict prevention capabilities of the European Union. This project has received funding from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020. The IECEU Consortium (11 participants from 7 different European countries) itself consists of a diverse group of civilian, research and military organizations. The consortium is coordinated by Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland).

The main goals of the IECEU -project are:

  • Analysing the current situation of on-going and past European Union CSDP missions and operations.

  • Learning from lessons provided by these CSDP missions and assessing the different options.

  • Providing new solutions, approaches and recommendations for the EU to guarantee long-term stability through conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Shabka: Future Strategist Hub

The Future Strategist Hub is a format by the platform Shabka in order to foster young academics in the area of security policy. In all-day workshops strategic forecasts for the EU development analysis and options for action were developed under the supervision of experts, with the result of concrete policy recommendations which were presented to the public, policy makers and representatives of the media.

The AIES contributed not only as a sponsor, but also regarding content and supervision in this periodic format.

World Youth Academy

The World Youth Academy is an organization which offers courses, visits to international organisations as well as workshops with a practical approach and expertise. The topics encompass international security, peace- and conflict negotiations, human rights and development issues. The courses are held by high ranking experts, who share their practical experience in an open and interactive environment.

Through groupwork and social activities the participants have the unique opportunity to establish networks with likeminded peers as well as experts from various fields.

The AIES contributes to the WYA with expertise and a cooperation during the events.

Forum außenpolitische Think-Tanks (FaTT)

The "Forum außenpolitische Think-Tanks" (FaTT, Forum of Foreign Policy Think Tanks) is a network of almost 30 organisations and institutes based in Austria which focus on foreign and European policy. The participating institutions are active in many fields, including research, education, events and consulting. The objectives of the Forum are to exchange information and best practice, research papers and briefing materials, to discuss and co-operate regarding Austrian foreign policy priorities and to strengthen interest in foreign policy topics in the public sphere. The Forum was launched at the end of 2017 by the Diplomatische Akademie Wien.

The Forum's website serves as a platform for policy briefs and research papers from participating organisations in the arena of foreign and European policy. By providing easy access to policy papers from Austrian foreign policy think tanks we give researchers, government institutions, NGOs, the media and, above all, the public the opportunity to gain immediate access to the wealth of foreign policy expertise in Austria.

Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum

Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum is an initiative launched in Minsk in 2017 by a pan-European network of think-tanks. Its aim is to advance an inclusive, pan-European reflection on the Eastern Partnership; encourage synergies across research institutions and strengthen the interface between think-tank and policy levels at the pan-European level. The Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum brings together around 50 experts from 30 European countries (EU Member States, Eastern Partnership countries, Switzerland and Russia) and 20 representatives from national authorities and international organizations (ZEI, EU, EEU etc) to a round table. The Reflection Forum should strengthen an inclusive discussion on regional cooperation and European-wide rapprochement by offering participants new opportunities for cooperation and facilitating contact between scientists and politicians. Following the Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum, a series of public roundtables will be held in 2018 in various cities in Europe and the Eastern Partnership with the aim of disseminating the ideas generated in Minsk.

European Ideas Network (EIN)

The European Ideas Network (EIN) is a public pan-European think tank process, implemented in 2002, fostering innovative reflections on the central challenges with which the EU and its member states are confronted.

The EIN counts about 600 members in the EU member states including politicians, representatives of economics, academia and think tanks, the media as well as civilians. In working groups the major challenges of the EU are discussed. Every year there is a Summer University organised. The network also offers a platform for national think tanks and political academies to collaborate on a European level. At present more than 35 organisations are members of the EIN. The AIES has been a member since 2004.

International Security and Conflict Analysis Network

The International Security and Conflict Analysis Network (iSCAN) is a network of international security experts with the objective of conducting analysis and providing expertise on international security through conflict analysis capacity building trainings to professionals, leaders, practitioners and academics including students. The mission of iSCAN is to provide sound security analysis and expertise for adequate, impactful and sustainable interventions through evidence-based conflict analysis.


The international network EuroDefense was founded in France in the 1990s. EuroDefense wants to contribute to the project of a common European Security and Defence Policy. In this context proposals are elaborated which are based on the following questions: How can the EU improve their capability to act independently as a international military player? How can the strategic partnership with the US be sustained?

EuroDefense is a non-partisan network of personalities from diplomacy, the armed forces, economics and academia, advocating and supporting the project of a common European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) and its implementation on a European level. In the following 13 of 27 EU member states there are EuroDefense organisations according to the French model: Belgium, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, Rumania, Spain and Hungary.