Within the framework of its scientific activities, the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy cooperates with numerous partners and institutions at European and international level.

Strategic Partners

Federal Ministry of Defence

The Federal Ministry of Defence (BMLV for short) is the Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria responsible for military affairs, in particular the Austrian Armed Forces. The Austria Institute for European and Security Policy cooperates with and advises the BMLV in the areas of the EU integration process, regional stability in the European Union, and further development of the CFSP/CSDP.



Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs is the foreign ministry of the Republic of Austria. It is responsible for foreign policy, the representation of Austria towards other states, and current issues of immigration consequences.


Province of Lower Austria

Within the framework of the science and research policy of the province of Lower Austria, the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy is funded to develop and provide expertise in the core areas of foreign and security policy, as well as energy and supply security.


Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the central organization for the promotion and financing of research, development and innovation in Austria. The goal of the FFG is to strengthen Austria's position as a location for research and innovation in global competition and thus to sustainably secure high-quality jobs and prosperity in Austria.


Cooperation Partners

Center for Strategic Analysis (CSA)

The CSA was founded in 2008 as an independent, informal platform and promotes the exchange of geopolitical and security policy expertise. As a service club, it makes current work available to the interested public free of charge. The CSA offers both established and up-and-coming experts the opportunity to share their knowledge with others and to promote discourse.


Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS)

Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS) is a transnational think tank headquartered in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a regional presence in Czechia, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and beyond. 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 informing the wider world about Central European engagements with Asia. Activities focus mainly on international relations and security studies in the geographical regions of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia.


Diplomatic Academy of Hanoi

The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (also referred to as DAV, Vietnamese: Học viện Ngoại giao Việt Nam), is a public research university located in Hanoi, Vietnam and an administrative unit under management of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam.


Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Vienna School of International Studies)

The Diplomatic Academy Vienna (Vienna School of International Studies) is a renowned institution for education and research in the field of international relations and diplomacy. It offers programs and courses for aspiring diplomats and experts in the field. The Academy is known for its excellent education and contribution to international cooperation.


EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations

Egmont - The Royal Institute of International Relations, also known as the Egmont Institute, is an independent and non-profit think tank in Brussels. The Institute carries out multidisciplinary research in the field of international relations. Its main tasks are the organization of events, research and the training of civil servants.


Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe

The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) is a regional think tank based on an association and financed mainly by public funds. Founded in 1953, the Vienna-based institute conducts research and works with a geographic focus on the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, especially the Danube region. Through events, publications and educational activities, the IDM's experts impart knowledge about the region and initiate debates that address the central issues of our time.


International Institute of Economic Affairs Kenya (IEA)

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA Kenya) is a think-tank that provides a platform for informed discussions in order to influence public policy in Kenya.


Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) - Multilateral Dialogue Vienna

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation active throughout Germany and abroad. Since December 2018, it is represented by the office Multilateral Dialogue KAS in Vienna.


Middle East Research Institute (MERI)

MERI is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, focused on policy issues relating to the people, the land and the system of governance in the Middle East in general, and Kurdistan and Iraq in particular. It is based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


Paris Cyber Summit 2024

The 2024 edition of the Paris Cyber Summit will take place from 3 to 5 June 2024, at the Maison de la Chimie, Paris, France.

A European summit to discuss how to build trust in cyberspace, encompassing topics like strategic autonomy and digital sovereignty. All this is to prospect a way in future scenarios of the cyber sector, while strengthening relations between various stakeholders, based on shared European values.

Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, also known as the Martens Centre and previously as the Centre for European Studies, is a think tank and political foundation of the European People's Party (EPP). The Martens Centre analyses and contributes to the debate on EU policy that is relevant for policymakers, experts and the broader European public.


Network Partners

Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA)

The Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) is an international federation of 37 national chapters, nongovernmental national councils, committees, or associations that have conducted research, analysis, training, education, and information activities on foreign policy, security, and defense issues related to the Atlantic Alliance since 1954. As the Euro-Atlantic Association Austria, the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) represents the Austrian chapter in the organization, which also includes partner countries of the NATO Partnership for Peace.



The international network EuroDefense was founded in France in the early 1990s. EuroDefense aims to contribute to the project of a common European security and defense policy. In this context, proposals are being developed that are guided by the following questions: How can the EU improve its ability to act as an independent military actor? How can the strategic partnership with the USA be maintained?

EuroDefense is a non-partisan network of personalities, particularly from the fields of diplomacy, the armed forces, business and science, who are committed to the project of the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) at the European level and want to make a positive contribution to its realization.

The Austria Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) is the Austrian chapter of the EuroDefense network.


European Security & Defence College (ESDC)

The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) is an EU body embedded in the External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union (EU). The ESDC  provides EU–level training and education, in the field of the Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).


European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC)

The European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC) is a gathering of China experts from a selection of European research institutes. It is devoted to the policy-oriented study of Chinese foreign policy and relations between China and European countries as well as China and the EU. It facilitates regular exchanges among participating researchers with a view to deepening the understanding within the European policy and research community and the broader public of how Europe, as a complex set of actors, relates with China and how China’s development and evolving global role is likely to impact the future of Europe. The network’s discussions and analyses take a ‘bottom-up’ approach, accounting for the various aspects of bilateral relations between European countries and China, and the points of convergence and divergence among EU member states in order to examine EU-China relations in a realistic and comprehensive way.


Forum on Foreign Policy Think Tanks (FaTT)

The "Forum Foreign-Policy Think-Tanks" (FaTT) is a network of nearly 30 organizations and institutes that focus on foreign and European policy and are located in Austria. The participating institutions are mainly active in the fields of research, education, public relations and consulting. The goal of the forum is to exchange information and "best practice" models as well as research papers and working materials, to discuss Austria's foreign policy priorities and to cooperate in this field. In addition, it aims to strengthen public interest in foreign policy issues. The forum was launched by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna at the end of 2017.


Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA)

As the youth wing of ATA, the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) was created in 1996 and represents a network of over 24 YATA National Youth Organizations gathering young professionals, university students and researchers interested in Euro-Atlantic and international security policies.

The Austria Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) is in charge of YATA Austria, the Austrian chapter in the organization, in which partner countries of the NATO Partnership for Peace also participate.