Think tanks and academic institutions can offer a different angle to a story. Their experts are usually willing to talk to journalists and participate in events. They also publish useful newsletters and reports.
Below are some of the Brussels-based think tanks:
European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation
Non Brussels-based think tanks and research institutes with an interest in the Mediterranean.
A think tank specialized in EU Mediterranean relations
Created to contribute to the safety, to the stability and to the development of the Mediterranean space.
An independent organisation dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world. Its members are democratic former heads of state and government.
Mediterranean Scientific Observatory
Across the Mediterranean partner countries, think tanks, research institutes, and civil society organisations are all contributing to the debate. A further selection is listed below:
Established in 1986, JUST is a leading teaching and research centre in Jordan
An independent Palestinian development and training institution, with a focus on creating independent, self-reliant initiatives that lead to the development of human resources for sustainable development.
ARIJ's mission is to promote sustainable development through greater control over natural resources, aiming to increase scientific and technical knowledge and to introduce more efficient methods of resource utilization and conservation.
Founded in 1973, it is a private university at the forefront of private higher education in Tunisia.
The IACE is a think aimed at meeting the needs of business leaders
In the East
, PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society)
promotes and protects open society values, including democracy, the rule of law, good governance, respect for and protection of human rights, and economic and social development, by
supporting think tanks
that individually and jointly foster public participation in public policy issues at the European Union level, in other European structures, and in the wider neighbourhood of Europe and Central Asia.
A selection of think tanks and academic institutions are listed below:
SPDC promotes new ways of social policy with particular attention to the poverty reduction, fighting corruption and social integration.
CESD was established for the purpose of promoting research into contemporary economic and social problems in 2005.
The first private university in Azerbaijan, Khazar University offer undergraduate, graduate and professional studies promoting advanced study and research, educational policy and development
IPS is focused on promoting contemporary public policy concepts and practices in Georgia, and provides a forum for substantive dialogue between the government, the civil sector and the Georgian public.
CIPDD is a public policy think-tank, specialising in democracy development.
IPP is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organisation, committed to the values of individual liberty, democratic society, rule of law, and a free-market economy.
The mission of the IDIS is to contribute to the growth of an independent thinking environment in Moldova and in other emerging democracies
Expert-Grup is to contribute to the economic, political and social development of the Republic of Moldova as well as to support consolidation of its international competitiveness.
ADEPT is a non-governmental organisation providing expert advice on electoral, political and socio-economic processes in Moldova and in the wider region.
An autonomous higher education institution established in 1991, ASEM integrates higher economic education and scientific research, with a strong emphasis on cooperation with overseas research centres.
EUROPA.MD is an information platform launched as part of the European Initiative of the Soros Foundation-Moldova, which aims to improve knowledge of the EU and EU-Moldovan relations
IDIS - Viitorul is a research organization active in the field of economic analysis, governance, law, political sciences, strategic and organizational science; it is also a platform that brings together young intellectuals concerned with the success of transition
The Independent Journalism Centre (IJC) is an NGO that provides assistance to journalists and media institutions in the Republic of Moldova.
The Free International University of Moldova was founded in 1992, conceived as an alternative institution of higher education, promoting the newest educational and informational technologies.
Founded in 1946, the Moldova State University is one of the most important higher education institutions in the country, with around 17,000 students over 14 faculties.
Supports public policy institutions and civil society development in Russia through research, training, networking and discussion fora.
Founded in 1804, Kazan Federal University is the second oldest university in the Russian Federation, and is an internationally acknowledged centre of academic excellence, routinely listed among the 5 to 10 best institutions of higher education in the country.
ICPS aims to promote the introduction of public policy concepts and practices in Ukraine, and to facilitate the establishment of relevant institutions, as a prerequisite for sustainable and irreversible democracy in Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.