Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy

Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy

INSTITUTE FOR GEOSTRATEGIC RESEARCH AND FOREING POLICY

Director 
Abdulkadar Memedi

Telephone 
02/3110-333 ex: 210

The Institute within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia was established on 1st August 2012 upon the Conclusion adopted by the Government of the Republic of Macedonia on 3rd July 2012.

About the Institute

The Institute for Geostrategic Research and Foreign Policy (The Institute) was formed in August 2013, under a Decree of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, functioning as a Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In a relatively short period, the Institute has succeeded in establishing itself as a serious research, analysis and operative body within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and beyond, being the only institution of this kind in the country.
One of the fundamental tasks of the Institute is to contribute to the design of the strategic goals and priorities of the Republic of Macedonia, by following, analyzing and researching local, regional and global geopolitical developments and trends.
Another important task of the Institute is preparation of comprehensive geopolitical researches, analyses, reviews, newsletters and other documents and materials with a view to regularly providing timely and relevant information to the highest state leadership, as well as to other in-line and specialized institutions, and to diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Macedonia.
Furthermore, the Institute contributes to the deepening and intensification of the overall bilateral, regional and international cooperation activities of the Republic of Macedonia by joining efforts with counterpart institutions in organizing conferences, round tables, debates, and researches, which serve as a vehicle for exchange of ideas, views, positions and experiences.
In addition to promoting the official positions of the Republic of Macedonia, the Institute also pursues principles of academic freedom and expression.
The Institute also establishes partnerships and cooperates with a number of counterpart renowned international institutes, non-governmental organizations, thin-tanks, contributing thus to raising the profile of the Republic of Macedonia in the international setting.

1. Vision, Mission, Goals

Vision

Foreign policy design with a view to making a significant contribution to the active involvement of the Republic of Macedonia in global international political developments and debates.

Mission

Producing general strategic guidelines on issues of national interest and their promotion before the domestic and international public, as well as promotion and encouragement of presentation of positions and views at expert debates, fora and conferences that would be useful in the policy design and decision making processes in the foreign policy area.

Goals

- Continual development of the Institute capacities in line with standards of European, international and global counterpart institutes;
- Investing in and strategic development of human resources by their proper profiling;
- Development of research capacities regarding issues of interest to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of society at large;
- Organization of debates, presentations, conferences and round tables to facilitate the exchange of views, opinions and positions between domestic and international experts, diplomats, analysts and scientific researchers in various areas;
- Establishment of cooperation and implementation of joint projects with other counterpart national and international institutes, scientific-research centres, non-governmental organizations and think-tanks, which elaborate issues of regional, European and global importance.

2. Scope of Activities of the Institute

- Design of strategic guidelines on issues of national interest, while promoting them among the domestic and foreign public, and undertaking activities for the international establishment of the Institute through cooperation, project implementation and defining recommendation for relevant activities;
- Design and assessment of documents of strategic importance for the Republic of Macedonia, which elaborate current political and economic regional and international developments and their impact on the Republic of Macedonia and its foreign policy;
- In-depth research of the internal political, socio-economic and security situation, as well as of foreign policy developments at the bilateral, regional and global level, focusing on their impact on the international positioning of the Republic of Macedonia and on the protection of the country's national interests; 
- Development of relevant documents and materials, i.e. comprehensive geopolitical researches, policy papers, positions papers, information papers and other documents in order to regularly provide timely information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the highest state leadership, other in-line and specialized institutions, and to diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Macedonia; 
- Drafting assessments, recommendations and scenarios for possible regional and global developments and situations and their possible impact on the Republic of Macedonia and its foreign policy and in this context design of strategies and tools for policy implementation;
- Coordination and pursuance of projects for cooperation with other national and international counterpart institutions, scientific research centres, think-tanks, the academic circles, state institutions and professional  experts and analysts from the Republic of Macedonia and from abroad; 
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Raising, elaborating and offering for public debate issues of regional, European and global relevance, which are of strategic importance for the Republic of Macedonia;

- Organization of conferences, debates, round tables, seminars, workshops and other events the main goal of which is to facilitate discussions, exchange of opinions and public information about regional and global issues of strategic importance for the Republic of Macedonia;
- Organization of publication of papers of renowned professionals, scientists, experts and analysts, elaborating issues of national and strategic importance for the Republic of Macedonia and organization of the production of the Institute's audio and visual materials;
- Regular cooperation with the academic community in the Republic of Macedonia and with other state institutions.