About the think-tank platform

Think Visegrad—V4 Think Tank Platform is a net­work for struc­tured dia­log on issues of strate­gic regional impor­tance. The net­work ana­lyzes key issues for the Visegrad Group (V4), and pro­vides rec­om­men­da­tions to the gov­ern­ments of V4 coun­tries, the annual pres­i­den­cies of the group, and the International Visegrad Fund. Think Visegrad cov­ers the­matic pri­or­i­ties of V4 includ­ing energy secu­rity, V4’s inter­nal cohe­sion, EU insti­tu­tions and pol­i­tics, the Western Balkans, rela­tions with Eastern Partnership coun­tries, devel­op­ment assis­tance, hard secu­rity, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, Roma-related issues, migra­tion, trans­port, etc.

Formation of the net­work of V4 think-tanks was one of the pri­or­i­ties of the Czech Presidency in the Visegrad Group of 2011–2012. This idea reflected the long-term inter­est and will­ing­ness of Central European think-tanks to enhance their coop­er­a­tion within the Visegrad Group and to deepen its cohe­sion. Think Visegrad was estab­lished in 2012 by eight V4 research cen­ters and insti­tutes, and is funded by the International Visegrad Fund.

Founding mem­bers of  Think Visegrad (in alpha­bet­i­cal order):

Central European Policy InstituteCentre for Eastern StudiesInstitute for Foreign Affairs and TradeEUROPEUM—Institute for European PolicyInstitute of East-Central EuropeInstitute of International RelationsResearch Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, and Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy.

The core net­work of think-tanks includes these found­ing insti­tu­tions with their coor­di­nat­ing abil­i­ties. Think Visegrad remains, how­ever, an open plat­form for coop­er­a­tion with other think-tanks from all V4 coun­tries. Think Visegrad aims to pre­pare exten­sive and detailed long-term analy­ses focus­ing on the most impor­tant pri­or­i­ties of the Visegrad Group, as well as short-term analy­ses reflect­ing the most cur­rent and urgent top­ics. At the same time, the plat­form will coor­di­nate annual fel­low­ships.

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