Two continents, one project

EAST is a consortium made up of seven institutions from two continents, coordinated by Maastricht University. The institutions involved in the project are IAI (Italy), Korea University, RSIS (Singapore), Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP, Germany) the University of Essex (UK) and the University of Melbourne (Australia).

Explore the institutions and the key researchers in the project below.

Istituto Affari Internazionali

IAI is a private and independent non-profit foreign policy think tank based in Rome. It was founded in 1965. With a particular focus on international focus to contribute to the advancement of European integration and multilateral cooperation, IAI cooperates with both national and European politicians, institutions, economic actors, media, universities and think tanks.

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Korea University

Korea University is a research university based in Seoul, Korea. Established as Bosung College in 1905, Korea University has grown to become a leading university in Asia, with a deep commitment to globally-focused research.

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Maastricht University

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 16,300 students and 4,300 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.

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S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

RSIS is an autonomous graduate school and think-tank within Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Founded in 2007, RSIS is a leading teaching and research institution in international relations in the Asia-Pacific. With a particular focus on security and multilateralism, RSIS has a strong and holistic research tradition on regional issues in the Asia-Pacific.

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Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) is an independent research institute that advises the German Bundestag and the German government on questions concerning international politics and foreign and security policy. SWP also advises decision-makers in international organisations relevant to Germany, above all the European Union, NATO and the United Nations. SWP is one of Europe’s leading think tanks in the field of international relations.

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University of Essex

The University of Essex is the UK’s University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018). Over 16,000 students from more than 140 countries study across Essex’s three campuses in Colchester, Southend and Loughton. Renowned for research in social science, human rights and data analytics, Essex is consistently ranked number one for politics (REF 2014).

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University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public university based in south-eastern Australia. Since its foundation in 1853, the University of Melbourne has been the hub of prolific research on international politics. Not only is the University of Melbourne located firmly within the Asia-Pacific region, it is also fertile ground for leading research on European studies.

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