Think-tanks from Azerbaijan, Czech Republic and Georgia join PASOS network

May 28, 2007

News Source: PASOS Secretariat, Prague, Czech Republic

The Center for Economic and Social Development, Azerbaijan, and the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Georgia, are the two newest members of PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society); Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic, becomes an Associate member, bringing PASOS network to 29 Members and 3 Associate members spanning 20 countries

The Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) in Tbilisi, Georgia, are the two newest members of PASOS (Policy Association for an Open Society), following the approval of their membership by the PASOS Board of Directors. The Board also approved the Associate membership of the Association for International Affairs (AMO) in Prague, Czech Republic. The PASOS network now comprises 29 Members and 3 Associate members spanning 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. PASOS 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 policy centres. The founding Assembly of PASOS took place in December 2004, and the PASOS Secretariat was opened in Prague in March 2005.

Center for Economic and Social Development, Baku, Azerbaijan (CESD)
The Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) was established for the purpose of promoting research into contemporary economic and social problems in 2005.

The Center aims to:
(i) organise and promote theoretical and practical research in problems concerning economic and social development
(ii) provide policy advice to the Government of Azerbaijan
(iii) contribute to national capacity-building and raise public awareness of socio-economic issues
(iv) foster co-operation between the public, private, NGO sector, and educational institutions in addressing and resolving economic problems
(v) assist sustainable development, gender development, reducing poverty, achieving Millennium Development Goals and economic and social reforms.

The priority research areas of CESD are:

  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Gender Development
  • Competitiveness of Azerbaijan Economy and Economic Growth
  • Social Sphere
  • Public Sector Reform
  • Financial System, Taxation and Fiscal Policy
  • Energy, Telecommunications, Transport
  • EU Accession, Regional Cooperation, and Foreign Economic Relations.

Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, Tbilisi, Georgia (CIPDD)

The Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD) is a public policy think-tank, specialising in democracy development. CIPDD, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, was founded in 1992 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

It advocates policy goals such as the development of a vibrant and diverse civil society, effective and accountable public institutions based on the rule of law, and an integrated political community, which at the same time respects and preserves identities of different ethnic and religious communities in Georgia. It also supports Georgia’s integration into European and Euro-Atlantic institutions as strategic goals of our society. CIPDD seeks to contribute to the implementation of these goals through producing relevant and high-quality public policy documents, and encouraging a pluralistic and informed public policy debate in Georgia.

The main geographical area where CIPDD operates is Georgia. However, CIPDD sees great value in co-operation with organisations in countries of the South Caucasus, Black Sea and Balkan regions as well as worldwide.

In 2006-2009, CIPDD’s main strategic priorities include:
1. Civil integration in the context of ethnic and confessional pluralism
2. Development of functional and democratic institutions
3. Development of a political dialogue and improvement of the policy development process

Association for International Affairs, Prague, Czech Republic (AMO)

The Association for International Affairs (Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky, AMO) is a Czech non-governmental organisation that conducts research, and hosts educational programmes in the fields of international affairs, foreign policy and security studies. The Association’s primary regional focus is on the Czech Republic and Europe.

AMO (previously CARMS – Czech Association for the Advancement of International Cooperation) was established in 1995, and renamed as AMO in 1999. AMO is currently one of the leading institutions of its kind in the Czech Republic.

The AMO agenda is based on two fundamental pillars – education and research – that create a framework for mutually supportive projects.

The primary educational programme is the Prague Student Summit (PSS). PSS is a prestigious meeting of students from all over the Czech Republic, who are actively interested in international relations. In 2006-07, for the first time in history, Czech students, both high school and university, were provided with the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of high-level, diplomatic negotiations of three key international organisations: the United Nations, the European Union and NATO.

The research pillar is represented by the AMO Research Center. Founded in October 2003, the AMO Research Center concentrates on activities dedicated to carrying out research into, and raising public awareness about, international affairs and Czech and European security and foreign policy. In recognition of the absence of such an institution in the Czech Republic, the Research Center has been built to conduct independent and expert research in the field of international relations and to extend co-operation with partner institutions abroad.

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