The European Centre for International Affairs (ECIA) is a Brussels-based independent, non-profit, policy think tank. Our core mission is to provide innovative analyses of global issues from a European perspective. Policymakers today are faced with the challenge of a complex and globalized politics in which resource, human and societal issues are inextricable. ECIA’s work is built on the belief that meeting these challenges sustainably in the long run requires reconciling Europe’s interests with its values.

Our job is to provide policymakers with support policymakers in searching for, and evaluating viable alternatives capable of striking this balance. To do this, the Centre:

  • provides in-depth and innovative analysis of long-run trends;
  • supplies early warnings of emerging critical issues;
  • produces new strategic thinking and practical advice.


ECIA is a network of residential and non-residential Senior Fellows, Associate Fellows, Fellows and Researchers. ECIA co-operates with other institutes and centres, offering a platform for presenting new ideas, researches and analysis.

ECIA Thematic Research Clusters

The Centre’s core mission is to produce innovative analyses of global issues from a European perspective, helping policymakers in the process of finding long-term, sustainable solutions which reconcile key strategic interests with Europe’s fundamental values. Our research is divided into geographical teams to ensure we always maintain a holistic perspective, and organised along three thematic clusters:

  • Resources
  • People
  • Societies

Our groups working on specific projects are then divided into geographical teams to maintain a holistic perspective, and by thematic focus, primarily articulated around three cross-cutting themes:

  • Sustainability
  • Governance
  • Globalisation.


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