Organized as a non-university research institution, IOS that was funded in 2012 builds upon a history of more than 80 years of research into East and Southeast Europe by its predecessor institutes – the Osteuropa-Institut (est. 1952) and the Südost-Institut (est. 1930). The Institute provides excellent infrastructure services for research, including the supervision and publication of academic journals, book series, working papers and handbooks, as well as a specialized library (with more than 320,000 items) and comprehensive electronic services (including specialist databases and research portals). In addition IOS gives particular emphasis to its international orientation. The Institute has its own program for guest scholars and it hosts scholarship holders from other institutions. By organizing numerous scholarly events it helps to advance academic debates internationally.
In the end of 2015 a Junior Research Group was established to strengthen the Institute’s expertise in the field of political sciences and international relations. This group analyses the various protracted conflicts in former Soviet Union and former Yugoslav areas. Thereby, IOS aims to broaden the understanding of the dynamics of conflict and cooperation around some disputed areas where OSCE is playing a key role. The team combines expertise inter alia on the Balkans, Ukraine as well as Northern and Southern Caucasus.
Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung
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