Egmont, The Royal Institute for International Relations

The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. Its interdisciplinary research is conducted in a spirit of total academic freedom. Drawing on the expertise of its own research fellows, as well as that of external specialists, both Belgian and foreign, it provides analysis and policy options that are meant to be as operational as possible.

Benefiting from the role of Brussels in the global arena and from the prestigious setting of the Egmont Palace, the Institute offers an ideal forum to visiting Heads of State and government, representatives of international organisations, foreign ministers and other political figures. Conferences, colloquia and seminars nurture the work of the research fellows. They also give participants the opportunity to exchange views with other specialists and with a well-informed public made up of representatives of the political, economic and academic spheres, the media and civil society.

Along with research and meetings, the Institute has also developed specialised training activities, both in Brussels and abroad. It can, on request, offer specific programmes for visiting and resident diplomats and foreign professionals. Close cooperation with other research centres, both in Belgium, in Europe and beyond, has resulted in a growing number of joint conferences and in more structured cooperations on research and publications. This has proved to be mutually beneficial and enriching.

The Royal Institute for International Relations
Visiting address: Rue des Petits Carmes 24A, 1000 Brussels
Postal address:
FPS Foreign Affairs
Rue des Petits Carmes 15
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 (0) 2 223 41 14
Fax: +32 (0) 2 223 41 16

Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop is director of the Europe in the World Programme at Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations (Brussels) and teaches at Ghent University and at the College of Europe (Bruges). His research focuses on European strategy. He is a member of the Executive Academic Board of the EU’s European Security and Defence College and chairs the biennial European Defence Agency – Egmont PhD Prize. A Senior Research Associate of the Centre for European Studies at the Renmin University (Beijing), he also sits on the Strategic Advisors Group of the Atlantic Council (Washington).