The Center for Research and Analyses (CRA) is formed in accordance with the strategic goal of Euro Balkan Institute to promote the transatlantic cooperation and European ideas and values. The CRA was established in 1999 and has been focused on various national, regional and global aspects regarding the main trends in the international arena.

The main mission of the CRA is to provide timely and in-depth analyses and strategic information on the global processes and geo-political trends.

The Center focuses on global strategic political, economic, security and energy events and achievements that have a direct or indirect impact in the regional or national context. CRA is dedicated to disseminating ideas so that Macedonian policymakers, business establishment, as well as individual members and opinion leaders can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing Macedonia as a new independent and transition state. The CRA is aimed at upgrading the level of awareness and knowledge about the implications of these processes on Macedonia’s strategic goal as regards the Euro Atlantic integration. To this end, the CRA offers three main products, i.e. “Daily Briefing”, “EUBriefing” and “Energy geopolitics”, which are consisted of geopolitical analysis and special reports, covering the world events and crisis situations that have significant impact on global and regional developments. To achieve its goals and mission the CRA is engaged in:

 

  • Conducting independent policy analysis of the current global and regional political, security and economic processes;
  • Making a comprehensive research and analytical work as regards the important strategic developments in the region and worldwide;
  • Broadening the existing informational basis on the global and regional energy issues;
  • Organizing seminars, conferences and workshops on various global, regional and national issues that can contribute to the exchange of ideas, views and opinions and thus help the decision-making processes in the country;

 In 2004 the Center for Research and Analyses published 248 Daily News Briefs “Dnevni vesti”, mainly focused on:

  • Energy geo-politics in Euro-Asia;
  • Conflicts on the Balkans, Caucasus, East Europe and Middle East;
  • European integration and EU foreign and security policy;
  • US foreign policy;
  • Russian foreign policy;
  • Transatlantic relations and their challenges in the post Cold War era.

            In 2004 the Center for Research and Analyses published 74 Analyses that refer to above mentioned focal points and 94 editions of brief news, analyses and comments in the national weekly journal “Aktuel”.

            In 2004 the CRA worked also in synergy with the Euro-Balkan’s project Light, with the CRA team being responsible for preparing various relevant analyses for the needs of the Advisory Councils that function under the Light project.

The professional expertise of the CRA team has been used for the needs of the Euro-Balkan’s Inter-Resort Council of experts in various foreign policy and security areas that have direct implications on the conditions in Macedonia.

            The CRA team has also been involved in the regional research project “Support to Promotion of Reciprocal Understanding of Relations and Dialog between the European Union and the Western Balkans”.

In 2005 the CRA published 230 Daily Briefings and 267 Analyses, mainly focused on:

  • European integration and EU foreign and security policy;
  • Transatlantic relations and their challenges in the post Cold War era;
  • Conflicts on the Balkans, Caucasus, East Europe and Middle East;
  • US foreign policy;
  • Russian foreign policy;
  • Energy geo-politics in Euro-Asia.

            At the end of 2005 the CRA prepared a publication named “World 2005”, that refers to the above mentioned themes. The publication will be published in 2006.

            The CRA also worked in synergy with the team of Euro Balkan’s project Light, with the CRA team being responsible for providing relevant information for the needs of the Advisory Councils that function under the project Light.

            The professional expertise of the CRA team was used for the needs of the Euro Balkan’s Inter-Resort Council of experts in various foreign policy and security areas that have direct implications on the situation in Macedonia.

            In 2006 the CRA published 252 “Daily Briefings”, and 258 Analyses, mainly

focused on:

 

  • European integration and EU foreign and security policy;
  • Transatlantic relations and their challenges in the post Cold War era;
  • Conflicts on the Balkans, Caucasus, East Europe and Middle East;
  • US foreign policy;
  • Russian foreign policy;
  • Energy geo-politics in Euro-Asia.

 

            Briefing” in order to respond accordingly to growing demand for thorough in-look into wide range of EU – affairs. After attaining by Macedonia the candidate status for EU membership there is an increased need for well-timed and well-placed flow of information regarding the most important events taking place within the EU. As European integration as well as EU foreign and security policy were already covered in the “Daily Briefing”, CRA decided to broaden the scope of its expertise through more detailed investigation of the, first and third pillar of EU policies. “EU Briefing” is provided on a weekly base offering most updated news related to major “internal” happenings occurring and decisions made within the EU. This new product is also a result of more vivid cooperation with the Secretariat for European Affairs within the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.

          The six-year continuous research and analysis of the global policies conducted by the CRA resulted in publishing its first publication named the "World in 2005" which covers the annual trends in the global policy. "World in 2005" is not designed so as to simply list the most significant global developments in 2005. The central idea of the publication is to analyze the overall dynamics and to portray the variability of the global policy. The main aim of World in 2005 is to contribute to better understanding of the global tendencies, and thus to define and evaluate the position of the Republic of Macedonia and the Balkans in the regional and global political and security structure. The publication also contains forecasts, thus also aiming at facilitating the process of strategic decision planning conducted by the political and business leaders, as well as by the intellectuals in the country and in the region. The publication will be published on annual basis.

          The professional expertise of the CRA team was also used for the needs of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Republic of Macedonia and the Secretariat for European Affairs.The team of CRA in synergy with Cultural informative centre, was engaged in preparation and realisation of the project "Days of Justinian I", funded by the City of Skopje. 

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