Reports from CAIP Affiliates: The Institute for International Relations


The Institute for International Relations (IMO) is a public, non-profit, scientific and policy research institute. IMO was established in 1963 by the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Beginning as the Africa Research Institute, the Institute changed its name in 1971 to the Institute for Developing Countries. The focus on interdisciplinary research of international relations and global processes led to another change: in 1989 the Institute was renamed the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO). Reflecting a new direction in research, the name was changed again in 1996 to the Institute for International Relations.



  • to contribute to the increase of awareness of international relations and communication, as well as of Croatia’s international position.
  • to provide strategic decision support and decision analyses services to decisionmakers.


IMO contributes to the understanding of international economic and political relations, privatization, regional and local development, competitiveness and trade policy, European integration, culture and communication, and environmental policy, through:

  • interdisciplinary scientific research,
  • policy research,
  • organization of conferences and workshops,
  • organization of specialist training program,
  • publication of books, reviews and newsletter


The Department for International Economic and Political Relations is engaged in the research of global economic and political processes and in the improvement of the international position of Croatia. The research areas include the analysis of the economic transition and integration processes of the post-socialist countries in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, focusing on Croatia’s strategic policy and relationship with international organizations such as the UN, EU, NATO, CEI, OSCE, WEU, PfP Consortium, CESS and DCAF; economic restructuring competitiveness and trade policy that dominantly shape Croatia’s economic and political position in the international community; regional and local development and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises; the process of privatization of the enterprise sector and issues of corporation governance; Croatia’s international position and foreign policy during the Homeland War (1991 to 1995), etc. Contact: Mladen Stanicic, Head, Department for International Economic and Political Relations, email:

The Department for European Integration is devoted to interdisciplinary scientific research focused on economic, legal and political developments in the European Union, its relations with the non-member states and on the adjustment of Croatia to the EU. The Department’s activities include scientific and applied research and the development of the information infrastructure and education in the field of European Studies. International reforms, within the EU, enlargement to the East, the Stabilization and Association Process, including the adjustment process of the Croatian economy and society to the EU, are the focus of research in this department. In addition to research, the Department is engaged in developing the information infrastructure necessary for further research, establishing closer relations of Croatia with the EU and Croatia’s adjustment to EU standards in different fields. Contact: Visnja Samardzija, Head, Department for European Integration, email:

The Department for Culture and Communication is engaged in research and analysis of new forms of communication, media and cultural cooperation in the context of development of civil society in Croatia and at the global level. Primary research areas include cultural and media policies and cultural development. The Department investigates the construction of civil society and civic culture in media and discourse, the impact of new communication technologies and networked society on cultural development, cultural tourism, cultural and media policies in the context of democratic transition and globalization processes. Contact: Zrinjka Perusko, Head, Department for Culture and Communication, email:

The Department for Resource Economics and Environmental Policy performs applied scientific research in the field of environmental economics, biology-ecology and inorganic chemistry. The aim is to develop interdisciplinary projects in order to design optimal solutions for the effective use of natural minerals in decreasing soil, water and vegetation contamination and to exchange experiences and research findings, especially among countries with similar ecological and bio-climatic conditions. The Department provides consultancy services and conducts research projects in the field of natural resource management. Contact: Sanja Tisma, Head, Department for Resource Economic and Environmental Policy, email:


IMO serves as the focal point of an international network and hosts several documentation centers. The department for Culture and Communication coordinates the work of Culturelink, a global network for research and cooperation in cultural development.

It also runs the Culturelink Documentation Centre and the Cultural Development Databank. In order to make information on cultural development, policies and lifestyles widely accessible The Databank, available on-line, includes the Cultural Policy Database, the Database of Institutions and Networks in the field of cultural development, and the Culturelink Members and Partners Database.

The European Documentation(EDC), is located at IMO and helps to promote its activities, improving its functions and links with the European databases, as well as facilitating a continuous flow of information to the end users.

The Documentation and Information Service (INDOC) offers references, advisory and bibliographical assistance to IMO’s activities.



  • Croatian International Relations Review (CIRR)
  • Euroscope
  • Culturelink

IMO regularly publishes books, review and reports.

Contact Information
Institute for International Relations (IMO)
Ulica Ljudevita Farkasa Vukotinovica 2
P.O. Box 303
10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Tel.: 385-1-48-77-460
Fax: 385-1-48-28-361