Director's Message

Dear visitor,

As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of our institute on comparative regional integration studies, we welcome the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the University of Ghent (UGent) as new partners to enhance our academic endeavours which, next to our think-tank capacity, will take us one step closer to our aspiration to become the leading research centre on regionalization worldwide.

UNU-CRIS aims at being an academically excellent institute focused on problem-solving and policy-relevant research into the impact of regional integration on policymaking across all levels of political organization. Over the years, it has shifted its focus to look specifically to the role of regionalization in helping to pursue the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and to help solving what is now increasingly understood to be a global ‘trilemma’ namely: how can regions help provide both sustainable growth and democracy in a globalizing world when globalization itself poses challenges to the traditional nation state?

Operational since 2001, UNU-CRIS has a track record of generating policy-relevant knowledge about new forms of governance and cooperation and to contribute to capacity building on issues of integration and cooperation, particularly in developing countries.

Our output is available on this website, where you will easily find all our books, book chapters, articles, working papers, policy briefs and reports.

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Anthony Antoine
Director Ad Interim