Baltic Civilization Research Institute (BCI) is an international
non-governmental organization created with the assistance of the Lomonosov Moscow State
The Institute provides analytical, academic, scientific and organizational
support to the Amber
public fund. The institute promotes
intellectual potential integration of ten countries of the region: Russia, Germany,
Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania,
Norway, Poland, Finland,
Sweden, and Estonia.
The Baltic Civilization Institute research project is based on the following
- Baltic Civilization
as an historic and geographic phenomenon
- Social and political research
- Historic, ethnographic and cultural research
of a scientific-information Internet portal by the mentioned guidelines.
The Baltic Civilization Institute aims at:
Expanding the scientific bank of ideas circulating on the political, social,
cultural, and economic spaces of the region;
Expanding interaction capabilities of policy-forming communities, including
the business community;
Proactive detection and examination of facts capable of negatively
affecting various regional cooperation prospects; Reconciling potential
contradictions through mutual clarification of positions.
The Institute enjoys the international status not only due to the engagement
of experts from various countries of the region, but first and foremost due to
the participation of its staff in the international exchange of information and
ideas, accumulation of everything valuable that can be borrowed from informal
and unofficial communications.
The design of joint Internet projects and promotion of a scientific on-line
computer dialogue can encourage, in particular:
- The design
of multi-faceted projects in the sphere of history, culture, and education
aimed at expanding communication possibilities of Russian and Baltic
and organization of student exchanges between Baltic higher educational
establishments, as well as study placement, joint conferences, and grants
for young scientists;
and actualization of the historical and cultural heritage of the Baltic
region in order to form positive public stereotypes of regional
and analytical backup to cooperation projects between Baltic countries and
provision and support of Internet resources – news portals, electronic
databases and background materials promoting inter-regional cooperation
and transit operations;
and museum activities.
The project portfolio of the Institute will be based on information and analytical needs of the Amber Bridge international public fund.
The Baltic Civilization Institute will build relations with partners on a
contracted basis. The Institute will also initiate and carry out its own
research and design. As a rule, projects
will be designed in case concrete financing is available and terminated after
it ends. Each guideline actually offers a “frame” that will develop into a
separate unit of the Institute as the needs and possibilities expand.
Then following vector guidelines are to comprise the conceptual basis of
the Baltic Civilization Institute research project at the initial stage:
1. Baltic civilization as an
historic and geographic phenomenon
Research of the Baltic region as a common space for the North of Europe.
Research of the Baltic region as a “northern mirror” of the Mediterranean.
Research of the Baltic space structure, its specifics, and the place in the
history of Europe.
The creation of a think-tank for the Baltics as a macro world region, a
geographical matrix, and a unique historic and cultural center.
2. Environmental research
Research of the Baltic region as a common ecosphere. Scientific, conceptual, theoretical, and practical consultative backup to environmental
Promotion of the research,
protection and development of the Baltic Sea
environment, its flora and fauna.
Assisting the introduction of environment-friendly technologies for the
use of biological resources of the sea and the coast.
PR-projects to introduce and advocate environmental conscience and responsible approaches to the ecosphere. Promotion of international dialogue in the sphere.
3. Economic research
Generalization of the financial and economic experience of Scandinavian
countries and Finland
in the buildup of modern and socially-targeted economies.
Review of the pension system in Scandinavian countries.
Review of “Baltic tigers” experience with a high economic growth pace and
recommendations for the anti-crisis policy in Baltic countries.
Review of transit and trade logistics in the Baltic region, e.g., examination
of the experience in the creation and use of the Norway Oil Fund. Expert discussions of the efficiency of the
4. Social and political
Review of the institutional basics and sociological (and demographic)
consequences of the combination of democratic parliamentary and socialist
mechanisms in society formation in Scandinavia. Analysis of the environmentalist “green”
movement as a political force determining the policy in the region. Provision
of recommendations to improve political models in Baltic countries, form and
promote public conscience with PR effort regarding various conflicting social
issues. Review of current diplomatic and internal political agenda of regional
5. Historic, ethnographic, and
Research programs in the sphere of cultural anthropology (ethnology),
linguistics (Slavic, Baltic and Finnish languages), historic problems, first
and foremost, Baltic integration historic projects beginning with the Grand
Duchy of Lithuania and Rzeczpospolita.
Review of modern time war experience and diplomatic methods of conflict
Baltic fleets history and maritime traditions.
6. Public opinion research
Review of public conscience stereotypes, historic views and knowledge of
regional neighbors, including Russia,
and public awareness of current political and economic processes.
7. Creation of scientific-information
Internet portal by the mentioned guidelines
Networking leading experts for operative accumulation of information
resources. Creation of platforms for expert discussions.
The Institute is governed by the president who is backed by the Expert and
The former council unites universal analysts capable of complex problem and
information source analysis.
The Consultative Council unites distinguished practical experts.
The Expert Council includes guideline coordinators and staff analysts.
Actualization of problems to be comprehended and studied;
Determination of most promising designs in Russia and abroad;
Selection of most prominent experts and analysts and their engagement in cooperation;
Drafting an overall research and design plan;
Placing orders for operative studies;
Coordination of unit research activities;
Formation of the publishing program of the Institute.
Institute president chairs the Council.
Immediate coordination of Expert Council activities is the responsibility of
the Coordinator who is a non-voting member of the Consultative Council. The
Consultative Council unites practical experts with major experience and
connections in corresponding spheres. The Council operates according to its own
plan agreed with the Institute president.
of problems to be comprehended and studied;
of Institute activities with interested organizations and state agencies.
The Consultative Council operates at the president of the Institute.
The Consultative Council possesses no regulatory functions related to other units
of the Institute.
Consultative Council Coordinator is a non-voting member of the Expert Council.
Technical and support staff work in one department of the Institute
comprising financial and legal, organizational and technical support,
publishing, and security offices.