Baltic Civilization Research Institute of the Amber Bridge Fund in cooperation with the General History Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences is implementing the project called Baltic Neighborhood: Mutual Perceptions on the Background of Epochs and Developments.
Great Northern War
The project aims to abandon the framework of current policy and study the ancient war that determined the regional development to a major extent.
Protection of cultural heritage in the Baltic region
The International Public Amber Bridge Fund and its Latvian partner Amber Bridge Baltic funds participate and sponsor the 4th Cultural Heritage Forum of the Baltic region to be held in the Latvian capital on September 8-11. The event is supported by UNESCO World Heritage Center and the French Foundation for Support of UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
Baltic Civilization Research Institute (BCI) is an international
non-governmental organization created with the assistance of the
The Institute provides analytical, academic, scientific and organizational
support to the
The Baltic Civilization Institute research project is based on the following vector guidelines:
- Baltic Civilization as an historic and geographic phenomenon
- Environmental research
- Economic research
- Social and political research
- Historic, ethnographic and cultural research
- Public opinion research
- Creation 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 cultures;
- Planning and organization of student exchanges between Baltic higher educational establishments, as well as study placement, joint conferences, and grants for young scientists;
- Research and actualization of the historical and cultural heritage of the Baltic region in order to form positive public stereotypes of regional integration;
- Information and analytical backup to cooperation projects between Baltic countries and Russian regions;
- Content provision and support of Internet resources – news portals, electronic databases and background materials promoting inter-regional cooperation and transit operations;
- Publishing and museum activities.
The project portfolio of the Institute will be based on information and analytical needs of the
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
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 projects.
Promotion of the research,
protection and development of the
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
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 economic instrument.
4. Social and political research
Review of the institutional basics and sociological (and demographic)
consequences of the combination of democratic parliamentary and socialist
mechanisms in society formation in
5. Historic, ethnographic, and cultural research
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
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.
- Actualization of problems to be comprehended and studied;
- Coordination 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.