ISS is member of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions since December 2014. The OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions is an autonomous OSCE-related track II initiative. The Track II initiative aims to develop ideas to put the vision of a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community. The network’s members are research institutes from across the OSCE area that are engaged in academic research and policy analysis on issues relevant to the OSCE’s three dimensions of security.

The network is a flexible and informal format, founded by more than a dozen research institutions during the OSCE Security Days on 18 June 2013. Its creation was preceded by in-depth discussions between representatives of the founding institutes, delegations of participating States and OSCE institutions.

The network provides expertise, stimulates discussion and raises awareness of the OSCE. It contributes to the ongoing security dialogue within the OSCE framework. It helps to address common threats and challenges and contributes to the efforts supporting the Helsinki+40 process and future OSCE dialogue formats. In a more long-term perspective, the network helps to clarify the substance of and the process towards achieving the participating States’ shared vision of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Security Community. The network is used for the exchange of expertise and the coordination of activities between its members.