Globalization has changed the paradigm of international relations. Classical mechanisms of public international law, seemed inadequate to keep pace with the changes generated by the new configuration within the international community. However, the backbone of international cooperation, regardless of the effects of globalization, is still the legal classification and codification of rights and obligations of international actors, balance maintained by regulations of contemporary international law. In this framework, the Centre will focus on some research topics that relate to local and regional specificities:

  • Black Sea Synergy;
  • Human rights and refugee protection;
  • Transverse aspects : Strategic affairs, Energy, Space, Migrations and Citizenship.


International community is currently facing a series of crises and conflicts involving heterogeneous actors and fluctuating situations, this change being generated by the already evoked paradigm transformation within the international community. Issues related to conflicts and, consequently, new security needs now requires an integrated approach that takes into account, on the one hand, regional and global issues, and, on the other hand, political, military and economic dynamics of international relations. Through analysis and strategic reflection, the Center aims to study both traditional aspects of defense and security issues and also the developments generated by fluctuating changes in the sphere of international relations, with special emphasis on regional proximity (Republic of Moldova, Ukraine etc.), which can be summarized under the following research topics:

  • Black Sea and its strategic importance;
  • Regional issues: Europe, Russia / CIS, Republic of Moldova,Turkey and Middle East;
  • BRICS and the new world order;
  • Environment and climate changes;
  • European integration and neighborhood policy.


Contemporary paradigms of developments have associated during the last decade two types of actions apparently autonomous: Culture and Economics, so much so, that the first is seen as generator of a new economical geography, and culture economics as a leverage of special organizing and local development. Besides, the process of evolving from the cultural development to creative economy is even extremely advanced, EU declaring 2009 as `European year of creativity and innovation`. Essentially, innovation is that capacity of the market to feed itself from a great diversity of situations (people, professions, territories), becoming the key to long term development. The phenomenon operates in those territories where creative classes, usually associated to metropolitan areas, to competitive poles and crowd economics, are concentrated. However the reality dynamic confirms more and more often the exit from the strict limits of urbanity itself, creativity and innovation becoming practically, the new action fronts of regional politics. Therefore, the research being conducted in the „Cross –border cooperation and regional development” laboratory of CSIDO, aims to observe the way in which the cultural development can manifest itself in urban areas, as well as in suburban/ peri-urban ones, as far as in euro-regional territories.

  • Regional development;
  • Democratization, governance and good governance;
  • Creativity and territorial innovation in cross-border regions.