Founding partners


PSSI’s founding of the IRSEC Hub was done with the help of 3 other think tanks: the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RCSFPA), Antall Jozsef Knowledge Center (AJTK), and the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT). Since its inception, IRSEC Hub intended to be a regional initiative with a Visegrad focus, and contributions of the 3 founding partners significantly helped PSSI with the development of the project.

The Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association


The Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association was established in 2004 as an independent think-tank with a main focus on European integration. The research and activities of the association are divided into a number of research programs: European studies, International Security, Central and South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Economic Policy and Development Aid.

RC SFPA prepares independent expert analyses on the key questions of European integration and Slovak foreign policy, enhances academic discussions, organizes professional events, participates in international expert debates and encourages broader interest of Slovak citizens in global affairs. RC SFPA contributes to active engagement of Slovakia in the international community and mainly European Union. For more information about RCSFPA, please visit their website.


Antall Jozsef Knowledge Center


The Knowledge Centre is an organisation independent of parties, ideologies and current politics. Its primary objective is to foster the Antall tradition and promote the spread of knowledge.

Our main task is programmes which – beyond the theoretical education provided by universities – equip educated youth with wide-ranging practical knowledge via conferences, lecture series, trainings and roundtable conversations. Furthermore, the profile of the Knowledge Centre is also characterized byresearch activities and publications in the field of political and social sciences.

Our institution cherishes the importance of talent scouting and management. Scientific work is built on university students in BA and MA programs, as well as on PhD students. Through our internship programme, numerous enthusiastic students help the work of the foundation and partake in the organisation of our programmes. Here they have a chance to go through diverse professional development, meet international experts, engage in various areas of research and attain all the practical knowhow that is needed for the implementation of an event.

The AJKC is gradually establishing its international relations, and seeks cooperation with national and international institutions with a similar profile. For more information about AJKC, please visit their website.


Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (former Hungarian Institute of International Affairs)


The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) conducts research on international and foreign affairs under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Monitoring international relations requires diversified qualifications and knowledge as it embraces international politics, international law and international finances, the history of diplomacy and diplomatic relations, wars, terrorism and other dimensions of national security, world economy and foreign trade, international assistance and development, international organizations and institutions, transnational and (inter)regional associations.

Our Institute operates with skilled, devoted and accurate analysts to support the leading decision-makers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. At the same time we are part of national and international academic cooperation and also provide insights to those interested in international affairs.

As the general legal successor of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (HIIA), the IFAT has overtaken the responsibilities, tasks and the ongoing projects of the former institute. For more information about IFAT, please visit their website.


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