About us

“Region” International Analytics Centre (previously known as a Society of Democratic Reforms (DİUC), which was founded in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1999) is a non-commercial NGO working nationally and regionally.

REGION has implemented tens of projects on human rights, elections and civil society development, published journals and bulletins, prepared analytical papers on democratic, geopolitical developments in the region, held local and international conferences, held trainings and seminars on just and fair elections, democracy, local capacity-building, political leadership and electoral campaigning.

Since 2011, “Region” International Analytics Centre set new priorities to work on and in 2012 was registered under the new name.

Now “Region” International Analytical Centre (RIAC) is a Baku-based think-tank in Azerbaijan working on policy issues in Azerbaijan and with view to expand to Post-Soviet Space.

Think-tanks so far have not been able to lobby successfully the government for policy changes. There are very few think tanks that provide independent analyses of public policy issues and civil society has not yet been able to foster large-scale public debates and discussions. In most cases analysis are not provided to policymakers at the time important issues are under deliberation.

RIAC studies the impact of climate change on the politics, use of art and culture as well as social media tools on the emerging democracies. RIAC organizes round tables, seminars, conferences and other events to bring together policy-makers ad experts to discuss the issues of interest for both parties within the RIAC mission context.

pear-small-eng copyThe interesting fact about RIAC: RIAC is going to be the first think-tank to deal not only with European Integration, but also with Asian integration. Azerbaijan is located at the cross-roads of Europe and Asia. Most of people also feel like Asians and therefore, it is utmost priority for RIAC to study the Asian countries and their potential relationship and cooperation with Azerbaijan.

Mission

RIAC mission is to help Azerbaijani society and the whole region for euro integration, democratic development, reforms and freer society through the research, policy recommendations, debates and innovative projects. We believe democracy comes through free and transparent society!

Vision

“Region” International Analytical Centre wants to see the Caucasus region and the whole FSU free, democratic, politically and economically stable, frozen conflicts resolved and fully integrated with the modern and democratic world.

Areas of activity

1. Policy issues on the Caucasus geopolitics, euro integration and democratic development

The Caucasian countries and the region on the whole, including Russia, Turkey and Iran is a circle from which either country can’t get itself isolated or excluded. Russia, Turkey and Iran are geopolitically interested to influence the politics in the Caucasus. However, their influence and political pressures cannot bring democracy, prosperity and secularity. RIAC works to influence public policy at both the regional and national levels in order to emphasize the importance of euro integration and the peaceful co-existence of the Caucasian countries.

2. Impact of the climate change on the politics in the emerging democracies

RIAC studies the impact of climate change on the politics in the emerging democracies, where the consequences of the climate change is underestimated. Emerging democracies think that the biggest problems like climate change are the issues for bigger and developed countries. However, the volume of carbon emissions in the emerging democracies increase year by year, thus contributing to the increase of the threat.

Therefore, RIAC works to raise awareness among the general public so that they hold the politicians in the emerging democracies accountable for carbon emissions and possible climate change consequences

Farmers in the rural areas suffer from the climate change and loose the crops, which leads them to poverty. However, people do not know much about it and have no strategies to reduce its impact on their livelihoods.

Azerbaijan is becoming one of the biggest suppliers of oil and gas in Europe and it builds on it for future increase, which is having and will have an impact on the environment.

People living in the poorest rural areas of the country have noted with growing concern that they are already the most affected by changing weather patterns – flooding, deforestation and desertification – and demanding action. Climate change increases the gap between rich and poor. The poor, who rely heavily on natural resources, suffer through increasing temperatures, droughts, flooding and rising Caspian Sea level. Tackling the causes of climate change is a question of justice for the poor.  To tackle it, however, they need to put the cause on the politicians’ agenda.

3. New Media and emerging democracies. Role of new technologies in the building of democracy

RIAC uses art and culture, social media tools and new technologies to contribute to democratic development.

The Internet, mobile technology (smart phones) and related technologies are profoundly affecting social, economic and political institutions worldwide, particularly in new and emerging democracies. In the hands of politicians, activists, these tools can become a power and voice.

Donors

Among donors who financed us are CoE, EYF, OSI, Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC), UK, British, Canadian and Norwegian Embassies in Azerbaijan, International Alert, UK, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Alfred Mozer Foundation, OXFAM/N(o)vib, VVD (Liberal Party of the Netherlands) the Netherlands, International Center Non-violent Conflict, USA, Albert Einstein Institution, USA, FPDL, Romania etc

Therefore, RIAC has been working on long-terms with Alfred Mozer Foundation (Social-Democratic Party), the Netherlands, VVD (Liberal Party), the Netherlands, Dutch Center for Political Participation and The Albert Einstein Institution, Washington.