About the Institute
The history of the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS), its establishment and development, is closely connected with the history and development of Ukraine.
After the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine in 1991, there was an acute demand for comprehensive, interdisciplinary research that would formulate strategies for state building and develop corresponding policy recommendations. With a view toward addressing this demand, the Institute was founded on 25 December 1991 at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine on the initiative of its President, Academician Boris Paton.
On 4 March 1992, by decree of the first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, the Institute was given the status of a national body and was subordinated to the President of Ukraine. The National Institute for Strategic Studies was entrusted with the task of providing newly independent Ukraine with academically grounded strategies for national development and elaborating possible scenarios of political, socio-economic and humanitarian development.
At various times the Institute was subordinated to the President of Ukraine (1992-1994), the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (1994-2000), the Presidential Administration of Ukraine (2000-2002), and since December 16, 2002, directly to the President of Ukraine.
In 2010, significant changes were made to the structure of the Institute – the range and parameters of its mission were broadened and the number of its departments was increased.
The National Institute for Strategic Studies today is a research institution that provides analytical and prognostic support to the President of Ukraine. It is a think tank, the key task of which is not only to facilitate the drafting of programmatic documents and decisions but also to initiate new approaches to the formulation of national policies.
The Institute’s Mission and Tasks
- conducting policy-relevant research and providing strategic analyses in all major areas of domestic and foreign policy;
- formulating policy options and proposing thoroughly researched recommendations to the President of Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and national and local government authorities charged with decision making and crafting policy;
- providing analytical and administrative support in drafting the Annual Addresses of the President of Ukraine to the Verkhovna Rada (parliament);
- developing strategic documents and offering expert assessments of national policies, legislative acts and legal documents at the request of the Administration of the President of Ukraine and other government bodies;
- monitoring the problems of regional social development;
- participating in governmental commissions, inter-departmental and departmental working groups and public expert councils in drafting documents related to reform and development programs.
The NISS undertakes comprehensive research with a forward-looking policy orientation together with an analytical response to current issues and challenges that may emerge and confront the country and its people. A scientific approach is combined with a targeted focus on solving the practical problems of Ukraine’s domestic and foreign policy.
Considerable attention is devoted to developing researched-based strategies for Ukraine’s development and the comprehensive modernization of the state and society, with special emphasis on mechanisms for the introduction and implementation of reforms.
Our research encompasses the following areas:
- humanitarian and political development:
- political strategies,
- humanitarian policy,
- legal policy;
- socio-economic development:
- economic strategy,
- social policy,
- regional development,
- external economic relations;
- national security and foreign policy:
- security sector reform,
- defense policy, energy security,
- technogenous and environmental security,
- information security,
- foreign policy strategies.
Information and Public Interface Activities
The NISS is committed to openness and dialogue with the public designed to bring the results of the Institute’s research to a wide audience and to facilitate the public’s understanding of key issues of Ukraine’s development. These activities involve:
• organizing and contributing to a wide range of conferences, seminars, round tables, expert discussions, and video conferences that provide a forum for policy debate and wide public discussion;
• interacting with the media: giving interviews and comments; submitting articles to newspapers, magazines, and online publications; participating in TV and radio news and talk shows;
• posting full-text electronic versions of all NISS publications, analytical materials, press releases, and Institute events on the NISS website for public use.
Interacting with the broad public provides the Institute with important sources of information, opinions, and attitudes.
The opinions and views of the expert community and the general public are assessed and considered when developing policy proposals.
The Institute has established scientific contacts with corresponding research institutions and analytical centers in Europe, North America, and Asia. Good working relations are maintained with international organizations and foreign embassies and missions in Ukraine.
Among our foreign partners are: Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Warsaw Management School Graduate and Postgraduate School, the World Institute for Nuclear Security (Austria), the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies (USA - Germany), the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (Switzerland), the Institute for National Strategic Studies of the National Defense University (USA), the Institute for Eastern Studies (Poland), the Chinese Academy of Contemporary International Relations, and others.
This activity is conducted by arranging visits of foreign delegations and experts to the Institute, organizing and holding international conferences, workshops, and round tables, participating in international research projects and events, and exchanging research results and specialists.
The NISS is open to the establishment of relations for joint research projects and cooperation with its counterparts abroad.
The Institute conducts highly qualified specialist training through its postgraduate courses on political, economic and philosophical sciences in the sphere of national security. There are two specialized academic councils with the right to award candidate and doctorate degrees.
As a result of its research activities the NISS issues various publications, including monographs, analytical reports, collections of research papers, draft policy documents, proceedings of public discussions and the quarterly Strategic Priorities. All publications of the Institute are non-profit and intended for government officials, politicians, scientists, independent experts, and others.
The publications are distributed to organizations and individuals, including the President of Ukraine, leaders and officials from the Administration of the President of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, interested ministries and agencies, central and local governmental bodies, research and educational institutions, libraries, diplomatic missions of Ukraine abroad, and foreign analytical institutions.
The Institute is headed by a Director who is appointed by the President of Ukraine.
The Scientific Council is a collective advisory board responsible for the research activities of the Institute.
The Institute consists of 18 research departments in Kyiv and regional branches in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Uzhhorod. Institute staff includes civil servants and researchers.
To formulate separate policy-relevant documents, the Institute may create temporary research teams by involving representatives of executive authorities, research institutions, NGOs, and independent experts.
Sources of Funding
The Institute is financed from general and special funds of the State Budget of Ukraine.