New ISN Partner:

The ISN is happy to announce that has joined the network as a partner. is an information service providing analysis on oil and other commodities, the energy sector and geopolitics. The service offers articles and graphics written by a team of investment analysts.

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Call for Applications: Junior Associates Program

The ISN is proud to announce the launch of our Junior Associates Program. The program brings together young professionals from Swiss-based institutions, companies and international organizations , as well as promising young scholars from Swiss universities, in a cooperative project that builds bridges and networks across the Swiss IR community.

Each program cycle will focus on a theme; this year, the topic will be

Europe and Islamic Countries – New Frontiers, Fresh Perspectives

The broad range of issues that may be explored under this thematic umbrella include:

  • Swiss/European policy toward ‘marginal’ Muslim regions, such as North Africa, parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia
  • Economic cooperation between Europe and North Africa
  • Population growth in the Arab world and the migration of young Arabs to Europe
  • Muslim perspectives on identity and place in 21st century Europe

Through collaboration, Junior Associates are expected to draft two Junior Associates Special Reports, to be published by the ISN in late 2010 and early 2011.

Junior Associates will also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive ISN Junior Associates event in Zurich in early October of this year. The event will feature high caliber speakers on this year’s topic.

For more information and to request an application form, visit the program’s website. Questions can be addressed to the program manager, Kaisa Schreck, or the program assistant, Jonas Rey, by sending an email to ja[at]


New ISN Partner: Group for Legal and Political Studies

Logo, Group for Legal and Political Studies

The ISN is happy to announce that the Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) has joined the network as a partner.

Established in 2003, GLPS  is a research institute based in Prishtina, Kosovo. It conducts academic research in the fields of political science, law and economics. The Group also aims to promote reform, democratization and development of Kosovo’s governing system.

Welcome to the ISN’s partner network, GLPS!


The ISN Quiz: Rethinking Environmental (In)Security

Take note of your environment as you’re taking the latest ISN Quiz, featuring this week’s theme: Rethinking Environmental (In)Security.



New ISN Partner: Petrospot Limited

Petrospot - Transport, Energy & Maritime Intelligence

Petrospot Limited, a publishing, training and events organization focused on the maritime, energy and transport industries, has joined the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) as a partner.

Based in Oxfordshire, England, Petrospot was established in May 2003 by Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes (Managing Director). He is supported by Ian Taylor (Director – Publishing), Luci Llewellyn-Jones (Director – Events), Lesley Bankes-Hughes (Company Secretary – Associate Editor), Luke Hallam Evans (Sales Manager) and Alison Jane Cutler (Design & Marketing Manager).

Petrospot publishes two leading international magazines, Bunkerspot and Cargo Security International. Each is fully supported by 24/7 electronic news services. The company also organizes international conferences, conducts training courses and seminars and publishes books on marine fuels.

Welcome on board, Petrospot!