STRATPOL affiliated project IAS is an independent research institute residing in Bratislava, Slovakia. Its main objective is to support and realize research in the field of Asian Studies and to spread knowledge about Asia among the Slovak professional public, to cooperate with organizations with a similar focus in Central Europe and to build partnerships with Asian partners. These goals are achieved through organization of conferences and seminars, promotion of the teaching of Asian subjects at universities in Slovakia and through publications.
Their primary areas of interest are international relations and security studies while geographically covering the regions of East, South and Southeast Asia. The Institute cooperates with similar organizations in other Central European countries in order to maximize the amount of relevant knowledge for the V4 region.
Current activities include:
- Periodical publishing of IAS Policy Papers analysing current pressing topics
- Monthly publication of Asian Newsletter, which joins a review of the most important news from the region of East, South and Southeast Asia every month
- IAS Interviews with academics and professionals involved in the Asia-related fields
- Organizing educational events for the public and cooperating with universities