Introducing the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb (Croatia)


The Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) is a public research institute with a long tradition. The fundamental mission of the Institute is developing and disseminating theoretical, methodological and technical knowledge and enhancing skills required for scientific and professional interpretation and evaluation of contemporary international relations which affect various human activities and related developmental trends important for Croatia. In its scientific and professional work the Institute focuses on various forms of interconnections between international relations and political, economic and socio-cultural development tendencies. IRMO’s research is interdisciplinary and principally focused on the topics of international economic and political relations, European integration, foreign and security policy, resource economics and environmental policy, energy policy and climate changes, competitiveness, regional policy, as well as culture and communication.

The Institute was founded in 1963 by the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with a focus on Africa and later on developing countries in general. The globalization of development processes, networking and regional integration led to an increased interest in the processes of stronger international interaction, particularly concerning the European integration process.

The work of IRMO is structured around three main program lines: i) international political relations and security, ii) international framework for economic development, integration and cooperation, iii) culture, communication and media aspects of international relations. The topics developed within the program line of international political relations and security are devoted to addressing the Croatian position within the global and regional political challenges and the various aspects of national security. The program line related to the international framework for economic development integration and cooperation concerns European integration and regional cooperation initiatives, EU policies and relevant development processes in Croatia, including regional development, economic restructuring and competitiveness and environmental protection. The culture, communication and media aspects of international relations program line researches interrelationships of globalization and local cultural changes as well as communication and media features of contemporary social processes.

Thus IRMO provides a scientific base and expertise for the elaboration and implementation of public polices in numerous areas which are relevant to Croatia’s development. The institute frequently organizes public events such as roundtables, seminars, conferences and specialist training and education programs. The results of these activities are broadly disseminated in numerous publications, which are largely accessible on IRMO’s website.

As a public institute, IRMO is supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports as well as by different international foundations and other sources on a project basis. The most important project contractors are the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the World Bank, UNDP, UNESCO, NATO and other international organisations, as well as national ministries, local and regional authorities and economic entities. The research oriented projects of the institute have been supported through EC programmes such as FP7, PHARE, IPA, ERASMUS+, Jean Monnet and others.



Director: Sanja Tisma, PhD