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Defence Ministry sets up Strategic Study Institute
2005-01-24 10:22:09

Nicosia, Jan 24 (CNA) -- Cypriot Minister of Defence Kyriakos Mavronicolas announced today the establishment of a Strategic Study Institute, which will carry out research for strategy and decision-making purposes on national security matters.

The Institute, the founding of which was recently decided by the Council of Ministers, will be the body through which the Ministry of Defence will cover its scientific research and analysis needs concerning issues of strategy, international relations, geopolitics and security, in cooperation with the Defence Analysis Institute of the Greek National Defence Ministry.

Mavronicolas told a press conference that the Institute would be under the Ministry of Defence and initially would comprise academics offering their services cost-free.

Christos Iacovou, who will be heading the academics, described the Institute as a think tank, which will assist the formation of strategic thought and decision-making on national security issues.

The Minister of Defence said the whole effort aimed at creating a modern strategic study institute, similar to those in other countries, including Greece.

He added that the aim of the Institute was to cover the real needs of the Ministry of Defence and the National Guard.

Taking into consideration Cyprus' participation in the European rapid reaction force, the Ministry of Defence ''must act in a contemporary spirit, through modern concepts,'' Mavronicolas said.

The Minister noted that through the Institute, Cyprus would be able to be in touch and exchange views with other European institutes.

Iacovou said the Institute aimed at carrying out regular studies on issues concerning the Cyprus problem in its regional and international dimension.

The first scientific activity of the Institute is a seminar on January 27 concerning security in the Eastern Mediterranean, its challenges and prospects.

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