Centre for Eastern Studies
Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW, Polish: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich) is a Warsaw-based think tank that undertakes independent research on the political, economic and social situation in Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.
The OSW is the largest of the European Union’s think tanks to focus its research on the part of Europe which until 1989 had been separated from the West by the Iron Curtain.
The Centre is particularly active in debates concerning the European Union's policy towards its Eastern neighbours (European Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership), challenges to energy security in Europe, as well as the political, social and economic transformation of countries neighbouring Poland.
The analyses and publications produced by the OSW help to shape Polish foreign policy.
Staff and work groups
The OSW employs over 50 research fellows.
There are five research units and a few single specialists (in energy policy and military aspects of international security):
- Russian Department
- Department of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova
- Department of the Caucasus and Central Asia
- Central European Department
- German and Northern Europe Department
Most of the OSW publications are available free of charge at the Centre's Web site, both in Polish and English (including "Policy Briefs", "OSW Studies", "OSW Report", and compact "Daily News").
There are three English-language analytical newsletters that are available by subscription:
- Eastweek—a weekly newsletter on recent developments in Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
- CE Weekly ("Central European Weekly")—a weekly newsletter on recent developments in Central Europe, Germany, the Balkans and the Baltic States.
- OSW Commentary—a series of more in-depth analyses concerning the most important developments in the OSW area of interest.