Research Network

The Alliance Research Network is intended as a diverse collection of research centers and universities to serve as a collective think-tank for the Alliance, and be leaders of a movement to encourage cross-cultural educational exchange and research.

The Alliance Research Network brings together a small group of institutions from around the world who have interests in the areas of focus for the Alliance — education, media, migration, and youth plus other topics with special reference to cross-cultural understanding, good governance of cultural diversity, conflict resolution such as women and peacemaking, city diplomacy and other areas. The Network was formally launched at a working breakfast at the Istanbul Forum, April 6, 2009.

Potential activities

  • Develop analysis papers on international political issues relevant to the objectives of the Alliance, in order to support the High Representative’s work.
  • Provide input into the development of UNAOC Clearinghouse themes.
  • Partner with UNAOC to manage the updating of content for Clearinghouse themes, in cooperation with the Research Manager.
  • Assist in the development of the UNAOC’s Rapid Response Media Mechanism through suggesting experts for the Global Experts resource and Communities of Knowledge in specific areas of interest to the Alliance.
  • Encourage efforts to expand international faculty and student exchanges.
  • Host conferences dealing with Alliance of Civilizations themes.


Currently, 21 institutions/networks of institutions and research centers from around the world have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Alliance, delineating their involvement and participation in the Research Network.  Members include