ZEI Research Cooperations

ZEI was already involved in several research projects with various international project partners.

European Integration and South Eastern Europe

BRIE Paper

In the context of its “Task Force South East Europe” ZEI contributed between 2001 and 2004 to the development of appropriate teaching material for European Studies in South East Europe and at the establishment of the Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Center (BRIE) in Rousse (Bulgaria).

As part of this work, the publications of the ZEI Series “European Integration and South Eastern Europe” and the “HERTIE Lectures of BRIE”, which ZEI coordinated, received broad reputation across South East Europe.

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Comparative Regional Integration: European Union and West Africa - Cooperation of ZEI with the West Africa Institute (WAI)


The multilateral research project was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the years 2010-2016 and was considered a “beacon” project in the BMBF Africa Strategy of 2014. The project partner of ZEI in this case was the newly established West Africa Institute in Praia (Cabo Verde). WAI was the first research institute of its kind in the region and offers academic analysis, concrete policy advice and the dissemination of knowledge about regional integration processes in West Africa.

Starting 2010 the ZEI-WAI cooperation included research workshops with European and West African scholars, as well as staff exchanges between ZEI and WAI conducted with the goal of elaborating innovative research results and to support the academic and administrative establishment of WAI.

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