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The Institute for Strategic Dialogue

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) is an independent think tank whose work aims to challenge threats to international and communal peace, from polarisation and radicalisation through to defence and security challenges.

It does this through a range of policy, research, educational and cultural programmes which include the facilitation of inter-governmental and expert task forces, cross-border action networks, major applied research projects, high-level briefings, and a scholarship and leadership scheme run with the University of Oxford to nurture the next generation of leaders across Europe’s wider neighbourhood. ISD is also involved in incubating a range of initiatives that are seeded as independent organisations helping to deliver its mission in practice. The Institute works extensively across Europe, North America, the Middle East and China.

ISD has developed extensive expertise in the fields of social polarisation, intolerance and integration. Its work has involved off-the-record briefings to leading political figures including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair; policy input into governments and a succession of EU Presidencies; research into the causes of polarisation and radicalisation, good practice responses, and effective approaches to evaluation; policy exchange through an eight-country inter-governmental network of policy planners and links in North America and the Middle East; and civil society action programmes, such as CEDAR, the first pan-European Muslim professionals’ network, and the  ‘Inter-Community Initiative for a New Centre-Ground’ (known as the Phoenix group).

ISD staff and fellows include a number of highly experienced researchers working on these issues in Europe and North America. ISD is also currently running a three-year research project – Muslims in the European Mediascape – exploring the role of the media in influencing attitudes towards Muslims and other minority communities in the UK and Germany, conducted in partnership with the British Council and Vodafone Foundation Germany.

For more information on ISD, please visit For regular updates on ISD’s work, follow the organisation on Twitter @Institute4SD.