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Centre for Analysis and Planning
CENTRE FOR ANALYSIS & PLANNING (CAP)
1. Legal Framework - Mission.
The Centre for Analysis and Planning (CAP) was established in 1998. According to the amendment of Article 13 of the Statute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Law 3566/2007 (Official Gazette A΄ 117)] by Law 4451/13-2-2017 (Official Gazette A΄ 16) and the concomitant Ministerial Decree dated 26-6-2017, the CAP is an autonomous unit directly answerable to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Its main mission is foreign policy and international relations analysis, scientific research and support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, elaboration of studies and formulation of policy proposals on topics of special Greek interest or of broader international challenges, within the framework of Greek foreign policy strategic priorities and upon relevant instructions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
To this end, the Centre participates in the meetings of the National Council of Foreign Policy (Law 3132/9-4-2003). The Head of the CAP, appointed by the Minister, is an Ambassador or an Expert-Minister Counsellor A΄, holding a recognized PhD, with a record of published related scientific work and has overall responsibility for administrative issues and smooth operation of the Centre. It is also anticipated that the CAP will benefit from the scientific support of a team of four contracted associate scientists, under the supervision of the Scientific Director, who is also appointed by the Minister, having the status of a University Professor specialized on topics related to the CAP’s mission and having significant professional experience.
The CAP seeks osmosis between ministerial and academic/research reflection, by working closely with Directorates of the MFA in Athens and Diplomatic Missions abroad, universities and research centers both in Greece and abroad, counterpart Agencies of other Ministries of Foreign Affairs and European/international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Furthermore, the CAP organizes internal meetings on selected topics, as well as open conferences, at which internationally renowned personalities/analysts may be invited, it elaborates special programs and commissions special studies, the final selection of which lies with the Minister. Due to the separate nature of its mission, in relation to other MFA services, the goal of the CAP -to the extent possible- is to analyse topics in a mid-long term perspective.
2. Competences - Organization and Operation
The competences of the CAP are further elaborated at the aforementioned Ministerial Decree dated 26-6-2017, according to which the Centre is composed of four (4) Departments:
a) Department for Policy Planning and Actions’ Programming
b) Department for Relations and Partnerships with Domestic and Foreign Agencies
c) Department for Monitoring of International Think Tanks
d) Department for Administrative Support
In order to respond to its multifaceted role, the CAP is staffed by permanent personnel from several branches of the Foreign Ministry (Diplomatic, Expert, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Administrative staff).
At the same time, apart from CAP's foreseen support from the above-mentioned Scientific Group, the Centre works in tandem with Working Groups/mixed Task Forces composed of MFA staff/academics for elaborating on specific topics of Greek interest (see point 3 below).
Furthermore, the CAP provides administrative support to the Scientific Council, staffed by university Professors specialized in International and European Law and providing opinion on major legal questions raised by the Minister (based on the aforementioned amendment of the Statute of the MFA Law 4451/addendum Article 35A).
3. CAP activities
-Issuing periodic “REVIEW”, in electronic form, which includes a selection of timely texts originating from internationally recognized think tanks. The Review was initially issued in 2016 and collects –as far as possible- a representative sample of published texts from think tanks on contemporary international topics. Views expressed in the texts are not binding for the CAP/MFA. Reviews are exclusively addressed to MFA Directorates and Greek Diplomatic Missions abroad, in order to provide broader knowledge of timely analyses and possibly, where appropriate, assess relevant reflections developed internationally. So far, the Centre has issued the following Reviews entitled: 1-2016 IMMIGRATION (January/February), 2-2016 SYRIA (March/April), 3-2016 BREXIT (May/June), 4-2016 INTERNATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE (July/August), 5-2016 ENERGY & DIPLOMACY (September/October), 6-2016 CHALLENGES, INFORMAL BODIES AND PERSPECTIVES OF INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE (November/December), 7-2017 INTERNATIONAL FORECASTS AND ESTIMATES: WORLD ORDER UNDER THE LIGHT OF THE NEW USA ADMINISTRATION (January/February), 8-2017 QUO VADIS EUROPA? (March/April), 9-2017 EAST ASIA (May/June), 10-2017 UN REFORM (July/August), 11-2017 CYBERSECURITY (September/October), 12-2017 CULTURAL & RELIGIOUS DIPLOMACY (November-December), 13-2018 2018:GLOBAL TRENDS & ESTIMATES (January-February), 14-2018 AFRICA: CHALLENGES-INTERNATIONAL ACTORS-PROSPECTS (March/April), 15-2018 THE MIDDLE EAST IN CRISIS (May/June), 16-2018 SOUTHEAST EUROPE (July/August), 17-2018 CLIMATE CHANGE & DIPLOMACY (September/October), 18-2018 RADICALISATION: CHALLENGE AND TACKLING OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM (November/December), 19-2019 2019: GLOBAL TRENDS & ESTIMATES (January/February), 20-2019 EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2019 & PROSPECTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (Spring 2019), 21-2019: US-CHINA ECONOMIC WAR and other current international topics: Arctic Circle, Venezuela, Iran, European Elections (Summer 2019), 22-2019 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE & DIPLOMACY and other current international topics: Eastern Mediterranean-Middle East, Arms Control (September – October 2019), 23-2019 EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES OF THE WEST BALKANS and other current international topics: the Refugee – Migration issue, Brexit (November-December 2019), 24-2020 2020: GLOBAL TRENDS & ESTIMATES (January-February 2020), 25-2020 ECONOMIC AND GEO-POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) [special edition] (March 2020), 26-2020 GEOPOLITICAL CHANGES IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN and other current international topics: COVID-19: The day after for the global economy and geopolitics, Human rights and democratic governance in the COVID-19 era (April-May 2020), 27-2020 POST COVID-19 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and other current texts: Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean (Summer 2020), 28-2020 USA: ELECTIONS 2020 and other current texts on Developments in the Eastern Mediterranean (September-October 2020), 29-2020 TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS IN VIEW OF THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION (November-December 2020)…
- Issuing new series entitled “TEXTS OF ANALYSIS & POLICY” (in electronic form) which compiles texts drawn up by CAP Working Groups or speeches at events organised by CAP/MFA. So far, the Centre has issued the following electronic texts entitled:  “THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION” (August 2016),  “CONSEQUENCES OF BREXIT ON GREECE” (January 2017),  “RELIGIOUS-ECCLESIASTICAL DIPLOMACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY” (February 2019),  “THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: REFLECTIONS ON THE PROSPECTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION” (March 2019)…
- Coordination of Working Groups/Task Forces of senior public functionaries and academics. To date the following Working Groups/Task Forces have been established and functioned with CAP coordination: 1) Working Group on the FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (established March 2016), which has completed its function with the drafting a Reflection Paper of policy proposals regarding the future of the European Union and Greece's position within it (supra, “TEXTS OF ANALYSIS & POLICY”  ). 2) Special Interministerial Committee to STUDY THE IMPACT OF THE BRITISH REFERENDUM ON GREECE (established July 2016), at Secretary General level under the Chairmanship of MFA’s Secretary General; it culminated with the drafting of an initial Synthesis Report on the impacts of Brexit on Greece (supra, “TEXTS OF ANALYSIS & POLICY” ). 3) Intra-ministerial Task Force to STUDY THE EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENTS AND THE IMPACT OF THE BRITISH REFERENDUM ON GREECE on BREXIT (established July 2016) with the participation of directors of co-competent MFA Directorates and academics, under the Chairmanship, as appropriate, of A΄or C΄ General Directors. In parallel to the above, the CAP hosted (2016-18) a Working Group comprising exclusively of academics for the ORGANISATION OF THE CENTRE FOR RELIGIOUS PLURALISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
- Ad-hoc meetings with foreign delegations in Athens, at their request, as well as collaborations with counterpart planning departments of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and university/research centers, both domestic and foreign.