Egmont - The Royal Institute for International Relations



Director General: Marc Otte
Director of the European Affairs Program: Marc Lepoivre

EPIN Liaison officer:
Stijn Verhelst
Senior Research Fellow
Tel: +32 (0)2 213 70 10
E-mail: s.verhelst (at)


EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. Its interdisciplinary research is conducted in a spirit of total academic freedom.

Drawing on the expertise of its own research fellows, as well as that of external specialists, both Belgian and foreign, it provides analysis and suggests international policy options that are meant to be as operational as possible.

Benefiting from the role acquired by Brussels in the global arena and from the prestigious setting of the Egmont Palace, the Institute offers an ideal forum to visiting Heads of State, Heads of government, representatives of international organisations, foreign ministers and other political figures. 

The research takes place within the framework of three research programmes:

  • European Affairs Programme;
  • Europe in the World Programme;
  • Africa Programme


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