The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC RI) and the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) / The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) agreed to facilitate collaboration and the shaping of knowledge and expertise between academics and researchers as well as to make joint research available to researchers, policy makers, and the wider public. Both institutes aim to have joint research programs, closer collaboration, and to exchange academic publications.
The MoU was signed by the DOC RI´s Supervisory Board Chairman, Vladimir Yakunin , and Zhang Yuyan, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Beijing, on 31 May in Berlin.
CASS is the premier academic research organisation in China for study in the fields of philosophy and social sciences, with the obligation of advancing and innovating in the scientific research of philosophy, social sciences, and policy. It was described by Foreign Policy magazine as the top think tank in Asia.
The ceremony took place during the round-table conference on “New Models of International Cooperation: Multiple Perspectives on the Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR)” where speakers from institutions based in Belgium, China, Germany, Iran, and Russia came together to exchange ideas on OBOR.