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11 November 2007

Links to other organizations associated with the IPF Program.

IPF is a program of the Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation which works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. OSI and the Soros foundations network implement a range of initiatives that aim to promote open societies by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, human rights, and women's rights; as well as social, legal, and economic reform.

IPF is also affiliated with the Central European University (CEU), a research-intensive international graduate university with a unique combination of American, European, and regional intellectual and academic traditions. The university is devoted to the creation of new knowledge in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as excellence in developing the policy implications of both. Being part of the OSI network, CEU provides an academic forum for the network programs', provides feedback about developments and needs throughout the region, and, at the same time, takes network experience into account when shaping its curriculum, research, and public outreach activities.

Within the CEU, IPF is closely associated with the Center for Policy Studies (CPS), an academic unit of Central European University that is dedicated to improving the quality of governance in the region by providing independent public policy analysis and advice. The Center strives to share relevant experiences of the post-socialist transition with a sound appreciation of local policy contexts. IPF joined forces with the CPS when it was established in late 1999.

The CPS Policy Documentation Center (PDC) is an online database including numerous policy studies by International Policy Fellows that are part of an extensive archive of public policy material from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

IPF has published books with CEU Press, an international university press based in Budapest. Its editorial program includes book projects on the political philosophy and practices of open society, gender studies, legal studies, medieval studies, the environment, the art and culture of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, nationalism, human rights, conflict resolution, open media and international relations. In 2003, CEU Press published Reinventing Media: Media Policy Reform in East Central Europe a compilation of ten IPF case studies analyzing the challenges faced by the media, with timely policy recommendations for reform. The first book of the IPF Policy Perspective series, Islam and Tolerance in Wider Europe, was published in 2007.

IPF also collaborates with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels to provide policy fellows with further opportunities for joint scholarship and research dissemination activities in these policymaking capitals. IPF and the Wilson Center's East European Studies Program provide several policy fellows with International Junior Public Policy Scholar Fellowships at the Center each year. Fellows working on relevant projects also benefit from CEPS-based short-term study visits.

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