Our core values and funding

Our Core Values

  • We pursue and promote future-focused and solutions-oriented strategic research, analysis and dialogue on contemporary peace, security and defence research, policy and practice.
  • We promote collaboration, engagement and dialogue with and between national and global stakeholders from academia, the research community, government and civil society.
  • We promote and pursue constructive debate and discussion on under-examined contemporary risks to inform sustainable and effective solutions.
  • We are an independent body providing non-partisan thought leadership.
  • We respect human rights and civil liberties.
  • We pursue policies of diversity and equality.
  • We believe in providing transparency and accountability.
  • We believe in securing and safeguarding the security, prosperity and general well-being of society.
The Azure Forum membership

Our Funding

The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy is a company limited by guarantee (CLG) registered in the Republic of Ireland. Financial information is provided to the Companies Registration Office (CRO) in compliance with all CRO regulations. As a CLG/social enterprise, the organisation is a profit seeking, trading organisation that has a social mission as well as measured and positive social impact. We operate as a trading enterprise that generates revenue through its social outputs/services, in which all profit is reinvested into the business/social mission.
Our Trustees ensure that all fundraising with governments, private companies, foundations and high net worth individuals is consistent with our values of independence.

In line with these principles:

  • The Azure Forum reports publicly the sources of its revenue in general terms divided between various categories such as general donations, publications income, foundation grants, government grants, individual support and corporate support.
  • Neither staff nor the Trustees seek or accept funding from any source that places any limitation on our research and analysis or our convening or organisational independence. The Trustees act as the Institute’s ethics body and ensure through their oversight that the Institute’s fundraising practices and execution of grants or contracts meet the highest standards and conform to the values of independence and excellence that are at the core of the research institute.
  • We secure our independence through Memoranda of Understanding that govern donations, especially from governments. These establish that financial support is provided with the funder’s agreement that the Azure Forum has sole authority over the staff hired, the research themes chosen, the methodology applied, the analytical approaches adopted and the conclusions reached.