Our story

Our Story:
Ireland’s Distinctive Global Reputation

We believe Ireland has a unique global brand as a smaller even-handed nation with balanced foreign policy approaches and strong moral or soft power.

It is an open global economy that is host to leading interdisciplinary expertise – it supports the international rules-based order, pursues a militarily neutral/non-aligned defence policy and works with like-minded foreign policy and economic partners.

Based in Ireland, our goal is to create a body of applied analysis and collaborative initiatives to engage independently with other states facing similar national and global challenges.

We believe that our forum can provide a distinctive – and sometimes small state – contribution to national and international discussions on modern risks.

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Irish experts show time and time again their ability to steer successful outcomes globally and at international level

The Azure Forum goals

Societal resilience in the face of new threats: ‘Meitheal’

Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, describes the essence of Irish resilience as ‘meitheal’ whereby “Ireland has its own strengths – in family life, in the local community, in the concept of meitheal, a very traditional form of cooperation in rural Ireland….[T]here are strong solidarity overtones.” Fostering this type of societal resilience is increasingly pertinent for modern risks that are not always fully preventable. These risks require resilience and risk management to facilitate our ability to bounce back from crisis.

As a smaller country, Ireland can create structures to enhance our agility to act faster to achieve desired outcomes and provide test-beds for new concepts.

Post-Brexit: Ireland will be the only native English speaking Member State of the EU

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Our Chosen Name: The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy

It is important to us that we provide fresh and collaborative thinking on modern risks within the national and global landscape. In particular, our institute is interested in exploring the linkages and interconnections between the local and global.

The Arms of Ireland, Azure a harp or stringed argent, were registered in 1945. From medieval times, the harp has been regarded as the heraldic symbol of Ireland, while the deep blue background is symbolic of the representation of the sovereignty of Ireland in early Irish mythology.

The deep blue Azure background of the Arms of Ireland depicts Ireland’s sovereignty in early Irish mythology…

…and yet it is our vision to explore the national-global security nexus. The colour Azure and its association with Marco Polo’s travels captures the essence of our work on global  interconnectedness, the ebb and flow of global interactions and exchanges of novel ideas and innovations.

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