The IEPN works under the overall direction of the Israel Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and its partners, the MACRO Center for Political Economics, Tel Aviv and the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich, Germany.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is represented in Israel since 1978. Over the years, the Israel Office has gained a reputation for being a well-trusted partner for projects coordinated with and initiated by major actors in Israeli politics and civil society. Moreover, through its network of offices in Israel, Brussels and European capitals, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is in a unique position to offer political and operational support to the IEPN.
The Macro Center for Political Economics specializes in the economic and sociological analysis of current and evolving issues on Israel's public agenda.
The Center's uniqueness lies in its ability to integrate the social with the economic dimension as expressed by the subjects it deals with in addition to the methodologies it applies in the research undertaken. The fruit of this synergetic interaction can be observed in the numerous studies the Center has performed on economic reforms in Israel in the era of globalization, the national budget, the benefits and costs of National Service, the status of women in Israel, problems of identity among Israeli youth, social security and the socio-economic status of various sectors in Israeli society.
In order to accomplish its mission, the Center joins forces with Israel's foremost researchers in the fields of economics, political science, sociology and psychology.
In addition to research, the Center is active in the encouragement of the public discourse on a wide range of topics. This goal is accomplished by its organization of closed professional forums as well as conferences and seminars open to the public.
The Institute of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich is an ambitious research institution with a strong interdisciplinary focus. The University as a whole and the Faculty of Social Sciences have a strong international profile in the areas of International Politics and International Law.
Particular focus is laid on conflict and security studies, theories of international relations and Mediterranean and Middle East politics.
Several members of the Institute of Political Science hold long-standing and extensive contacts with policy-makers in European and global policy- and security-networks. The university is one of two German universities that is administered by the German Federation. It was founded in the early 1970s. It is a civil university in both research and teaching and the university is deeply committed to ensuring full academic freedom in research and teaching.
The Universität der Bundeswehr combines a strong commitment for excellent and innovative academic research with the goal of rendering the university a leading ‘hoard of excellent research’ in Europe and beyond. While most students are recruited from higher ranks of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr, both male and female), approximately 10 per cent of students come from a civil background.
The Universität der Bundeswehr holds intensive contacts with universities, research institutions, political decision-makers and other opinion-leaders throughout the world, thereby sustaining an active global network of leading social and natural science experts.