CAP - Center for Applied Policy Research

Mission and objectives

The Center for Applied Policy Research is a university-based institution for political advising on European and international issues. It was founded in 1995 as a home for practice-oriented, externally-financed research, and has been aligned with the Geschwister-Scholl Institute for Political Science at the Munich Ludwig Maximilian University.

As an independent think tank, the C·A·P uses its working methods of “applied policy research” to close the gap between politics, the public, and academia. By doing so, it advises political leaders and decision-makers in various policy fields. At the same time, it communicates the results of its work to the public and to a large number of opinion shapers via publications, events, and the Internet, and conducts international networking and training programs.

The C·A·P Middle East Programme combines research with political consulting and capacity building. Its main activities include: Training and networking projects for young leaders, multipliers and opinion shapers from European and Middle Eastern countries in cooperation with all relevant public and private institutions and organizations in Europe, the MENA region, and beyond; publication of strategy papers, analyses, and handbooks; regular publication and participation in the media and journals.

Other departments conduct studies in applied policy research in German and European affairs, designs and implements projects on youth and Europe, and offers consultancy in leadership, talent development, and capacity building.