igadi 30aniversario matrioska

Who are we

Ideas and Ideals to be Us in the World

The Galician Institution of International Analysis and Documentation (IGADI, for its Galician name, Instituto Galego de Análise e Documentación Internacional) is an independent think tank and an association of international studies founded in 1991. We have a twofold purpose: to reflect on the problems and trends of contemporary international society and to advocate for a greater insertion of Galicia in the world at all levels.

galeria 1991 2022 1999 Baiona
galeria 1991 2022 20

The IGADI is a community of knowledge that carries out its work with a vocation for public service, from a plural activity. It intends to establish itself as a meeting place, where all sensibilities and disciplines can develop and converse in a loyal and complicit way, in line with our founding mission.

The IGADI has managed to define its own profile in a 30-year trajectory with different results and projects that should be highlighted: the definition of the first White Paper on Galician Foreign Action, the magazine Tempo Exterior, the annual reports on Galician international policy and foreign action, the Observatory of Chinese Policy, the Galician Observatory of Lusophone, the Plácido Castro Foundation and the Galician Fund for Cooperation and Solidarity.

galeria 1991 2022 caex
galeria 1991 2022 2.30N

The IGADI is a continuation of the universalist and deeply humanist tradition of historical Galicianism, which promotes an international system based on the principles of the United Nations. Here, cooperation and collaboration prevail over confrontation and conflict. Galician society can find in IGADI a collaborating entity for its foreign action strategies and international projection, following the 2030 Agenda.


  • Activity Axes

    Historically, our activity has developed in 4 main areas:Web and PublicationsIGADI was born at the end of the Cold War and the explosion of the Information Society. Thus, since 1994, IGADI has had its own website for monitoring and analysing our main thematic and geographical lines of research, collaborating with institutions, the media, companies, NGOs...In addition, our physical publications promoted a theoretical framework in Galician for international relations as a discipline, specifically around Galician paradiplomacy. Tempo Exterior stands out as IGADI’s academic and biannual journal. Created in 1997 and re-founded in 2000, Tempo Exterior has a large Editorial and Scientific Board, linked to Galician and international universities. We also publish our annual reports, the IGADI Annual Report and Nós No Mundo, as well as the collection of monographs (International Textures) Texturas Internacionais and a series of extraordinary publications.Analysis and ResearchWe have the following historic research lines:1. Geopolitics, Security, Conflicts and Pacification2. International Cooperation and Agenda 20303. Paradiplomacy4. European Unión5. Economy6. Observatoryof Chinese Politics (OPCh)7. Galician Observatory of Lusophony (OGALUS)8. Diasporas ObservatoryThese lines allowed us to consolidate IGADI as a consistent and original space in the European context concerning its nature as a think tank and association of international studies. At the same time, the geographic specialisation in the Chinese and Asian world, the Portuguese-speaking world and Latin America have created a pluralistic knowledge community with highly diversified capacities and potential for projection on five continents.The analyses provided by IGADI aim to play a useful role in decision-making and represent an internationally recognised level of specialisation in preferred research topics. To this end, it pays special attention to the interaction with the academic and university world and beyond, participating and associating itself with institutions, companies, cultural and international cooperation agents...Projects and Management: IGADI's Matryoshka DollsIGADI’s history is characterised by the use of its capacities as a knowledge community to promote specific projects and initiatives, on different scales, in line with its founding objectives. We highlight some initiatives promoted in these 30 years:IGADI promoted the creation of the Galician Fund for Cooperation and Solidarity (1997). This association counts with the participation of more than one hundred Galician local administrations, which share their development cooperation actions. Since 2020, IGADI has ceased to exercise its secretariat, while maintaining a permanent line of collaboration.The creation and promotion of the Plácido Castro Foundation (2001), with the participation of the city councils of Cambados, Corcubión and Vilagarcía de Arousa, as well as the Galician Association of Translation and Interpreting Professionals (AGPTI), serves to vindicate the work and thought of a singular figure of historical Galicianism. The Foundation organises an Annual Conference and a Translation Prize, among other activities.The Observatory of Chinese Politics, OPCh (2005), is a project promoted by IGADI and supported by Casa Asia. Its objective is to permanently monitor political developments in the Chinese world, paying attention to its political and legal system, foreign policy, Taiwan, minority nationalities, human rights, and security and defence. IGADI also promotes and manages the Ibero-American Network of Sinology (RIBSI, Red Iberoamericana de Sinoloxía) in which more than twenty specialists from a dozen countries participate. The OPCh publishes the Annual Report on China Policy and organises the International Electronic Symposium on China Policy.The Galician Observatory of Lusophones, OGALUS (2009), emphasizes the language by promoting the analytical monitoring of the general current affairs of Lusophone countries, generating proposals for raising awareness and boosting Galician-Lusophone cooperation at all levels.Also initiatives other initiatives are part of the IGADI's history, such as the Bilateral Forums promoted by the Latin American countries of the Galician diaspora and initiators in the economic diplomacy of the Autonomy; the ORBALIA Network, formed by journalists interested in international information (in collaboration with the Professional Association of Journalists of Galicia); the Arredalia Network, formed by dozens of people who did internships at IGADI, or specific projects such as the gatherings The World From Here (O Mundo Desde Aquí) or the Expanded Cooperation project.Documentation and public diplomacyThe Centre for Contemporary International Information and Documentation (CIDIC, Centro de Información e Documentación Internacional Contemporánea) is the only one of its kind in Galicia. It has a newspaper library specialising in international relations, as well as a specialised historical archive on the internationalisation of Galicia. CIDIC is currently located in the City Council of Pontevedra, in the Centro Cívico Sur.From its position as a specialised and historical centre in the development of official Galician foreign action, the IGADI carries out a special, systematic and committed monitoring of official public policies for Galician foreign action.
  • Objectives and Instruments

    Our ObjectivesTo be a centre of independent global reference studies, for the analysis of international relations, with an accepted vocation to extend bridges between different continents and political and socio-cultural trends.To provide our community and followers with access to the monitoring, analysis and knowledge of the international reality through publications, materials, courses and other socio-cultural activities.To become a centre of reference on Galician studies in international relations connected to global society, based on the originality of our lines of research and our functional objectives, around a peaceful world in line with the founding principles of the United Nations and inclusive human development.To participate as an agent of Galician public diplomacy in concrete and systematic projects to develop a plural process for the internationalisation of Galicia, following the 2030 Agenda. To continue to be an influential entity in the definition, dynamisation and knowledge of Galicia's public policies for external action.Our InstrumentsOur consolidated research lines and networks in thematic areas such as: Geopolitics and securityParadiplomacy and external action of GaliciaInternational cooperation and related topics in international relations, as well as in geographic areas, such as Chinese, Latin American and Lusophone studies.The igadi.gal website and regular publications, including Tempo Exterior and the annual reports, like the IGADI Annual Report and Nós No Mundo, as well as special publications, such as the World Factual State Report 2011 or O Mundo Desde Aquí: The Covid-19 Pandemic.To carry out strategic research and projects following our founding mission, historical trajectory and main lines of research. All of these will connect Galicia with the global world, from the academic, journalistic and civil society worlds in their different spheres.The promotion of Galicia's external action, from the “know-how” of a mediating and knowledgeable space with thirty years of experience in building alliances linked to Galicia's interests in international society. Participation in the Galician External Action Council (CAEX) and other institutions offers us the possibility of systematic observation of our public policies or implies the need for systematic observation of our public policies.
  • Arquivo histórico