Institute for Development and International Relations

The fundamental mission of the Institute is developing and disseminating theoretical, methodological and technical knowledge and skills required for scientific and professional interpretation and evaluation of contemporary international relations which affect various human activities and related developmental trends important for the Republic of Croatia in the wider regional, European and global context. More than fifty years of tradition of the Institute for Development and International Relations reflects various development dynamics and fluctuating international connections worldwide. The Institute’s research often preceded changes in the environment in which it operated. In its scientific and professional work the Institute focuses on various forms of interconnections between international relations and political, economic and socio-cultural development tendencies. Particular attention is dedicated to security and defence policies, where issues related to non-proliferation and disarmament play a prominent role. The Institute is a member of a wide range of international and regional academic networks and associations.

Contact information

Institute for Development and International Relations

Lj.F. Vukotinovićeva 2

10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Tel: +385 1 4877 476
Fax: +385 1 4828 361


Point of contact

Dr. Sandro Knezović

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Dr. Sandro Knezović
Senior Research Associate
Tel: +385 1 4877 476
Dr. Sandro Knezović is a Senior Research Associate at the Department for International Economic and Political Relations of the Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb (Croatia). His research focuses on IR topics, especially those related to international and European security and defense (CFSP/CSDP), the EU and NATO enlargement and their impact on the region of Southeast Europe. One of his specific field of interest is also non-proliferation and disarmament. He was the first Croatian visiting research fellow at the renowned EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and a visiting lecturer at several universities in Japan. He additionally enriched his knowledge and research capacity through various research fellowships in the United States, Norway, Turkey and other countries. He is a member of numerous international expert teams and research networks and has participated as a researcher in many international research projects (including EU Framework programs). He has published a number of research and professional papers related to the field of his expertise and to other related topics.
  • CFSP/CSDP of the EU
  • Global strategic relations
  • Emerging security threats
  • Disarmament and Non-proliferation
  • Defense and Security
Dr. Senada Šelo Šabić
Senior Research Associate
Tel: +385 1 4877 473
Dr. Senada Šelo Šabić is a Senior Research Associate and has over 15 years of research experience. She holds Ph.D. in political science from the European University Institute in Florence and has earned two Masters degrees – in international relations from the University of Zagreb and in peace studies the University of Notre Dame, USA. Senada Šelo Šabić is editor-in-chief of the Croatian International Relations Review and teaches in Croatia and abroad.
  • Securitization of Migration
  • Balkan Security
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • Post-conflict State Building
  • Peace Negotiations
  • United Nations Security Governance
Krševan Antun Dujmović
Tel: +385 1 4877 465
Krševan Antun Dujmović works at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) since 2006. He was involved in many EU information campaigns and EU funded projects at both IRMO and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs before and after Croatia’s accession to the EU. Dujmovic was involved in NATO related projects as a member of the Atlantic Council of Croatia and as a member of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders (AAYPL) based in Oslo. In 2014 he spent three months in Baku at the Center for Strategic Studies as a Research Fellow, doing research on role of Azerbaijan in Europe’s energy security. Fields of his interest include European integration and EU enlargement process, EU and NATO relations with Russia and non-proliferation, relations with Ukraine and South Caucasus, energy security, cyber security and digital society. He won his Masters’ degree at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb on the subject of relations between the Russian Federation and NATO after 1991, and is currently working on his Ph.D. thesis on Ukrainian conflict.
  • Transatlantic relations and European security
  • Strategic relations between US and Russia
  • Cyber Security
  • Energy Security