Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques

Strategic watch is the detection of weak signals and roots for change and heavy transformations. It represents a competitive advantage for institutions that practice it.

Strategic Watch is one of the IRES’ two essential missions. It is especially concerned with collecting and processing information and data made public in the political, economic and social fields, whether nationally or internationally and this, in order to provide relevant and reliable information essential for decision making.

The adopted approach in building a strategic watch system is based on:

  • A diagnosis of the situation and compounding factors for each system or sub-system constituting the areas of strategic watch (AWS), with the identification of relevant indicators.
  • A strategic foresight to assess potential risks and opportunities that arise in the medium and long term.
  • An operational foresight aimed to identify possible and lasting solutions for structural problems arising immediately or in the short term.

Strategic watch at IRES evolved, during the first semester of 2015, towards a new type of watch, being: an advanced watch with is a systemic and dynamic watch.