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The CASI project

Coordinated analysis for strategic internationalisation

CASI – Coordinated Assessment for Strategic Internationalisation – is a project for joint analysis of the conditions for international academic cooperation in a geopolitically changing world. Project is jointly run by Lund University, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Gothenburg, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.

The starting point is that changes in the world around us have made international academic collaboration more complex.

Factors that have contributed to increased complexity are:

  • geopolitical changes,
  • security policy conflicts,
  • decline of democracy, and
  • reduced scope for academic freedom.

Institutions of higher education need a solid basis to manage changes and to make strategic decisions regarding international collaborations. Risk assessment needs to be strengthened, exit strategies designed and security awareness increased.

By exchanging knowledge and experience, using each other's competences, and coordinating external monitoring and analysis, the idea is that CASI can streamline and ensure the quality of international work. The idea is also to create a better opportunity for rapid information sharing and analysis in the acute stages of events.

What does CASI do?

Since 2020, the CASI project has developed a framework with a checklist to identify various challenges and risks in connection with international collaborations. Expertise and existing processes have been mapped, benchmarking in relation to other countries and universities has been carried out, and workshops around various case studies have been designed.

The CASI project has also conducted webinars in 2022 open to all higher education institutions in Sweden, one on prerequisites for academic cooperation with Russia and one on cooperation with East Africa.

Upcoming webinar

How are research activities and international collaborations affected by export control rules, sanctions and risk of dual use?

Time: 9 February at 12:00-13:00

Export of sensitive products, software or technology that may have civil and military applications (PDA) as well as military equipment is governed by specific laws and regulations. Even if a product does not require a license, sanctions against certain countries may prevent such transfer. What research, technology and knowledge are covered by these rules and what counts as export? What other permit requirements are there that may be relevant? How are Swedish universities and individual researchers affected by these issues and what impact do they have on research activities and international academic collaborations?


  • Simret Goitom, Head, Department for Dual-Use Products, Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP)
  • Håkan Eriksson, Head, Department for Military Equipment, Inspectorate for Strategic Products (ISP)
  • Fredrik Karlsson, Export Control Officer & Research Ethics Advisor, KTH
  • Hanna Gustavsson, Security Coordinator, Stockholm University

Moderator: Linn Gabrielsson, Project Leader, University of Gothenburg

Link to more information and registration

Information about upcoming webinars will be disseminated through the colleges and universities' network for strategic internationalisation (UNSI/HÖNSI).