The Institute for East European Studies, founded in 1951, is an interdisciplinary regional institute housed at the Freie Universität Berlin. Here on the Dahlem Campus, the Institute’s teaching, research, and advising reflect the dynamics of the numerous transformation processes currently underway in the eastern part of our continent. Eastern Europe is a heterogeneous, conflict-ridden, and – due to the expansion of the European Union – very important region full of issues and challenges. Berlin is the best place to study them. Berlin is not only a meetiing place for the cultures, peoples, and markets of East and West: as host to countless East European-focused institutions and initiatives, Berlin is also home to Germany's Eastern Europe expertise. The Institute for East European Studies plays an essential role in this context, with its programs and academic networks in Berlin and Brandenburg as well as in Eastern Europe.