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"Nor is free enterprise capitalism a free-for-all. This is not always fully understood in countries which are trying to make the difficult transition from socialism to capitalism. A properly functioning market economy must always be governed by clear rules of competition and there must be effective safeguards for investors. Capitalism cannot, in fact, operate without a strong administration to police the laws that provide its framework. And it cannot succeed without honesty. Racketeers, blackmarketeers and smugglers are not entrepreneurs - they are just plain criminals.  Corruption and gangsterism are scourges which afflict many newly developing economies and states. They should be ruthlessly and fearlessly expunged. Otherwise not just the free market but freedom itself is in peril. " Lady Thatcher, Speech Delivered in Zagreb, Croatia, Sept. 16, 1998



The Adriatic Institute for Public Policy (AI) is an independent free market think tank founded in 2004 in Srdoci, Rijeka, Croatia and dedicated to strengthening the rule of law and advancing economic freedom through advocating market reforms in Croatia and southeast Europe.  AI promotes innovative thinking and advancing principled and pro-growth solutions that have been successfully implemented in eastern Europe's post-communist countries.  The organization with its engaged advisors and research fellows has dedicated its resources to sponsor research, conferences and strategic events that augment the competition of ideas by featuring experts in the fields ranging from economics to security.

The free market think tank emphasizes the importance of free market principles based on the rule of law, an independent judiciary, protection of property rights, economic freedom and limited government.  It does not seek or receive any government funding.

AI organizes the annual International Leaders Summit on Economic Growth (ILS) - a collaborative endeavor with leading think tanks and free market leaders, the strategic ILS Economic Roundtable events in Belgrade, Brussels, Ljubljana, Prague, Warsaw, Washington, DC, and Zagreb and the Libertas Debate Series.  The annual ILS events have taken place in The European Parliament in Brussels, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Zagreb, Croatia. 

The Leadership Board, Executive Advisory Board and Research Fellows of the Adriatic Institute are comprised of world renowned and leading economists, business leaders and free market reformers from Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and South America and includes Honorable Edwin Meese III, John Blundell, Dr. Andrei Illarionov, Monica Macovei, Maurice McTigue, Ivan Miklos, Dr. Alvin Rabushka, Dr. Daniel Mitchell and other distinguished leaders. 

In a statement of support and endorsement for Croatia's independent think tank, the Adriatic Institute for Public Policy

"Croatia can benefit from the exposure to the fresh air of free market thinking and the experience of other formerly communist states."
Dr. Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate, Economics