Miroslav Tudjman Scientific Excellence Award

presented by Zagreb Security Forum


Prof. Shlomo Shpiro Wins the 2022 Tudjman Scientific Excellence Award

Prof. Shlomo Shpiro, Director of the Europa Institute at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, was awarded the Tudjman Scientific Excellence Award for 2022.  The award was presented at a celebratory dinner during the 7th Zagreb Security Forum on 7th October 2022.  

Members of the Award Committee underlined Prof. Shpiro’s groundbreaking research in the fields of security, intelligence and communication, as exemplified by his recent work on terrorism crisis communication and on crisis management during the Corona pandemic. 

Prof. Shpiro is a pioneer of intelligence studies and serves as Chairman of the International Intelligence History Association.  He was also responsible for developing European terrorism crisis communication strategies adopted by authorities all over Europe.  

The Award committee especially appreciates the scientific contribution made to the Zagreb Security Forum by Prof. Shpiro from its beginning as an idea until today.

The Award was presented to Prof. Shpiro by Prof. Gordan Akrap, Chairman of the Award Committee, Prof. Giliam de Valk, winner of the previous year’s award, and by Prof. Ivo Lučić, who was, together with Prof. Akrap very close associate to late Prof. Tuđman.

Assist. Prof. Gordan Akrap and Prof. Dr. Shlomo Shpiro

Prof.dr. Ivo Lučić, Assist. Prof. Gordan Akrap, Dr. Giliam de Valk, Prof. Dr. Shlomo Shpiro




First Tudjman Scientific Excellence Award goes to Dr. Giliam de Valk

After detailed and careful consideration of several candidates, we decide, unanimously, that the first holder of the Tuđman Award for 2021 is Assistant Prof. Giliam G. de Valk from University of Leiden, Netherland. 

Dr. de Valk received Tuđman Award during the 6th Zagreb Security Forum, and we are very proud that Dr. de Valk is regular speaker at the Forums. His works, and papers present significant contribution of the science in perceiving real-time challenges at the strategic level in anticipating and managing modern and future crises, his contribution to security sciences, and the importance and practical effectiveness of its work.

Dr. Giliam de Valk and Assist. Prof. Gordan Akrap

Dr. Giliam de Valk and Assist. Prof. Gordan Akrap