OBSERVARE is a Latin verb used here as an abbreviation for Observatory of Foreign Relations. The logo recalls the ziggurats, which were a sort of pyramid-shaped temples that existed in ancient Mesopotamia several millennia B.C. They were monuments where religious symbolism merged with the observation of wide open spaces.


JANUS is a deity with two opposing faces of Indo-European origin, and one of the oldest in Rome. As the god of beginnings (January) and of the transitions between past and future, and as a gatekeeper, it watches both what is inside and outside, left and right, and what is in the front and in the back. It thus symbolizes the versatility needed in the analysis of international relations.