Our Logos

OBSERVARE is a Latin verb used here as the abbreviation of the Observatory for External Relations. Its logo reminds us of ziggurats, temples with the form of a terraced step pyramid built in the ancient Mesopotamia valley for some millenniums BC. They were monuments where religious symbolism intertwined with the observation of extensive areas.

JANUS was a divinity of Indo-European origin with two faces pointing in opposite directions, and one of the oldest in Rome. He was the God of the origin of all things (month of January), of the transition between the past and the future, and the guardian of doors. He guards what is inside and outside, the left and the right, what is behind and what lies in front. Thus, he symbolises the versatility that is required when analysing international relations.