Director and EPIN Liason Officer: Pia Hansson
The role of the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) is to provide education, promote research, and carry out service projects in the field of international relations. It aspires to serve both academic and professional needs and stimulate general discussion on subjects relating to international affairs. To this end, the institute plans and carries out research on various subjects and hosts conferences, seminars, and lectures concerning international affairs. It offers various services to both the private and public sector, conducting surveys, writing reports, and carrying out research on a range of topics. It publishes books and papers on international relations and Icelandic foreign affairs. International cooperation and interdisciplinary discussions are important factors in the work of the IIA. Over one hundred scholars with various types of expertise participate in the work of the IIA, CAPS and the CSSS, and the institutes have ties to a number of foreign research bodies. The IIA is a forum for dialogue between the academic community, the private sector, and public service in the area of international relations.
The Centre for Small State Studies (CSSS) aims to encourage research and education on the subject of small states. It has established itself as one of the most important research centres focusing on this theme. CSSS has received several grants from the European Union, the Nordic Council, and the Nordic-Baltic Council. It has also received support from both private and public enterprises in Iceland. Since the year 2003, the Centre for Small State Studies has run an annual summer school on Small States and European Integration. The course runs for two weeks and is open to both Icelandic and international students. The summer school is a joint project of several universities in Europe and is sponsored by the EU´s Erasmus program. The centre runs two reviewed publications series offering occasional papers as well as working papers, available in print and online. The centre has also published books on various related topics. The CSSS organizes seminars and lectures in Iceland and at international conferences.