Institute of International and European Affairs

Country: Ireland Ireland

Director General: Barry Andrews


Contact: IIEA Reception


The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) was founded in 1991 and is Ireland’s leading think tank on European and international affairs. Its extensive research programme aims to provide IIEA members with high-level analysis and forecasts of the challenges on the global and EU policy agendas. It acts as a catalyst for new thinking, new solutions and policy options. IIEA provides a forum for dialogue between its members on EU and international developments and their implications for Ireland and Europe. The aim of IIEA is to evaluate and foster debate on strategic policy options, to exchange views across sectoral, occupational and professional boundaries, and so to add a new dimension to the development of national policy. IIEA directs its information and analysis towards policymakers in government, business, industry, the civil service, the diplomatic corps, the legal professions, social and voluntary organisations, trade unions, the media and academia.

The research work of IIEA is organised in thematic working groups. Flagship groups include: the Future of Europe; Economics and Finance; Economic Governance, Economists, Energy Policy, Enlargement, ENP, Development Policy, Banking Union, Euro crisis, Digital Future; Justice and Home Affairs; Climate and Environment; Foreign Policy, Security and Defence Policy; Wider Europe; Balkans group, country specific groups on China, France, Germany, the UK and the US. The groups meet frequently and generate a wide range of publications including reports, books, occasional papers, newsletters, briefing notes, and pamphlets, all of which are made available online.

IIEA holds more than 100 events per year at which thought leaders outline their vision of key issues that affect European citizens. This extensive programme of events includes keynote addresses, conferences, seminars, confidential briefings, and roundtable discussions.

In addition to its high-calibre events schedule, the IIEA has an innovative website combining video and audio recordings of events with blogs, publications, infographics, animations, and short video interviews. It has users across all EU member states.

In addition to the work programme undertaken in Ireland, the IIEA has an active branch in Brussels which acts as a network for Irish professionals and policy-makers in the EU and which develops its own initiatives.

In 2012, IIEA hosted a Pre-Presidency Conference in Dublin Castle in conjunction with TEPSA. Attended by over 400 delegates, and including four Senior Government Ministers amongst speakers, the conference focused on Ireland’s Presidency Priorities, the Future of the Union, the digital/energy interface, economic governance and EMU, and EU Foreign Policy.

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