Country: Lithuania Lithuania

Director: Prof. Ramūnas Vilpišauskas


Contact: IIRPS Information


The Institute of International Relations and Political Science is an academic institution specialising in social and political sciences, which holds a faculty status at Vilnius University. IIRPS has been present in the academic and political life of Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic region since its establishment in 1992. Interconnection with the government institutions and its wide range of acknowledged experts, modern teaching techniques concentrated on developing critical thinking, professionally carried out researches and carefully developed partnership with Universities and think tanks across the world give the Institute a status of noted academic institution and think tank.

IIRPS offers three-level study programmes: a BA programme in Political Science and six MA Master Programmes (International Relations and Diplomacy, European Studies, Comparative Politics, Public Policy Analysis, Politics and Media, Eastern European and Russian Studies, the latter delivered in English), as well as full time and external PhD studies.

Relevance of research problems, originality of solutions and interdisciplinarity are the main principles of IIRPS research. The main research themes include:

  • Challenges to Democracy in Post-Communist World;
  • Changes in International Politics, Research methods and Lithuanian Foreign Policy Political Transformations in Eastern Europe;
  • Development of EU after Lisbon;
  • Public Policy Process and Development of Public Administration after the EU Enlargement.

The Institute is proud to have gathered together a number of prominent experts on national, European and international politics who are renowned for their competent and original public commentaries, expert knowledge and professional experience. The experts conduct both critical analysis of contemporary social science issues, political philosophy, international relations, and policy oriented research. They have contributed extensively to the analysis of Lithuania’s accession into the EU and NATO and its role in these organisations and other international structures, country’s relationships with its neighbours in the region, including Nordic-Baltic countries, Poland, as well as Eastern partners. IIRPS took an active part in Lithuania’s 2013 EU Presidency process.

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