Tehran International Studies and Research Institute was established in 2000 by a group of scholars and experts in international and regional issues through a permit by Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance under registration number 12843. The Institute’s publication arm was also inaugurated in early 2001 under registration number 4878/5.
As an independent institute, Tehran International Studies and Research Institute managed in less than a year to establish its status and position within the Iranian research and scientific community. Today, it is one of the pioneer institutes in this field. One of the most important innovations introduced by Tehran International Studies and Research Institute is to establish the first nongovernmental council on foreign relations as well as launching the first specialized digital library in Iran.
The nongovernmental council on foreign relations has been established with the goal of being the first venue for graduates, experts and scholars in the fields of international relations and political science and other related areas. Among the early activities defined for the council was undertaking research projects commissioned by Tehran International Studies and Research Institute such as “strategic estimate of target countries,” “analytical – news reports,” “a selection of global developments,” as well as some case studies.
Up to the present time, the Institute has been endeavoring to carry out researches and studies on politics, international relations and security issues with regards to countries or important international topics by taking advantage of resident researchers and scholars as well as through the assistance of non-resident experts. The result of their work is then made available to other experts as well as executive bodies across the country.
1. To facilitate transfer of the viewpoints and attitudes of Iranian experts and specialists to foreign centers and organizations;
2. Facilitating collection, analysis and assessment of data related to international and regional issues as well as world countries;
3. Helping with the formulation of Iran's national security strategy in the area of foreign policy;
4. Influencing foreign policy trends in bilateral and international relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran;
5. Influencing foreign policy trends in bilateral and international relations of target countries;
6. Establishing contacts with creditable international research centers and institutes;
7. Implementing research projects on issues that help the national interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran with due emphasis on cultural interaction among nations and civilizations.
Fields of activity
1. Strategic issues
2. National and international security
3. International relations and political science
4. Regional and country studies
5. Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign relations and policy
6. Political and international economy
1. Design and formulation of research projects
2. Taking part in holding specialized, scientific and research courses
3. Implementation of joint research projects with foreign universities and international research centers
4. Holding meetings and gatherings as well as national and international conferences
5. Publication of periodicals
6. Publishing books, bulletins, reports and so forth
7. Collection, optimization and electronic storage of information
Tehran International Studies and Research Institute consists of a research department as well as an executive department. The research department is in charge of all written and digital publications of the Institute (DID Library). The executive department is in charge of administration, finance and support as well as activities related to the Institute’s computer network and commercial affairs of the Institute’s products.
Research Department: The research department is the biggest administrative and expert section of the Institute with four managerial subsidiaries, and employs 20 experts and other employees of the Institute on a fulltime basis. The subsidiaries of this department include:
- Publications Department: This bureau is in charge of going over all kinds of written texts prepared at the Institute, including translated and written works that are put on the list of the Institute’s products. Following multiple stages of typesetting, galley proof reading, editing, final correction, layout, and cover design, the products are made ready for publication.
- Communications Department: Major tasks entrusted to this bureau include identification of creditable international research and study centers active in specialized fields similar to Tehran International Studies and Research Institute in various parts of the world; establishing contacts with those centers in order to asses their viewpoints about issues related to the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as for scientific and research cooperation; introducing Tehran International Studies and Research Institute to domestic and foreign scientific and research centers; facilitating transfer of the viewpoints and attitudes of Iranian experts and specialists to foreign centers and organizations; publishing the news bulletin; and finally management of the Institute’s website.
- DID digital library: Major duties of this bureau include preparing abstracts, table of contents and indexes for articles and other documents; answering to applications, including for membership and information; preparing information profiles of members and sending updated information to them (selected dissemination of information); procurement of information needed for DID digital library by subscribing to digital and non-digital sources; handpicking information sources; enriching library sources; and search for new information.
- Administration: The administration and executive bureau is tasked with supervision and coordination of all executive affairs of the Institute. This bureau is made up of five subsidiaries including administration, commerce, support, finance and network offices.