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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 a general discussion on subjects relating to international affairs.


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Research centres

The Institute of International Affairs was established in 1990 but was expanded and re-structured with the creation of the Centre for Small State Studies in 2001. The Centre for Arctic Studies was launched in March 2013 and Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre, the newest addition to the Institute of International Affairs was established in October 2016. The Institute and the Centres are supervised by a joint Steering Board. All four centres are housed within the University of Iceland’s School of Social Sciences but with close links to the School of Humanities.


Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre

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Centre for Small State Studies

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Centre for Arctic Studies

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The Institute of International Affairs 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.


Reykjavík Peace Days: Iceland's Voice in the International Arena?

In this podcast we discuss Iceland’s capability, as a small state, to take on a leadership role in the international arena. Does Iceland have a strong voice within the international society? How can we shape the discussion and lead actions to tackle gender-based violence, violence against children and promote sustainable …

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10 years on Reassessing the Stoltenberg Report

In this review, we revisit these thirteen proposals and ask: How important was the 2009 Stoltenberg Report for boosting Nordic foreign and security policy cooperation? What progress can we observe in the decade that has passed since the report was released?

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Er friðurinn úti?

An article written about The Imagine Forum and the peace days in Reykjavík 2020 that will take place in October, as in recent years, but this time they will take place entirely online, under the heading "Er friðurinn úti?"

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Reykjavík Peace Days: Children in Icelandic Conflict Zones

In this podcast we discuss the situation of children in Icelandic society, what resources are available for children living in insecurity, and for those who have endured violence or neglect. What effect has COVID-19 had on the safety of children in Iceland? How can people help?

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