About Us

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.


Research Centres

The Centre for Small State Studes, the Centre for Arctic Studies and Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre are all run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.


Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre

See more

Centre for Small State Studies

See more

Centre for Arctic Studies

See more


The IIA aspires to serve both academic and professional needs and stimulate a general discussion on subjects relating to international affairs. To this end, the Institute plans and carries out a variety of different projects, conducts research on various subjects and hosts conferences, seminars, and lectures concerning international affairs. It offers various services to both the private and public sector.


Brexit, the EEA and debunking myths about the Norway model

John Erik Fossum and Hans Petter Graver, ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo

Project: PELEEA

Download document
Ófriðurinn heima

An article by Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka Executive Director of UN Women in relation to Peace Days in Reykjavík

Download document
International Law and Small States

This course is designed to introduce postgraduate students to the study of small states and international law.

Project: TCDA

Download document
A Small State Seeking Shelter: Iceland’s Search For Shelter

Baldur Thorhallsson - University of Iceland

Presented at the conference: ‘Small States and the Changing Global Order: New Zealand Faces the Future’ at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 3-4 June 2017

Download document
Ríkir friður á Íslandi?

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, professor of International Affairs writes an article in relations to Reykjavík Peace Days

Download document
Getur Ísland orðið leiðandi í mannréttindamálum?

Baldur Þórhallsson, Professor in Political Science at the University of Iceland

Download document
Keeping the Peace?

An article by Brynja Huld Óskarsdóttir, ACONA fellow

Download document
The Effects of COVID-19 on Peace

An article by Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland og Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík on International Day of Peace (in Icelandic)

Download document