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. The IIA cooperates with the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Federation of Icelandic Industries, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers and the Icelandic Confederation of Labour. Furthermore, the IIA is actively involved in international cooperation and is for example a member of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and works closely with other institutes in the field of international relations in the Nordic and Baltic states. Over one hundred scholars with various types of expertise participate in the work of the IIA, CAPS and the CSSS, and the institute and research centres have ties to a number of foreign research bodies.