About Us

Sharing Ideas, Shaping Policy

The Institute of International and European Affairs is Ireland’s leading think tank on European and International affairs. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. Its aim is to provide a forum for those with an interest in strategic planning in Irish Foreign and EU policy, and to evaluate and disseminate strategic policy options in these areas.

Its extensive research and events programmes provide members with policy insights, analysis and context to help shape vital decisions about Ireland’s strategic direction, policies and future. The IIEA’s role is to identify key European and international trends and priorities, which will inform the work of Ireland’s decision makers and business leaders, and enrich the public debate on Ireland’s role in the EU and on the global stage.

The IIEA’s unique convening power places the Institute at the centre of thought leadership in Ireland. The Institute brings together an extensive network of key players to share knowledge and insight from varied points of view. The IIEA’s reputation for independence and public policy expertise attracts the highest-level speakers, decision makers, and thought leaders at national, EU and global level.

With over 100 speaker events per year the Institute’s complementary research and event programmes equip members with a comprehensive understanding of the debates that will define national, EU and international policy.


  • The Institute is committed to excellence in its research, to an integrated approach across different policy areas and to timely analysis of emerging issues in EU and international affairs.
  • The Institute is determined to provide members with stimulating engagement with thought-leaders and with a platform for the respectful exchange of diverse opinions and ideas.
  • The Institute is committed to transparency in its funding and governance.
  • The Institute is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality, and providing its staff with a welcoming and enjoyable place to work.