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Royal Institute for International Relations (IRRI-KIIB) 2005f
69 rue de Namur Brussels B-1000, Belgium
tel:32-2 223 4114 fax:32-2 223 4116

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1947.

General Description: IRRI-KIIB, working in close cooperation with the Belgian Foreign Service, has three fundamental missions. First, as a study center for the Belgian Foreign Service, IRRI-KIIB carries out research in a number of priority fields for Belgian diplomacy. The two main research themes cover European integration and security and global governance. These themes are developed by particular study departments in IRRI-KIIB. Other subjects, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, dialogue between civilizations, and the Forum on Economic Diplomacy, are undertaken by working groups separate from the study departments. Second, as a forum for lectures, debates, and seminars, IRRI-KIIB is a meeting place that encourages the sharing of ideas and opinions and acts an interface between diplomatic circles and civil society, thereby promoting a deeper understanding of foreign policy and international issues. Third, as a diplomatic academy, IRRI-KIIB offers a range of specific training courses to Belgian and foreign diplomats and other officials working in international affairs.

Annual Budget: USD 1.2 million (2003)

Staff: 14 (6 research, 8 administrative/support), 1 visiting

Executive Officers:
Mr. DAVIGNON, Viscount Etienne (President)
Mr. GRAULS, Jan (Vice President)
Mr. MISSON, Claude (Director General)

Public Relations:
Mrs. CRUYSMANS, Marina (Director General)

(As of November, 2004)

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