Research at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs looks at foreign policy, defence and security, democracy and development, governance, and globalization and information society.

Multidisciplinary geographic and thematic expertise, and clear societal relevance characterise UI research. The focus is on issues of importance for Sweden and for the Swedish foreign and security policy debate.

The very high scientific quality of our research forms the basis for its societal relevance. UI researchers successfully publish in scientific outlets and receive external funding.

Maintaining quality and relevance requires continuous development and cooperation with researchers and analysts at other institutes, universities and colleges, as well as with organisations, decision-makers, authorities and businesses - in Sweden and internationally.

Our geographic focus is on Europe, East Asia, Russia, Global Politics and Governance and Peace and Conflict studies. Geographic research programmes enable development of long-term empirical, cultural, and linguistic competencies.

Through a number of overarching themes we simultaneously develop expertise on specific issues of interest, processes and problems with relevance to various parts of the world. We also have projects that span several continents and themes, such as internet and democracy, and security and development.

Our researchers regularly comment on current affairs in media, hold public lectures, and write op-eds and expert opinions for UI and other media channels. Most UI research is published internationally. In-house publications include UI Papers and UI Briefs.  


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Joint IR Seminar Series

Organised by UI together with Stockholm University and the National Defence College, the joint IR seminar series constitute a forum for constructive feedback during an ongoing research project.