Nigerian Institute of International Affairs was established in 1961,
with the aim of providing a nursery of ideas on what direction
Nigeria should take on international affairs. Since inception, the
Institute has been organising Conferences, Roundtables and Lectures.
These are aimed at addressing current foreign policy issues and
anticipating others still on the horizon.
Institute is a specialised instrument of foreign policy formulation
in Nigeria. It serves as an intellectual base upon which
decision-makers rely for informed opinion and expert advice in order
to make rational choices between contending policy options.
The Structure of the NIIA
administration of the Institute is organized at two levels:
Governing Council, which comprises eminent Nigerians from the
Management Committee is chaired by the Director-General with
the Directors of Research, Library, and Administration as members.
three statutory departments: Research and Studies,
Library and Documentation and Administration and Finance.
Research and Studies Department
is the hub
of the scientific study and analysis of international affairs. The
academic staff of the department are designated as Research Fellows
specialised in various fields of International Relations. There are
five divisions, namely, International Politics,
International Economic Relations, International Law and
Organization, Security and Strategic Studies, and Cooperation
and Integration in Africa. Each division is chaired by a
and Documentation Services Department
resource centre of the Institute. It is supervised by a Director,
who is a professional librarian, and supported by other technical
staff. Over the years the Institute has established a library whose
information resources have become a significant national asset,
serving not only the needs of researchers of the Institute but also
of other scholars and students from all parts of the world. It has a
collection of over 700,000 volumes in international relations. It
is also a depository of documents, publications and treaties of the
Federal Government of Nigeria, the Economic Community of West
African States, the African Union, and the United Nations and its
and Finance Department oversees the administration and financial
matters of the Institute.