The Act of 1971 (CAP.311) establishing the Institute states its
objectives as follows:
(a) To encourage and facilitate the understanding of
international affairs and of the circumstances, conditions and
attitudes of foreign countries and their peoples.
(b) To provide and maintain means of information upon
international questions and promote the study and investigation of
international questions by means of conferences, lectures and
discussions, and by the preparation and publication of books,
reports, or otherwise as may seem desirable so as to develop a body
of informed opinions on world affairs.
(c) To establish contacts with other organizations with
To achieve these objectives, the Institute is charged with promoting
the scientific study of international politics, economics and
The Institute shall also:
(a) provide such information
to the Government of the Federation and members of the public as
respects matters concerning international affairs;
(b) provide facilities for
the training of Nigerian diplomats and personnel and those of other
countries whose vocations relate to international affairs;
(c) promote and encourage the
study of and research into all aspects of international affairs.
(d) from time to time arrange
international seminars and conferences on any matter relating to its
(e) promote and undertake
such other things and to carry out such other activities as may in
the opinion of the Institute be deemed necessary for the attainment
of the objects of the Institute.