Mission Statement of the Austrian Institute for International Affairs - oiip

“oiip – Austria‘s Leading Institute in International Relations”

The oiip – Austrian Institute for International Affairs is an independent research institute founded in 1978 and committed to fundamental research in the field of international politics. The oiip is Austria’s leading institute on international politics and positions itself at the juncture between academic and policy oriented research. Besides international academic publishing, the Institute’s researchers are engaged in teaching, policy consultancy and public awareness raising. The oiip is part of various international research networks and collaborations.

The oiip’s researchers keep track of emerging trends and developments and actively participate in relevant academic debates. They are fully independent in their research and associated activities.  They offer Austrian and European stakeholders, public authorities, businesses and society at large applicable recommendations and policy options.

The oiip constitutes a meeting point and a venue for critical thinking and international and interdisciplinary debates and exchanges. As such, the Institute’s work contributes to  Austria’s internationalisation.

We work to enhance an informed and unbiased view of world politics. Diversity and gender equality are our core assets, which we work to promote. The Institute is also committed to the best possible career development of its staff members. Respect, openness, and transparency guide our communications and interactions within the Institute as well as our encounters with others.

The oiip’s activities and output include:

  1. Research and the dissemination of research results
    We implement research projects, prepare scientific reports and publications, Working Papers providing an in-depth analysis of relevant topics, Issue Briefs, Policy Briefs including to the point recommendations as well as Input Papers. Our objective is to prepare and convey our research results most effectively to the broadest possible audience.
  2. Consultancy and networking 
    We offer research-based consultancy and briefings to decision-makers in governmental as well as non-governmental organizations, provide for a result-oriented exchange and transfer of knowledge and ideas within the framework of networks, stakeholder-fora and incubator rooms. Our experts respond to media inquiries and offer relevant background information and analysis.
  3. Event and Activities
    We prepare and hold targeted and tailored events and activities, including conferences, panel discussions, round tables, workshops, seminars, and lectures. Respective reports, summaries, and proceedings serve to disseminate relevant outcomes and findings.


Key Research Areas of the oiip


1. International Security

Our research focuses on how and by whom security, insecurity, and risks are defined and negotiated, which values are at stake, as well as on the question of who or what needs to be secured. Drawing on critical approaches in security studies, we explore and analyse security policies, institutions, practices, and discourses.

Countries and regions:
Austria, EU, USA, Iran, Turkey, and the Middle East


  •  Nuclear non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament
  • International security regimes and institutions
  • The privatisation of securtiy
  • Gender and security


2. The Transformation of Statehood

States are an integral part of a complex system of global governance. At the same time, non-state actors are playing an increasingly important role at different levels. Our research investigates the associated transformations of the character and functioning of the modern state and statehood, particularly in the global periphery, and the significant effects of these processes and changing relations on international politics.

Countries and regions:
EU, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East


  • The transformation of democracy
  • The rise of neo-authoritarian systems
  • Neoliberal interventions and their effects on state and statehood
  • Social movements and civil society actors  


3. Europe and its Neighbourhood

Europe and its neighbourhood are in a process of profound transformations. Internally and externally, the European Union is changing in terms of institutional and normative power. Against this background, we examine the relationship of the EU with its neighbouring as well as candidate countries with a particular focus on the emergence of alternative normative orders.

Countries and regions:
EU, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East


  • European Neighbourhood Policy
  • Cultural norms and international politics
  • The foreign and security policies of Turkey, the Balkan and MENA region states
  • Border politics


4. Conflict and Political Violence

Violent conflicts and radical, extremist, and terrorist movements are considered as global challenges to peace and security. Our research includes the study of new concepts and theoretical approaches to these processes as well as the inquiry into what lies behind the radicalisation of individuals, changes in the techniques, objectives, and the logic of terrorist organisations.

Countries and regions:
Austria, Germany, Western Europe, USA, Central Asia, Africa, Southeast Asia, Middle East


  • Processes of political radicalisation
  • Terrorism and anti-terrorism policies
  • Militarism and militarisation


5. International Technology- and Innovation Strategies

Globalisation and growing competition have added to the saliency of science, technology and innovation (STI) policy as a field where socio-technical developments are anticipated, conceptualized, and designed. In our research, we focus on strategies and dynamics of internationalisation, on the societal challenges and risks of emerging technologies, and their governance from a comparative perspective.

Countries and regions:
Austria, EU, USA, Russia, Israel, Iran, Middle East


  • Relations between innovation and politics
  • The internationalisation of science
  • Technology and innovation policies
  • Socio-technical vision and discourses and their impact STI policies