Identity & History

Abrar Moaser Tehran International Studies and Research Institute (TISRI) was established in 2000 by a group of experts of international and regional issues under registration No. 12843 after obtaining relevant permission of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The Institute’s publishing house was inaugurated in the second quarter of 2001 (under registration No. 5/4878).

As an independent institute, TISRI, achieved its deserved status among Iran’s research and scientific community in less than a year and is now a pioneer in the field. Establishment of the first nongovernmental council of foreign relations as well as the launch of the first specialized digital library in Iran, were two most important innovations introduced by the Institute.
The nongovernment council of foreign relations aimed to be the first national association of graduates, experts and scholars in related fields of international relations and political science. Its activities started with the implementation of research projects for TISRI which, inter alia, included “strategic assessment of target countries,” “analytic and news reports,” “selected book of global developments,” as well as case studies. The Council then became a department of TISRI with more than 80 experts as members. The Council consists of four divisions, including the “the academic board,” “experts assembly,” “meetings and conferences bureau,” and “Iran Review quarterly.”
The academic board was responsible for defining research projects, giving opinion on plans and goals of the Institute, carrying out basic researches, conducting strategic assessment of developments and trends, and taking part in the management of conferences and seminars. The assembly of experts was missioned to implement research projects, help with articles and reports, and take part in domestic and foreign conferences of interest to the Institute to present theories and proposals on international and regional developments as well as bilateral issues of interest to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The assembly consisted of 10 specialized committees as follows:
1. Security and international issues committee including terrorism, nuclear issues, United Nations and Security Council, NATO, Islamism, weapons, international security, theories (security & strategic), geopolitics and strategic studies research groups;
2. Neighboring countries committee consisting of the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Persian Gulf research groups;
3. CIS countries committee encompassing Russia, Azerbaijan, Caucasus, Central Asia and Caspian Sea research groups;
4. Middle East and North Africa committee consisting of the Middle East peace, Palestine, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and North Africa research groups;
5. Legal committee comprising human rights and international law research groups;
6. International institutions and issues committee comprising energy, ICT, media and international economy (WTO, IMF, WB) research groups;
7. Europe committee consisting of UK, and EU research groups;
8. Americas committee including the United States research groups;
9. Public affairs committee consisting of China, India, and Black Africa research groups; and
10.  Cultural and ethnic issues committee comprising cultural issues, Pan-Turkism, Pan-Kurdism, Pan-Arabism, and separatist groups research groups.
Several years after the launch of the nongovernment council of foreign relations, TISRI decided to take indirect and occasional advantage of its expert capacity to carry out projects and organize meetings and delete it from the list of its main departments. Thenceforth, the Institute has relied on the capacities of resident experts and researchers helped by the Council’s scholars to carry out its intended researches and studies on such areas of interest as politics, international relations and security sorted by countries. The results have been made available to the Iranian academics and executive officials.