The Institute of International Relations (IIR) is an independent research organization linked with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The IIR conducts scholarly research, as well as analytical activities concerning international relations and Czech foreign and security policy. It organizes conferences, seminars, and round-table discussions of experts, academics, and political professionals on international relations, security, and development issues. Thus it represents a link between the academia and the political establishment. It strives to foster communication between the academic community and the government and helps to formulate recommendations for Czech foreign policy. The IIR publishes periodical journals, specialized publications, handbooks, and study papers. The IIR works on these with governmental institutions as well as with academic circles both at home and abroad. It cooperates closely with number of foreign institutions on various projects ranging from international relations policies formulations to security and development analyses.