About us

The Institute of International Relations (IIR) is the cluster of international studies in Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), which ranks among the 25 China Top Think Tanks. SASSis also the second biggest academic organization and comprehensive research center in the fields of philosophy and social sciences in China.

IIRfocuses on international relations theory, diplomatic strategy and regional study ranging from Asia-Pacific and Europe to Central Asia and Indian Ocean Rim. The Institute has been striving to enhance theoretical studies and decision-making consultation ability, as well as to inform the interested public.

IIR has four research departments, including that of International Relations Theory and China’s Diplomatic Strategy, Asia-Pacific Studies, Europe, Russia and Central Asia Studies, Indian Ocean Rim Studies, with an administrative office to support academic work and the editorial office of The Journal of International Relations. It also has several research centers.

IIR offers a doctoral program in International Political Economy (IPE), in collaboration with the Institute of World Economics Studies, SASS. It offers three master’s programs in World History, International Relations and Diplomacy.

IIR has a long history and prestige. It was reorganized in 2015 on the basis of Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies founded in 1985 by Dr. Wang Daohan, former mayor of Shanghai and several institutes of international studies affiliated to SASS. Prof. Wu Jianmin, former Chinese ambassador to France, and Professor Wang Ronghua, former Vice Chairman of Shanghai People’s Political Consultative Conference and President of SASS, served as Chairmen of Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies succeeding Dr. Wang Daohan.

Prof.Wang Jian is the current director of IIR. Prof. Yu Jianhua and Li Kaisheng serve as deputy directors.  


Contact information

Address: 7/ 622 Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai, 200020.

Tel: (021) 53068384

Fax: (021) 53068384

E-mail: iir@sass.org.cn

Website: http://iir.sass.org.cn


An introduction to the research departments


The Department of International Relations Theory and China's Diplomatic Strategy focuses on the latest development of international relations theory and China's diplomatic strategy. Its main research fields involve global governance, international law, immigration issues (including the overseas Chinese), cultural diplomacy, urban diplomacy as well as China’s foreign relations. The department has 3 senior research professors, 3 associate research professors and 6 assistant research professors, including:

    Director: Li Kaisheng

    Deputy directors: Wang Shuming, Tang Wei

    Members: Wang Jian, Wu Qianjin, Luo Ailing, Luo Hui, Zhao Guojun, Wang Chengzhi, Ke Jing, Ye Chengcheng, Ma Xiaoxiao.


The Department of Asia-Pacific Studies focuses on the Asia-Pacific region, addressing regional cooperation and the maritime issues. Its main research fields include the United States, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, ASEAN, APEC, maritime security and governance, etc. The department has 2 senior research professors, 2 associate research professors and 6 assistant research professors, including:

Director: Liu Aming

Deputy directors: Hu Zhiyong, Wu Qisheng

Members: Tang Huiyun, Shu Bi Quan, Cui Rongwei, Hao Qunhuan, Zhang Qun, Wang Mengxue, Chen Yong.


The Department of Europe, Russia and Central Asia focuses on the Europe, Russia, and Central Asian countries. Its main research fields cover regional governance and regional cooperation, NATO, EU, the European powers, Russia, and Central Asian countries in terms of politics, economy, security and diplomacy. The department has 2 senior research professors, 2 associate research professors and 5 assistant research professors, including.

     Director: Cui Hongwei

     Deputy directors: Zhang Ming, Gu Wei

     Members: Li Lifan, Dai Yichen, Lian Xiaomin, Yan Xiaoxiao, Hu Liyan, Wang Zikui


The Department of Indian Ocean Rim Studies focuses on the contemporary political, security and economic development across the India Ocean Rim region, covering South Asia, Middle East, East Africa and South Africa, and India and other related countries. Its main research fields involve anti-terrorism, Middle East, South Asia, UN and Africa. The department has 2 senior research professors, 4 associate research professors and 3 assistant research professors.

Director: Yu Jianhua

Deputy director: Zhao Jianming

Members: Fu Yong, Yu Weidong, Sun Xia, Li Yincai, Liu Jinqian, Wu Zelin, Zhang Yinan


Editorial Office of The Journal ofInternational Relations

Director of the Editorial Board: Wang Jian

Deputy directors: Yu Jianhua , Li Kaisheng, Fu Yong

Editor in chief: Yu Jianhua

Editorial director: Fu Yong

Editors: Zhang Guangyong, Li Baolin


Administrative Office

Director: Yao Qin

Staff: Gu Huimin, Li Ying, Li Danfeng