Irish Studies in International Affairs has been published since 1977 as the leading Irish-based journal in the discipline, with an increasing international reputation and circulation. Each issue includes invited contributions drawing on presentations to the previous year's RIA Committee for International Affairs conference; original articles submitted around the theme of the conference or related to Irish foreign policy defined in its widest sense; and annual reviews of Irish diplomacy and Ireland's official development assistance programme. The journal's editorial approach is not constrained by any particular methodological or theoretical framework, and articles on a wide range of issues are welcome. Past themed issues include Ireland's membership of the UN; the 'War on Terrorism'; and the rise of Asia in international affairs.
The Royal Irish Academy, the academy for the sciences and humanities for the whole of Ireland will vigorously promote excellence in scholarship, recognise achievements in learning, direct research programmes and undertake its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. It will reflect upon, advise on and contribute to public debate and public policy formation on issues of major interest in science, technology and culture. It will continue to offer an independent forum to Irish scholars, it will provide a network of support for scholarly disciplines through its network of national committees and commissions, it will maintain and enhance its unique library, it will publish scholarly papers and it will represent the world of Irish learning internationally.