First Division
Second Division
Third Division
Fourth Division


Research is the number one task of the IIR, and research staff belong to one of four research divisions, two dealing with international affairs and two with mainland China.

First Division:
Conducts research into the countries of America, Europe, and Africa, including their international political and economic relations and international organizations.

Second Division:
Covers similar topics in Asia, Oceania, and the Pacific Rim.

Third Division:
Conducts research into mainland China affairs, specializing in ideology, politics, law, foreign relations, and military affairs, as well as Taiwan-mainland relations and Hong Kong and Macao affairs.

Fourth Division:
Focuses on the social, economic, cultural, and minority affairs aspects of mainland China.