Founded in 1960, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) is acomprehensive research organization for studies of international politics, economy,security strategy and China's external relations. The SIIS is dedicated to serving forChina's modernization drive, and for Shanghai's opening-up and economic development. It mainly studies the United States, Japan, Europe, Russia and the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on relations among major powers and China's peripheryenvironment. Based on its studies of theories of international relations and dynamic changes of international affairs, the SIIS pursues both mid-term and long-term comprehensive research on significant issues in contemporary international politics, economy and security, providing relevant governmental departments and institutions with research reports and other research findings for reference, and presenting journals and magazines to the public for popularizing knowledge of international affairs.After unremitting efforts of several generations of its researchers, SIIS has gained renowned reputation both domestically and internationally. In November 2006, SIIS was elected as one of the “Top 10 Think Tanks in China” in the “First Forum on China’s Think Tanks” held in Beijing. And in a research report released in the end of 2007 by Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) based at Philadelphia, USA, SIIS was listed in the “Top 10 Think Tanks in the world (non-U.S.)”.
The SIIS has about 80 full time staff members including 30 senior fellows. Main publications of the SIIS include 《SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS》, 《INTERNATIONAL REVIEW》, 《WORLD OUTLOOK》, 《SIIS JOURNAL》, etc.
The SIIS maintains academic exchanges and cooperative relations with hundred prestigious universities and leading research institutions both in China and in 30 other countries and areas , sponsors various workshops and seminars, invites foreign scholars and leading figures for academic exchanges, sponsors international conferences, sends fellows abroad for academic tours and lectures or for international conferences, and develops cooperative projects. The SIIS is authorized by the Degree Committee of the State Council to confer M.A. degree. Beginning from 1979, the SIIS has admitted postgraduates for two- and half-year study on international politics and international organizations. Relevant specialties involve politics, economy, domestic and foreign policies of the United States, Japan, Asia and Europe as well as international strategic issues.