One of the main objectives of FIV – The German Information Network International Relations and Area
Studies is the expansion of cooperation with other European specialist institutes. For these reasons, the FIV and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
(SWP) were amongst the initiators of EINRIAS, the European network of research organisations in the field of international
relations and area studies.
By creating a common European database for international relations and area studies, the aim is:
- to duplicate the advantages of cooperation on a national
level at an international level
- to make the databases of individual European research
institutes universally accessible
- to document scholarly literature in a broad spectrum of
- to close gaps in WAO – World Affairs
Members of the network, founded in the early 1990s, now include three international organizations –
Council of Europe (COE),
United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR),
Institute for Security Studies of the European Union (ISS) – and more than thirty research organisations
from seventeen different countries, including the
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI),
Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London,
The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM),
Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI),
Fundació CIDOB Centro de Investigación de Relaciones
Internacionales y Desarrollo, Barcelona,
Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich.
The multilingual European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies has been developed with the participation of several European research institutes
within the framework of EINIRAS.
The European Thesaurus is a special subject thesaurus and contains about 8.200 descriptors. Apart from applying the thesaurus for indexing and retrieval, which is its main purpose, the thesaurus can also be used as a terminological
reference work or even to look up the equivalents of a term in other languages (translation tool).
The European Thesaurus Development Group (ETDG) was set up by those EINIRAS member institutes that contributed to the production of the European Thesaurus. The ETDG meets regularly to decide on new descriptors,
descriptor modifications, deletions of descriptors, etc.