The Diplomatic Institute


The Diplomatic Institute (IDI) was created in the Portuguese Foreign Ministry, in 1994, to provide high level training to diplomats and to produce studies and strategic analyses relevant to Portuguese foreign policy.
 
Specifically its mission is to:
•       Design and organize training courses, seminars, and forums for foreign service officers, and other civil service  professionals in the Foreign Ministry and other sectors of government 
•       Promote foreign policy research  focused on themes that integrate domestic policy concerns and stimulate reflection;
•       Prepare and participate  in foreign policy studies, research or opinion papers;
The Institute also has oversight responsibility over the valuable  Diplomatic Library and Archives, 6,000 linear meters of document shelves originating from various sources: Foreign Ministry central administration, 1850-1985; Portuguese embassies, legations and representations abroad, 1819 -1985; Portuguese missions and representations in International Organizations, 1949-1977; private collections of books and documents of former and current diplomats.
The Archives also file all Treaties and international acts subscribed by Portugal, including ratifications and adhesions, 1839-1995.

The library staff is prepared to assist researchers seeking information and diplomats drafting position papers in the exercise of their functions.
Access to the documentation of the historic archive is available to all foreign ministry officers and national and foreign researchers. (daily 11:00-17:00).
For Library reading room and access rules