The Centre for Regional and International Relations (CIRA) was founded at the University of Fiji by Mr Robin Nair. Mr Nair, who has a diplomatic history, realised the disadvantage Fiji had because of its lack of think tanks to create effective training for its diplomats. To develop this aspect, he founded the CIRA with the intention of creating alternate policy ideas on Fiji’s relationship with the region and beyond.
The main focuses of the CIRA are to:
generate new ideas and promote dialogue on regional and international developments of relevance to Fiji and the Pacific Island Countries (PICS) and their impact on Fiji and the PICs
conduct research, lectures, seminars, workshops, teaching, training and publications
Funding is received for the CIRA through government aid programs, Foundations, endowments, bequeaths, gifts, donations, consultancy earnings and fees from administrations services provided by the Centre for projects funded by international aid organisations. The CIRA website provides more detailed information about its purpose, core functions, governance and funding.