The establishment of a national institute dedicated to diplomacy and international relations has been a priority for Jordanian decision makers for a considerable time. The need for such an institute became more pressing with the expansion of Jordan's network of international relations and with the emergence of new forms of diplomatic work. This required advanced training of diplomats and all those involved in international relations and communication, to update their knowledge and skills. The Institute empowers these professionals, to perform more effectively in various fields.
To address these needs, the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy (JID) was established in 1994. It is guided in fulfilling its mission by a theoretical and practical pedagogic philosophy that suits the requirements of contemporary diplomacy. The Institute serves Jordanian national interests by honing the skills of diplomats, and enhancing their ability to achieve the objectives of Jordanian diplomacy. The JID provides trainee diplomats with the required tools for success, particularly in public diplomacy and effective communication with civil society organizations. It also empowers them to deal effectively with the tasks of economic cooperation, attracting investments, promoting tourism, and other areas of direct economic impact.
The JID aspires to be a think tank specializing in research in the fields of politics, international relations and strategic issues on the national and regional levels. This research provides policy options for decision-makers. The JID develops frameworks of cooperation with counterpart organizations in the region and beyond, commissions specialists, organizes seminars, workshops, colloquia, and lecture programs to raise awareness of important contemporary issues.
The JID has succeeded through its diverse activities to translate its ambitions and philosophy into a tangible reality. This would not have been possible without the continued interest and support of the Jordanian leadership. Credit must also be given to the former presidents of the Institute and all those who built the JID into an esteemed institute of diplomacy that commands respect on the Arab and International diplomatic levels.