In accordance with the Royal Message of 30 August 2013, addressed to the participants in the first Conference of the Ambassadors of His Majesty The King, "urging IRES to devote its efforts to the diplomatic field and to the various issues related to Morocco’s external relations, in their political, economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects…”, the dimension of "external relations of Morocco" has taken a prominent place in the Institute’s work programme.

To this end, IRES has developed a real focus on the Kingdom’s external relations (the political dimension according to the STEEP grid), through the production, by the end of December 2019, of 57 reports on Morocco’s international relations and diplomacy (including the security dimension), four of which are strategic reports. This work involved 86 associate researchers and required the organization of 130 meetings, including 5 international conferences.