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Bureau of Intelligence and Research

INR delivers and coordinates timely, objective intelligence that advances U.S. diplomacy

Intelligence Empowering Diplomacy. The Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) is a bureau of the Department of state and a member of the Intelligence Community (IC). Read more about INR’s mission, vision, purpose, and core value in INR 2025 strategic plan under the Key Topics tab.

Key Topics

Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU)

HIU serves as a U.S. Government interagency center to identify, collect, analyze, and disseminate all-source information critical to U.S. Government decision-makers and partners in preparation for and response to humanitarian emergencies worldwide, and to promote innovative technologies and best practices for humanitarian information management.

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Title VIII Grant Program

INR administers the Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union) known as “Title VIII.”  This Program provides funding for graduate-level research and foreign language training to U.S. scholars and students for the study of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). Title VIII maintains U.S. expertise in these regions and brings open source, policy-relevant research to the service of the U.S. government. Title VIII grants are awarded through an open, national competition among eligible applicant organizations. Authority for this Program is contained in the Soviet-Eastern European Research and Training Act of 1983 (22 U.S.C. 4501-4508, as amended).  is a central storehouse for information on federal government grant programs. For information on Title VIII research and language study opportunities please email: For information on other Department of State funded language study programs go to:

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Independent States and Dependencies

The Bureau of Intelligence and Research maintains a list of Independent States in the World and a list of Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty. These lists provide the short-form and long-form names, two-letter country code, and capital or administrative center for countries and dependencies.

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Analytic Exchanges

INR’s Analytic Exchange Program convenes leading experts from academia, think tanks, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private industry worldwide to participate in analytic exchanges. The Office of Analytic Outreach (AO) tailors analytic exchanges to align with and contribute to Department of State and Intelligence Community (IC) analytic and policy priorities. AO analytic exchanges offer new perspectives and analytical insights to thousands of IC analysts and U.S. Executive Branch policy makers. Analytic exchanges prepare State Department officials at all levels, including undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and ambassadors, to formulate and advance U.S. foreign policy. All AO analytic exchanges are for USG Executive Branch officials. They are off-the-record and not for attribution to ensure an environment conducive to candid discussion. For more information about analytic exchanges, please email:

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Geospatial Data Strategy

The State Department Geographer, resident in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s (INR) Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, serves as the Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI) responsible for the oversight of the Department’s implementation of the Geospatial Data Strategy requirements. The Geospatial Data Strategy (GDS) provides a foundational roadmap with strategic goals and objectives to ensure the Department can learn, adopt, and refine policies, procedures, and practices across the geospatial community to ensure compliance with the Geospatial Data Act (2018).

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