About CIRS

The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Anhui University was founded jointly in October, 2015 by Anhui Provincial Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Anhui University (AHU) in an effort to create the first think tank of the province dedicated to the research of international issues. CIRS sees as its objective to become a platform for academic studies  and think tank services that integrates academic research, professional training, policy consultation and international exchanges. 


AHU President Cheng Hua and DFA Director Wang Xin at CIRS inauguration ceremony

Think tank services:

Collect and analyze international information regarding Anhui;

Lead research on major hot and challenging international issues regarding Anhui;

Provide quality consultation for diplomatic strategies and foreign policies;

Train high-end think tank researchers of international issues;

Create a platform for international exchanges and cooperation.

Development goals:

Create a database for international information regarding Anhui;

Build a research team dedicated to research of public policy and decision-making;

Promote the image of Anhui and China to the outside world;

Enhance professional training and reform training of high-end think tank talents;

Establish development coalition and promote international exchanges and cooperation.

CIRS structure:

CIRS consists of five institutes, namely, Center for Russian Studies, Institute of Latin America Studies, Center for West Asia and North Africa Studies, Center for EU Studies, and Center for Asia-Pacific Studies. The Center for Russian Studies was founded in 1979 as an institute for the study of the former USSR, which changed to its current name in 1992. The Institute of Latin America Studies was founded in August, 2013 jointly by the Republic of Suriname and Anhui University, which was an unprecedented effort for the promotion of Latin America studies in China. The Institute of Latin America ranked among the top think tank agencies of China in 2015. The Center for West Asia and North Africa Studies was founded in May, 2015, which got support from former special envoy to the Middle East Ambassador Wu Sike, and renowned scholar of African studies and Yangtze Scholar Liu Hongwu, who served as its advisors. The Center for EU Studies was founded in March, 2016 with support from Anhui Provincial Department of Foreign Affairs, which covers studies in areas such as economics, laws, politics, diplomacy and culture. The Center for Asia-Pacific Studies has been recently established for the promotion of research regarding Asia-Pacific regions. CIRS set up a center for academic materials and information in August, 2013, which has received support and donations from the General Consulate of Mexico in Shanghai, Embassy of Suriname, Embassy of Iran, and universities from Russia and Mexico, with a collection of over 20, 000 professional books. 

Expert team and research:

CIRS has over 90 full-time and part-time researchers, with 43 professors and 30 associate professors, and most of them have Ph.D. degrees with overseas academic, exchange and work experience. CIRS researchers have presided over 5 major projects sponsored by the National Social Science Foundation, 2 major projects sponsored by the Ministry of Education, 40 general projects and Youth Projects sponsored by the National Social Science Foundation, about 80 projects at provincial and ministerial levels, and over 100 horizontal projects. CIRS experts have already published over 100 monographs, over 300 CSSCI articles, and over 30 policy and decision-making consultation reports, with some reviewed and approved by national and provincial leaders, and won over 20 national and provincial awards.

International exchange and cooperation:

Since the establishment of CIRS, ambassadors from Suriname, South Korea, Iran, and Bahrain, General Consul of Mexico in Shanghai, officials from the Agricultural Ministry of Ecuador, university delegations from Russia and Mexico, professors from the United States, Spain, and other countries have visited CIRS. In addition, CIRS has established overseas bases for research and training with universities in countries such as Chile, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. CIRS members have made visits of academic exchange to over 30 countries and regions including Mexico, Chile, Spain, Russia, UK, US, South Korea, Japan, South Africa, Iran, Nigeria, Zambia and Tanzania. CIRS has received over 20 international students from countries such as Mexico, Iran and Russia. 

Contact: Fan Hesheng (CIRS Director, and Deputy Director of AHU School of Sociology and Political Science)

Email: fhs117@sina.com Office: 0551-6386-1762 Mobile: 135-0560-2193


Ph.D. Supervisor and Professor FAN Hesheng is Deputy Chair of School of Sociology and Political Science of Anhui University (AHU), Director of Center for International and Regional Studies as well as Director of Institute for Latin America Studies(ILAS) at AHU. Among his other titles are AHU Excellent Middle Age and Youth Academic Talents, Director of Postgraduate Program for Sociology of AHU, member of the 2nd Instruction Committee for Social Work Postgraduate Education, Chair of Anhui Provincial Society for Socio-psychology, Deputy Chair of Anhui Provincial Society of Sociology, board member of China Society of Sociology, member of the Standing Committee of China Society of Socio-psychology, Consultant on Legislation for Anhui Provincial Government, member of the 7th Committee of Anhui Association of Social Scientists, and an expert commentator for Anhui Broadcasting Station. In recent years, he has supervised one sub-project of Major Project for National Social Science Foundation(NSSF), one general NSSF project, supervised and participated in over 10 projects at ministerial and provincial levels. He has published over 50 papers in various types of leading academic journals, 8 monographs, and edited about 30 textbooks. He has long been devoted to the teaching and research in social development theories, political sociology, Latin America modernization and Sino-LatAm relations. His research in Latin America modernization and Sino-LatAm relations has been fruitful and influential. He began to serve as the first ILAS Director, and published the paper How Should China View Latin America - Review and Reflections on Domestic Research, which was reproduced in full text on the 12th issue of International Politics by Renmin University of China in 2014, as well as by influential portal websites such as Thinktank China, Ziguangge, Gongshi, CPC News, China Social Science Net, Sino-LatAm Trade website, First Thinktank, Diplomatic Observer. His article Middle Income Trap, Is It Itself a Theoretical Trap? was published in the special NSSF column of People's Forum - Academic Frontier, a leading national journal for theoretical studies, which was soon reproduced online by leading websites such as Huaxia web, Frontline of Beijing Municipal CPC Committee, Zhongdao web, Study Web for Chinese Leaders, NSSF web, and China Social Science Net, and proved to be influential in academia and effective for political consultation.