ECMI is a member institute of the European Information Network on International Relations and Area Studies EINIRAS. EINIRAS is an association of European research institutions that deal with information and documentation on international relations in research and political practice. The seven-language European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies, a terminological handbook for specialized documentation, was developed in the framework of EINIRAS. The long term objective of EINIRAS is to establish a common European database on international relations and area studies. The short-term objectives include the expansion of practical cooperation and the exchange of information, bibliographical data, and publications. Member institutions include the Council of Europe, the European Union Institute for Security Studies, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik SWP), the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). EINIRAS holds an annual conference at one of the member institutes, as well as task group working meetings.

ECMI is a member institute of the German Information Network International relations and Area Studies (FIV-IBLK). This is a consortium of twelve independent German research institutes aimed at the establishment of common information resources. The IREON Gateway provides a central point of access for scholarly literature in the field of international relations and area studies.

The Network's database World Affairs Online (WAO) is one of the largest bibliographical databases on social sciences in Europe and reflects the main areas of interest of the member institutes. The database now holds more than 800,000 references to articles /chapters from periodicals and books (55%); monographs, reports (27%); official publications (4,5%). The database is updated regularly. The database represents a concentrated selection of literature in the fields of international relations, regional and area studies with a focus on security policy and European policy. The high quality of this database is achieved through very sophisticated indexing with subject and regional classification and the multilingual European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies, a joint product of European research institutes. In offering this service the Network fulfils the objectives laid down in successive German government programs for specialized information in this field.

ECMI is a Principal Partner institute of the International Relations and Security Institute ISN, based in Zürich. The International Relations and Security Institute ISN is one of the world's leading open access information services for both professionals and students who focus on international relations (IR) and security studies. Established in 1994, ISN's mission is to facilitate security-related dialogue and cooperation within a trusted network of international relations organizations, professionals and experts, and to provide open-source international relations and security-related tools and materials in accessible ways.

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State