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About the political office
The office of political studies has a director, council of advisors and three working groups. Each group has a head and some full time experts. These groups are related with a network of university professors, researches and non-governmental organizations and benefit from their advices.
Researches and studies are mainly done and planned in the three groups of the office of political studies. Organizational structure of the office of political studies is composed of a director, three heads of group, several senior researches and research assistants. Groups are required to define, monitor and if necessary conduct research projects, ensuring their public and professional identity and are also required stating the progress and achievements and results of operations. Research groups are known as main centers for research activities. Also, “Professional Advisors Council” of the office supports the specialized groups in various fields of study in terms of evaluating the technical and scientific studies. The office of political studies is associated with the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission. The office activities commensurate with their duties are associated with some administrations too. In the specialized groups, commensurate with the duties and requirements of the parliamentary committees of national security and foreign policy commission, various activities are done that the most important of them are:
- Expert review of proposals and bills that are presented to the parliament;
- Perform the necessary studies and drafting the rules that are offered as bills to the parliament by the representatives;
- Preparing regulatory reports on legal gaps or weaknesses in law enforcement;
- Evaluating annual performance of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Intelligence and Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics and presenting their results to the parliament;
- Participating in meetings of the Commission and its specialized Committees to provide advice and respond to the Commission requests;
- Communicating with experts and creating a network of scientific and experienced advisors to meet the needs of parliament, and representative of the Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy;
- Holding professional meetings and academic seminars;
- Holding joint meetings with the executive agencies to incorporate the expert views and reduce decision-makers’ disagreements;
- Continuous communication with civil institutions and NGOs for the awareness of interest groups’ views in drafting bills and also their participation in the legislative process and oversight.