The Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies is a well-established and regarded interdisciplinary Caribbean regional centre for the analysis and advancement of international relations.


  • Four IIR students representing UWI at Harvard Model United Nations
  • Dr. Mark Kirton with President of Guyana, H.E. David Granger

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IR Students Head to Harvard National Model United Nations

HMUN Students with Professor Byron and Principal Copeland

( From left: Kurba-Marie Questelles, Andel Andrew, Andrew Lavia, IIR Director Professor Jessica Byron, UWI Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland and Kia Jaikaran)


This February, four students of the IIR will travel to the city of Boston in the United States, to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN). HNMUN is the largest and most prestigious Model United nations, involving more than 3,000 students and faculty from the top colleges and universities around the world. At HNMUN these students will apply their knowledge of the interdisciplinary aspects of International Relations, as well as putting their negotiation and diplomacy skills to the test, as they replicate the activities of the United Nations in addressing major international issues.

The students are Ms. Kia Jaikaran, Ms. Kurba-Marie Questelles, Mr. Andel Andrew and Mr. Andrew Lavia. They will be a part of the delagation that represents the Univeristy of the West Indies at this prestigious MUN.

At HNMUN 2017, the four students were assigned to Poland, and will represent the country in two Committees: Disarmament and International Security Committee (GA-DISEC) and Special Political and Decolonization Committee (GA-SPECPOL). For each Committee, there are two topic areas which students are requested to analyze and formulate a resolution.  For DISEC, the two topics are Offshore Bases & The Weaponization of Social Media which will be represented by Ms. Kurba-Marie Questelles and Ms. Kia Jaikaran respectively.  For SPECPOL, the two topics are Reforming UN Peacekeeping Operations and Improving Governance in Somalia which will be represented by Mr. Andrew Lavia and Mr. Andel Andrew respectively.

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The UWI advances Caribbean diplomacy with New MOU

MOU Signing

(Mexican Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ambassador Socorro Flores Liera, UWI Vice Chacenllor and St Augustine Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland, IIR Director Professor Jessica Byron and other dignitaries at the signing ouf the MOU)



The University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations (IIR)/ Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean (DAOC) and Instituto Matias Romero signed a historic five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) November 2, 2016. The aim of the MOU is to strengthen ties between both countries through the development of diplomatic academic activities on matters of mutual interest.

The signing took place when Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean, Her Excellency, Ambassador Socorro Flores Liera and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico, His Excellency Jesús Alberto López González met withPro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Brian Copeland at The UWI, St Augustine.

Commenting on the signing, Professor Jessica Byron, Director of IIR stated that“The IIR welcomes the signing of this MOU and looks forward to future collaboration with the Instituto Matias Romero which has many years of experience in delivering professional training programmes to Mexico’s diplomatic and consular corps and public officials. Such cooperation arrangements will be of great value in the consolidation of the DAOC”.

Also present at the signings were Dr. Mark Kirton of the IIR, Mrs Maria Elena Alcaraz, Head of Chancellery, Embassy of the Republic of Mexico in Trinidad and Tobago and AmbassadorMaria del Carmen Oñate Muñoz, Advisor to Under Secretary Socorro Flores Liera.

(Courtesy UWI Marketing)


Upcoming Events

  • GUEST LECTURE: "Stopping Terrorism: How the United Nations is Contributing to the Global Effort," with Mr Mike Smith, former Assistant Secretary- General of the UN, New York and Executive Director of the UN Counter - Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate. Thursday 16th February, 2017 at 9:00AM, Lecture Room 1, IIR, UWI.
  • IIR's 50th Anniversary Book Launch. Thursday 16th February, 2017 at 10:00AM. Lecture Room 1, IIR, UWI
  • 38th Independence Day Address to UWI St Lucian student community, by the Honourable Dr. Gale TC Rigobert, Minister of Education, St. Lucia. Thursday 16th February, 2017 at 1:00PM. Lecture Room 1, IIR, UWI.
  • Film Screening: "The Life of Hugo Chavez". Thursday 16th February, 2017, at 3;00PM. Lecture Room 1, IIR, UWI.

*Reminder that The UWI St. Augustine Campus is a no Thoroughfare Zone. All visitors are required to use the Visitors Entrance, to the east of the campus accessible along the St. Augustine Circular Road. Parking for visitors is availble at the TGR North and South parking lots. For more information please consult the following link: .

Videos of past events are available at


IIR Publications

Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy

A biannual publication of the Institute of International Relations, UWI - Volume 4, Issue 1, Special Edition: Symposium on the Caribbean Court of Justice,June, 2016. Available at the CJIR&D website.

IIR Today

Take a look at the latest issue of the IIR's newsletter, the IIR Today. iirtoday


For more IIR publications click here.



  • The University of the West Indies has announced the appointment of Professor Jessica Byron-Reid as the Director of the Institute of International Relations, with effect from 1 August, 2016.
  • The University of the West Indies has announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Kirton as the Acting Director of the Institute of International Relations, with effect from 1 January, 2016. Read more...
  • Five researchers from the Institute of International Relations led by Dr. Annita Montoute have been selected as the winners of the Specific Call for Research Projects: The Caribbean in the Partnership EU-CELAC. Read more...
  • Dr. Matthew Bishop won a grant of $15,200 from the Social Science Research Council for his project The Turning Tide of Drug Policy in the Americas: is the Caribbean Riding the Wave? Read More...
  • The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme. Application Form.
  • The IIR is the hub for the Caribbean Child Rights Observatory Network (CCRON) See more about the objectives and function of CCRON here


IIR 50th Anniversary logo

The Institute of International Relations is celebrating 50 years! We will be hosting a series of events surrounding this monentous occasion.

The most recent of these events was the Naming Ceremony, for the Norman Girvan Library, the Yves Collart Board Room and the Hans Geiser Board Room at The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean.Families of Dr Hans Geiser and Professor Emeritus Norman Girvan joined with the Insitute to celebrate these important figures of the IIR.

Photos from IIR and Friends Can Cook

Photos from Black-Tie Dinner



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