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.


  • IIR Students at a Simulation CARICOM meeting
  • Professor Knight greets His Excellency The President of Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Official Launch of the Diplomatic Academy
  • Memorial in Celebration of the life of Professor Girvan

In the News


IIR News


Obama Announces U.S. and Cuba will Resume Diplomatic Relations


Special Call for Papers: Child Rights in the Caribbean

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: January 15th 2015

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Call for Papers: Ten Years of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA): Progress, Problems, and Prospects.

Deadline for submissions: 21st January, 2015


2014UNDP Human Development Report

Professor W. Andy Knight Joins Ocean Security Board [Read]

Módulo ONU en la Académica Diplomática del Caribe [Read]

Regional News

Could a U.S.-Cuba prisoner swap break ice?

Courtesy: Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association

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Newsletter of the Barbados Embassy in Beijing. Volume 1, Feb-Sep, 2014.

Two visions for CARICOM by Rickey Singh


Kirton Report Cover

Mark Kirton – Caribbean Regional Disaster Response and Management Mechanisms: Prospects and Challenges


CARICOM:Caricom logo

Why Caribbean History Matters

Express Article: New dominance of Non-Communicable Diseases: Lecture on Health Diplomacy at the Institute of International Relations, UWI.

Commentaries on A Post Chavez Venezuela: click here for commentaries

Interview with IIR Director, Prof. Andy Knight.

Embracing integration remains key to CARICOM development. Dr. R. Mark Kirton

Upcoming Events

Monday 15th December, 2014

Disaster Risk Reduction in the Caribbean: Challenges and opportunities for achieving greater resilience

A prelude to the Diplomatic Academy's module on Disaster Risk Reduction in June, 2015


Diplomatic Protocol Training at the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

Upcoming Modules

Module 7: Disaster Management and Risk Reduction in the Caribbean

Module 8: Shifts in Hegemony


Videos of past events are available at


IIR Publications

Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy

A joint quarterly publication of the UWI Institute of International Relations (IIR) and the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Volume 2, Issue 1, March, 2014

IIR Today

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



For more IIR publications click here.



  • Dr. Annita Montoute was recently featured in this publication of UNLIREC's “Forces of Change II: Recognizing the Contribution of Latin American and Caribbean Women to Disarmament”
  • The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme. Application Form.
  • Opportunity to pursue an MSc. Project Management GPSM and the University of International Cooperation, Costa Rica! See here for more information.
  • Prof. Andy Knight invited to attend International Conference meeting, on Child Protection from Ebola & HIV/AIDS Treatment. November 24th to 29th, Maryland MD USA.
  • IIR Director, Prof. Andy Knight, appointed to OSI Scientific and Academic Board link
  • The IIR is the hub for the Caribbean Child Rights Observatory Network (CCRON) See more about the objectives and function of CCRON here.
  • Job Openings at UDLAP (Mexico)
  • Please see the call for applicants for funded Masters degrees in International Development at the University of East Anglia.
  • IIR Lecturer, Dr. Debbie Mohammed appointed to the European Union Latin America & the Caribbean Academic Council 2013-2015.  The 2013-2015 EULAC Academic Council comprises of 5 members based in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin American and the U.S.A.


Human Rights 365 is the theme of Human Rights Day 2014, the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year's theme reminds us that every day is human rights day and that "human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation" (Secretary-General's Message, 2014).

'Read The Message of the Secretary-General here.

Additional Material:

Commemoration page

Statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR)

Video message 1

Video message 2

(SG) UN Audio files: Universal Declaration of Human Rights read by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1948

Background on the Declaration 


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