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

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IIR News

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 Submissions: January 15th 2015

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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


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


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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


Friday 14th November, 2014

Panel Discussion "Recent Challenges of the World's Affairs: From Ebola to ISIS"

Lecture Room 1, IIR; 2.00 p.m.

All are invited to attend . RSVP

Friday 21st November, 2014

MPhil to PhD Upgrade Seminar presented by Mr. Ricky Ramnarine

"Small States and the Politics of Post-Sugar Agriculture"

Board Room, IIR, 9.30 a.m.

Friday 21st November, 2014

Special Lecture Presented by Dr. Svend E. Hougaard Jensen, Professor of Economics at the University of Copenhagen

"Fiscal Policy and Banking Union in the Euro Area: Implications for the Caribbean?"

Lecture Room I, IIR; 11:30 a.m.

All are invited. RSVP

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


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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.



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  • 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.



IIR joins the Vice-Chancellor, the Principal and the rest of the University community in mourning the passing of Professor Yves Collart who departed this life on Wednesday, 29th October 2014 at the age of 84. Our sincere condolences to his family some of whom lived here with him during his years of service to IIR.

Professor Collart came to the Institute in 1968 and became the third and last Swiss Director of the IIR over the period 1969-1973. Professor Collart was instrumental in successfully converting a joint venture established in 1966 between the Governments of Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago into a regional institution fully controlled by Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. He was a firm believer in local potential and he achieved this conversion at a date much earlier than was anticipated. One of his main accomplishments was the incorporation of IIR into UWI under a constitution that would give IIR a certain degree of autonomy but still subject to UWI staff, degree and administrative regulations and standards. IIR is still governed today by that constitution.

He drew commitments from regional Governments, not just to support financially the Institute, but also to send their diplomats for training at IIR. He succeeded in making IIR a place where both academic and practical diplomatic training could thrive.

His administrative achievements were also matched by his academic ones. He specialized in History and International Politics and gave courses and seminars as well as supervised graduate students in this area. He was well known for his rigorous historical method to the study of International Relations.

After his departure he continued to serve on the Board of IIR, continuously promoting international cooperation between IIR and The Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva along with other international bodies.

He was well loved by his students who admired his humility and dedication to excellence. Some of them went on to greater achievements as Orville London, Colin Granderson and Henry Gill, just to name a few, in fond memories of him.

IIR will honour his contribution and his memory by doing a special feature on him at a later date.

May his soul rest in peace.


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