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Prof. Knight meets with Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prof. Knight and IIR student volunteers at CARICOM HoG meeting
Opening of Caribbean leg of Aus-Aid/IIR CARICOM Diplomatic Training programme
Professor Knight meets with TT Foreign Minister Dookeran
Contemporary Caribbean Book Launch with Indian High Commission
UN GA President, Yuk Jeremic, Distingushed Lecture
In the News
The Grand Opening of the Embassy of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing, China in February, 2014
Beijing -- Professor Knight paid a courtesy call on Barbados' Ambassador to China on Thursday Feb 27, 2014.
Ambassador Brathwaite was appointed to the post by Barbados Prime Minister Stuart earlier this year but assumed the position in Beijing a week ago. Professor Knight who travelled with the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, KPB, to Beijing for the historic opening of the Republic's first Embassy in China, took the opportunity away from the official visit to discuss what Barbados will likely try to accomplish in China under Ambassador Brathwaite's watch.
The Ambassador replaced former Barbados Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford, who was appointed the first Barbados Ambassador to China in 2010.
Statement by the G-7 Nations
March 2, 2014
We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation’s clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine. We call on Russia to address any ongoing security or human rights concerns that it has with Ukraine through direct negotiations, and/or via international observation or mediation under the auspices of the UN or the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. We stand ready to assist with these efforts.
We also call on all parties concerned to behave with the greatest extent of self-restraint and responsibility, and to decrease the tensions.
We note that Russia’s actions in Ukraine also contravene the principles and values on which the G-7 and the G-8 operate. As such, we have decided for the time being to suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in June, until the environment comes back where the G8 is able to have meaningful discussion.
We are united in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future. We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability and political and economic health to the country. To that end, we will support Ukraine’s work with the International Monetary Fund to negotiate a new program and to implement needed reforms. IMF support will be critical in unlocking additional assistance from the World Bank, other international financial institutions, the EU, and bilateral sources.
UNICEF And UWI’s Institute Of International Relations Sign MOU on Children’s Issues
The Institute of International Relations (IIR) of The University of the West Indies and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Hub for the creation and facilitation of the Caribbean Child Rights Observatory Network (CCRON).
As signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, CARICOM member countries are therefore committed by treaty to respecting, protecting and fulfilling the rights of all children in their respective countries. CCRON will ensure collection of relevant data, accurate analysis and dissemination of information on the situation of children in the region, while reporting and providing feedback as well as support to countries in the implementation and development of evidence-informed policies for children across the Caribbean.
See Express Article http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/UWI-to-serve-as-a-base-240653431.html?m=y&smobile=y
Mark Kirton – Caribbean Regional Disaster Response and Management Mechanisms: Prospects and Challenges
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
Tuesday 18th March, 2014 at 4.00 p.m. Lecture Room 1 IIR, UWI
"Health diplomacy; Science diplomacy. Can the twain meet?"
Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor
The University of the West Indies
Open to all interested parties
IIR students and alumni are invited to submit articles for the next edition of the upcoming 2014 issue and to join the Editorial Committee. Kindly email email@example.com
- 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 Librarian, Tamara Brathwaite appointed Associate Librarian at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ethiopia. Feb. 2014 - Jan. 2016
- 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 I, Issue 4, December 2013
- New Book by Richard L. Bernel Globalization, Trade, and Economic Development: The CARIFORUM-EU Economic partnership Agreement. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 18 December 2013
- Instituto de Estudios del Caribe video lectures on Caribbean issues by distinguished guest lecturers
- Post-CHOGM Conference 2014 Video Interviews
MacArthur Foundation- Grant Information
New Grant on Piracy - Prof. Knight (IIR/ University of Alberta) and Dr. Afyare A. Elmi (Qatar University)
Minister Dookeran announces Diplomatic Academy at IIR
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Former IIR Lecturer & Alumna -
Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert
The IIR congratulates Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert on her appointment as the new Opposition leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) in St. Lucia