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  • Dr. Mark Kirton with President of Guyana, H.E. David Granger

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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.

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Dame Lovell Visits the Institute of International Relations

Dame Lovell with Dr Chami's Diplomacy Class

Dame Lovell (Centre in Yellow) with Dr Chami and her diplomacy class.

One of the Caribbean's most distinguished and highly decorated diplomats paid a visit to the Institute of International Relations. Dame Deborah-Mae Lovell, former Ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and the OAS and alumnus of the IIR, shared her experiences in diplomacy from her long and successful career in the foreign service, leading to her Knighthood in 2010. This special lecture was organized as part of the the Diplomacy Course offered at the Institue of International Relations and taught by Dr Georgina Chami.




Upcoming Events

  • DIPLOMATIC DIALOGUE: "Costa Rica's Foreign Policy" with Ms. Carmen Gil Erazo, Charge d'Affaires, Costa Rican Embassy to TnT.
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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


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  • 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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