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.


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

In the News

IIR News

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)


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.


2016 IIR Student Study Tour to Cuba and Panama

2016 IIR Student Study Tour

Photo taken of the group at the Panama Canal

Students, staff and alumni of the Institute of International Relations recently completed the 2016 study tour of Cuba and Panama at the end of August. IIR Student Study Tour 2016

From Left: Dr. Mark Kirton, Senior Lecturer and PhD student, Mr David Simmons

This tour was filled with many eye opening experiences for students as they toured various cultural and historical sites and attended lectures on economic, political and societal issues of these two countries.

IIR Student Study tour 2016

Students exploring Old Havana

A group of 24 students participated in this study tour lead by Senior Lecturer Dr. Mark Kirton, with support by Dr. Jaqueline Laguardia Martinez, Lecturer.

IIR Student Study Tour 2016

Richard Lynch, MPhil Student at the Museum of the Revolution in Havana.

Tour participants also attended a reception at the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Havana, where they met with the Ambassador, His Excellency Dr. Lancelot Cowie.

Tour participants pose with Ambassador Cowie at the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Cuba

Tour participants pose for a photo with Ambassador Cowie at the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy in Havana

Staff of the IIR meet with Professor Cowie

From left to right, Ekana McAlister, His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Lancelot Cowie and Dr. Mark Kirton

 Ambassador Lancelot Cowie, Lectures from the University of Havana, staff from the TnT Embassy in Cuba and IIR staff at the reception at the Embassy.

Ambassador Dr. Cowie with Dr. Kirton, Dr. Laguardia Martinez, lecturers from the University of Havana and staff of the Embassy


New Director


The IIR welcomes our new Director Professor Jessica Byron-Reid. Professor Byron is an alumna of the IIR and formerly the Head and Professor in the Department of Government, Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI Mona Campus. Professor Byron is the first female Director at the Institute.


IIR Alum Ambassador to Washington


The IIR congratulates His Excellency Brigadier General Anthony Phillips-Spencer on his appointment to Trinidad and Tobago's Ambassador to the United States, and the honourable Dr. Gale Rigobert as the Minister of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development in the Government of St. Lucia.

Dr. Mark Kirton speaks on the contributions and relations developed between the IIR and the ACS

Dr. Mark Kirton speaks on the latest development with Venezuela Crisis

Regional News

How Brexit will affect the Caribbean - Prof. W. Andy Knight

After Brexit: What happens next for the Caribbean?

Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Jamaica says that Jamaica should hold Referendum on CARICOM.

Colombia and Farc rebels reach agreement on bilateral ceasefire

International News

Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland sees its future as part of the EU as Brexit confirmed

Brexit Bedlam: UK Ponders Uncertain Future after Historic 'Leave' Vote

Civil Society and NGOs as Drivers of Change in Environmental Governance

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Policy and the Failure of the Doha Oil Negotiations

Refusing to Acknowledge the Problem of Climate Change Denial

Upcoming Events

  • MPhil/ PhD Graduate Seminars,Yves IIR, Yves Collart Boardroom Friday 2nd December 2016, 10:00 AM
  • DIPLOMATIC DIALOGUE: "Costa Rica's Foreign Policy" with Ms. Carmen Gil Erazo, Charge d'Affaires, Costa Rican Embassy to TnT.
    Date TBD

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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