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.


  • "1962 - Revisiting the context of West Indian Independence.
  • Prof. Knight and IIR student volunteers at CARICOM HoG meeting
  • Panel Discussion on Venezuela 27-Feb-14
  • Professor Knight meets with TT Foreign Minister Dookeran
  • Ambassador Amiran Magid, Ambassador of Israel to Trinidad and Tobago meets with Professor W. Andy Knight, Director, Institute of International Relations
  • UN GA President, Yuk Jeremic, Distingushed Lecture

In the News


28 June 1941 – 9 April, 2014  

professor girvan

In Tribute to Professor Norman Girvan

Professor Emeritus Norman Girvan

The Institute of International Relations (IIR), was honoured when Professor Norman Girvan joined the IIR academic staff body as Professorial Research Fellow in 2004. 

His appointment at the IIR followed his prominent appointments as  Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States, Professor of Development Studies and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at The University of the West Indies, and head of the National Planning Agency of the Government of Jamaica.

Professor Girvan served as:

  • University Director, Sir Arthur Lewis School of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, (8/1999-1/2000)
  • Director, Consortium Graduate School of Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies (1987-1999). Professor from 1989 and Professor of Development Studies from 1997.
  • Senior Officer and Senior Consultant, Policy Analysis and Research Division, United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, New York (1981-1985)
  • Chief Technical Director of the National Planning Agency, Government of Jamaica (1977 - 1980)
  • Regional Coordinator, Caribbean Technology Policy Studies Project, The University of the West Indies/University of Guyana (1975 - 1976).
  • Senior Research Fellow, United Nations African Institute for Development and Planning (IDEP), Dakar, Senegal (1973 -1975).
  • Senior Lecturer and Lecturer in Economics at The University of the West Indies (1966-1973)


International Relations News

The Situation in Crimea: The Hague Declaration [Read]

Regional News

World Bank approves funds for St. Vincent and St. Lucia freak storm damage [Read]

International News

Air Pollution linked to 7million deaths globally. [Read]

Courtesy: Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association

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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


Signing Ceremony



Two visions for CARICOM by Rickey Singh


Kirton Report Cover

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


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Upcoming Events

Launch of the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

6th May, 2014.

Attendance by invitation only.

More details to follow.

Caribbean Child Rights Observatory Network Workshop at the IIR

15th May, 2014.

(Closed Event)

16th May, 2014.

Launch of the observatory

More details to follow


Videos of past events are available at


IIR Today

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

Past Issues



  • A Book of Condolence for the late Prof Norman Girvan will open today at the High Commission for Jamaica at  2 Newbold Street, St Clair.
    The dates are: Tuesday, 15th to 17th April and Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th April, between the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Anyone who wishes to come later will be welcomed as the High Commission closes at 4:30pm daily.
    Please pass this information on to all those you know who may wish to sign the Book of Condolence.

    H.E. Sharon Saunders
    High Commissioner
    High Commission for Jamaica
    Port of Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Scholarships for short-term study abroad programmes at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Job Openings at UDLAP (Mexico)
  • Director of IIR, Professor W. Andy Knight, has been appointed as a member of the publications committee of the International Studies Association (ISA).
  • Government of Mexico’s Call for Foreign Students                                March 5th- August 29th, 2014
  • Scholarships in the following fields:
    • Visiting Professors
    • High-level Conferences
    • Genaro Estrada Scholarship for Specialists in Mexican Studies
    • Artist  Residencies
    • Media Residencies
    • Improving the Quality of Mexican Secondary and Higher Education Institutions

    Programmes will run from April – October. For more information, see Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico’s AMEXCID website.

      • Research opportunities
      • Open PhD positions at  IFPEN
      •  Canada-Latin America and the

        Caribbean Research Exchange Grants (LACREG)  2014 Competition

         Deadline: Monday, April 28,2014

   For program guidelines, visit the  

   AUCC Website:

   For additional information please


  • IDRC program areas:
    Projects must address one or more of IDRC’s four broad program areas:

    • Agriculture and the environment
    • Global health policy
    • Science and innovation
    • Social and economic policy
  • 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

  • Join the OAS Internship Program

Projects of the IIR

The Child Rights Hub Project


a) Conduct accurate analysis of the situation of children in the region and provide feedback and support to member states in developing evidence-informed policies and programmes for the fulfillment of children's rights, as mandated by the Convention of the Rights of the Child;

b) Serve the role as an advocate for children's issues, thus giving a voice to the most excluded and disadvantaged groups in the region

c) provide technical guidance and assistance to governments and civil society organizations in CRC reporting and to monitor the progress of implementation of the CRC;

d) Monitor (specific rights violations of children, and, in particular, discrimination and exclusion;

e) Monitor, analyse and disseminate reports on the status of the CARICOM Framework for Action for Children as sponsored and requested by the CARICOM Secretariat.

f) Provide technical assistance to monitor and evaluate the impact of policies and legislation on children's rights and identify the contradictions and conflicting provisions;

g) Provide technicalassistance to collecting and consolidate data and information regarding children and children's rights in the Caribbean;

h) Provide technical assistance to develop effective knowledge management strategies and compelling communications platform tocreate visibility and inform change for key issues impacting children.