History, Mission & Vision



The Institute of International Relations at The University of the West Indies is a regional, autonomous academic institution at the St. Augustine Campus, with associate fellows at the Mona and Cave Hill Campuses, and within other organizations. Since its founding in 1966, the Institute has been dedicated to the conduct of advanced research and teaching concerning the international challenges of the contemporary world, with special emphasis upon the Caribbean and Latin American regions. As a vital part of the infrastructure for its teaching and research, the Institute has developed a Library that constitutes one of the best information resources available, regarding the international relations of the Caribbean. In addition to its Postgraduate Diploma, M.Sc. and MPhil/PhD programmes, the Institute of International Relations, through the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean, meets related regional and national human resource development needs by offering short intensive modular training programs for public and private sectors, and civil society personnel. The Institute also offers international policy research and advisory services and consultancies.


The mission of the Institute of International Relations is to enhance understanding of Caribbean international relations, applying multidisciplinary perspectives, while contributing to related regional and national human resource development. 


The Institute of International Relations brings the expertise and energies of all the international relations academic staff within The University of the West Indies, as well as those of selected Associate Fellows located elsewhere, to bear effectively upon the needs of the Caribbean region’s public and private sectors for research, teaching, consultancy and training, concerning the region’s international challenges and opportunities, within multidisciplinary fields ranging from finance, business and management to politics, history, economics, education, and law.


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