September 25, 2014: The Honourable Louise Arbour presents a public lecture 'From Syria to Crimea, is global governance at a loss?

October 15, 2014: Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond book launch with author, Bia Labate, and Alec Dawson.

Archived News and Events


Effective immediately, IS Minor students will no longer be required to complete the language or semester abroad components.  IS Major, Honours and Joint Major students will no longer be required to complete the language component but must still complete the semester abroad component.  Direct queries to

June 13, 2014: Three new Simons Working Papers are out: 'Regional Identities and Communities' by Professor Jeffrey T. Checkel; 'An Incomplete Transition? Explaining the Ongoing Prevalence of Violence against Women in Post-Apartheid South Africa' by alumna Melissa Rossann Gregg (MA 2014); and 'Youth and 'Refo-lution'? Protest Politics in India and the Global Context' by Professor John Harriss.

June 15, 2014: Congratulations to undergraduate student, Claire Sieffert, recipient of the Premier's International Scholarship.

June 16, 2014: 'Strength and Insecurity: Explaining Russia's Actions in Ukraine' by Dr. Nicole J. Jackson

June 18, 2014: A very warm congratulations to King Cordova AlbaƱa, recipient of the 2013/14 Best Undergraduate International Studies Essay Award. The winning essay titled 'Domestic Security at the Expense of International Rights' was written for Nicole Jackson's IS 409 Security Studies course.

June 23, 2014: A very warm welcome to Greg Feldman who will be joining the School as Limited Term Assistant Professor for the 2014/15 academic year. Feldman is a political anthropologist interested in the state, globalization, migration, and population regulation. He is also a founding board member of the Vancouver Society for the Promotion of the Liberal Arts.

June 26-27, 2014: Simons Chair Jeff Checkel will be lecturing at the 25th annual European Integration Summer School in Kristiansand, Norway.

July 3, 2014: Two new Simons Working Papers are out: 'Are Development Statistics Manipulable?' by Andrew Kerner, Morten Jerven and Alison Beatty; and 'The Diplomacy of Space Security: Whither the International Code of Conduct?' by Paul Meyer.

July 3, 2014: Morten Jerven's guest post on the Financial Times: 'Five reasons why African growth is slower than the data tell you'.

July 10, 2014: 'What if everything we know about poor countries' economies is totally wrong?' An interview with Morten Jerven.

July 14, 2014: Congratulations to John Harriss, Martha Snodgrass and Thanh Lam for yet another Serial Publication, University Publication Fund Grant award in support of their work with the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.

July 16, 2014: Adjunct Professor, Paul Meyer along with two other former Canadian ambassadors for disarmament authored an op-ed critiquing the recent report of the Senate Committee recommending Canada's participation in the US ballistic missile defense program. The piece appeared in today's issue of Embassy.

September 26-27, 2014: Morten Jerven will be a keynote speaker at Nordic Africa Days 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden.

January 18-20, 2015: Michael Howard will be at the 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium, "Connecting Centuries of Tradition" at Payap University and at the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre.