Welcome to the IR Department
Lehigh is among the very few major universities in the United States with a separate Department of International Relations (IR). Lehigh's distinctive organization is matched by the excellence of its teaching and research programs. It is not an exaggeration to say that we offer an undergraduate education in International Relations that is among the very best in the country. The IR Department has a full-time faculty of seven committed teachers and dedicated scholars, who collectively teach roughly 300 students each semester and advise over 130 majors. They have also earned national and international visibility through the quality of their scholarship.
A major in international relations prepares students for careers in government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, international business, and teaching and research.
Faculty News Spotlight
Dinissa Duvanova, Assistant Professor in the International Relations department, recently received the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. Read about her perspective in the following article: Financial Crisis Raises Large Russian Question Mark
Open Letter on the Hostility of Middle Eastern Governments and Media to Foreign Researchers and Journalists Re: Henri J.Barkey
"The undersigned individuals have all worked or lived in the Middle East, as scholars, academics, journalists, or members of non-governmental organizations. We are American citizens. Our work is a testimony to our deep appreciation for the rich history, culture, and politics of the modern Middle East. We believe in the need to study the governments and peoples of this pivotal region and their complex relations with the United States objectively and unapologetically. Many of us have spent most of our careers trying to foster better understanding between the two worlds in which we live and work...This is why we find the recent case of Henri J. Barkey, an American scholar of modern Turkey, particularly alarming... " Read More...
Conflict and Dialogue
Henri Barkey examines the ever-changing landscape of international politics.
Understanding overseas political affairs, particularly in the Middle East, can often seem like reading tea leaves. Countries are divided internally, factions contend for command, and competition for power between military and civilian governments continue to feed conflict... Read More.
International Relations professor Norrin Ripsman is giving a talk at Rutgers University regarding Neoclassical Realist Theory.
Professor Dinissa Duvanova won a 2017 Fulbright scholarship for her upcoming research in Kazakhstan. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Government as an international educational exchange program at Lehigh.
Lehigh Student Wins Distinguished Scholarship
(Spring 2017) Senior Toni Isreal, who triple majored in International Relations/Modern Languages, Africana Studies and Global Studies was one of 100 students to receive the Boren Scholarship. The Boren Scholarship awards $20,000 to study a language in a country that is critical to US national security. Isreal will be completing her studies of Arabic at Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan in a year long abroad progran. Following the completion of her studies, Isreal will work for the federal government, in accordance with the public service aspect of the scholarship. Isreal is the first Lehigh University student to ever win this scholarship.
Professor Henri Barkey, of Lehigh University's International Relations Department, was among those accused of plotting a coup in Turkey in July 2016. Barkey, who was in Turkey for a conference at the time of the coup, was suspected of abetting FETO, the Turkish terrorist group allegedly responsible for attempting to overthrow the government.
As of July 15, 2017, the Chief Public Prosecutors Office in Istanbul launched a new probe into seventeen American citizens including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Former CIA Director John Brennan, and Henri Barkey. Turkey is reopening the investigation to see if a link can be drawn from the suspects to FETO. This investigation comes in conjunction with a referendum that provided the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with more expansive control of the government.