• Lehigh is among the very few major universities in the United States with a separate Department of International Relations (IR).
    Come to Know World Politics Lehigh is among the very few major universities in the United States with a separate Department of International Relations (IR).
  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) delivers remarks at the unveiling ceremony of “The Ark of Return” (left), the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
    Seek to Understand Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) delivers remarks at the unveiling ceremony of “The Ark of Return” (left), the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
  • Security Council Considers Situation in Yemen.  National and international leaders bring their insights to Lehigh. IR students often have opportunities to meet with leading policy makers.
    Get Real World Experience. Security Council Considers Situation in Yemen. National and international leaders bring their insights to Lehigh. IR students often have opportunities to meet with leading policy makers.
  • Pharrell Williams, singer songwriter, at the General Assembly during the special event on the o.cas2.on of the International Day of Happiness (20 March) with the theme “Young People in Support of Climate Action”.
    Discover Fresh Perspectives Pharrell Williams, singer songwriter, at the General Assembly during the special event on the o.cas2.on of the International Day of Happiness (20 March) with the theme “Young People in Support of Climate Action”.
  • In the wake of Russia’s financial crisis, says IR Professor Dinissa Duvanova, the Russian ruble has been severely devalued. (Photo courtesy of Corbis Images)
    Examine the Political Dimensions of Trade, Finance, and Development In the wake of Russia’s financial crisis, says IR Professor Dinissa Duvanova, the Russian ruble has been severely devalued. (Photo courtesy of Corbis Images)
  • IR students have to opportunities to develop programs that have an international impact.
    Make a Difference IR students have to opportunities to develop programs that have an international impact.

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.

Careers in International Affairs

A major in international relations prepares students for careers in government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, international business, and teaching and research.  Please click on the header to find out more...

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.

 

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News

In an exclusive interview, International Relations Professor Arman Grigoryan discusses Armenia's future in its attempt to achieve peace with its neighbors and fulfill its full democratic potential.  See the full interview here.

International Relations Professor He was quoted in a Washington Post article titled "Make China Great Again! Xi leads China into muscular new era". The article relates to nationalism in China under President Xi. The article can be found here.

Lehigh's Yinan He gave two talks in Japan recently. The first talk was at Waseda University in Tokyo, where Professor He discussed Chinese identity in relationship with Sino-Japanese relations (see flyer above). The second talk was delivered at Ritsumeikan University where she talked about the China's Dream and Sino-Japanese relations.

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