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School of Government & International Affairs

School of Government and International Affairs

'Our graduates confidently face the future. They are globally engaged, analytically acute, culturally literate and grounded in a place, Durham, that won’t ever leave them, no matter where in the world they go – and they go everywhere'

Professor John Williams, Head of Department


Undergraduate Study

We offer an education that goes beyond the job market, our education is about being better human beings and good citizens. In a democracy, active citizenship requires awareness, participation plus the ability to understand and assess public debates.



Postgraduate Study

We pride ourselves on turning students into independent researchers who take responsibility for their own learning. With 71% of the Department's research either Internationally Excellent or World Leading (REF 2014) we combine a long tradition of expertise with a depth of specialism that is truly unique.




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Special Virtual Issue: North Korea, China and the international relations of East Asian security

To coincide with the historic moment of the summit held in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, SGIA's Gordon Cheung has compiled a special virtual issue of selected papers written by leading scholars and regional specialists, all of which have been published in East Asia: An International Quarterly between 2004 and 2017, tackling subjects relating to North Korea, China and international relations surrounding East Asian security. 

(12 Jun 2018)

New Junior Research Fellow

The Centre for Political Thought would like to welcome its new Junior Research Fellow Dr. Georgios Giannakopoulos. Georgios will work on the project 'Weather Men: British Intellectuals, National Questions and Imperial Order in Europe in the age of Nationalism and Internationalism' under Julia Stapleton's mentorship.

(11 Jun 2018)

DGSi Working Paper 2, 2018

The Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi) is pleased to announce the publication of Emily Chrystie’s (2018) working paper on ‘The Suspension of Legal and Moral Norms at the EU’s Mediterranean Sea Borders’.

(21 May 2018) » More about DGSi Working Paper 2, 2018