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Durham University

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. 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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Call for Papers: Gulf Research Meeting 2019

CfP by doctoral candidate Irfan Aziz, one of the directors of workshop 11 and Advisor of the workshop 7 at the 10th Annual Gulf Research Meeting, 15-18 July 2019, University of Cambridge. Please submit abstracts for Workshop 11: "The Consequences of the Kurdistan Independence Referendum: Relations between KRG- Iran/ the GCC". Or
Workshop 7: "Post-Brexit Britain, Europe and Policy towards Iran and the GCC state: Potential Challenges, and the Possibility of Cooperation". 
Abstract deadline is January 20th, 2019.

(21 Dec 2018)

PhD Funding Opportunity: China Scholarships Council

China Scholarships Council: PhD scholarships are open to applicants from China wishing to study at Durham University. Details can be found here. The deadline for applications is 18 January 2019.

(18 Dec 2018)

Launching the Cambridge University Press Book Series on Intelligence and National Security in Africa and the Middle East

Professor Clive Jones (SGIA) and Professors Rory Miller and Harry Verhoeven of Georgetown University in Qatar have launched their new Cambridge University Press book series on Intelligence and National Security in Africa and the Middle East at a one-day workshop, bringing together leading scholars working on these issues. 

(10 Dec 2018)

Friday 18 January 2019

Not more than a Dent? Long-term Trends in Middle East Democracy since the Arab Spring

12:00pm to 1:45pm, Room 201, Al Qasimi Building, Durham University, Dr. Jan Claudius Völkel, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

All welcome.

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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Nuclearization of Indian Ocean – Implications for South Asia

2:00pm, Room 201, Al Qasimi Building, Durham University, Captain Aqeel Naqvi

India has recently declared operationalization of INS Arihant, India’s first SSBN, with completion of its first deterrent patrol in Nov 2018. In future, India has plans to develop four to five SSBNs and six SSNs. India’s development of a large nuclear submarine force will have damaging effects for deterrence and crisis stability of South Asia.

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