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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. 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: Governing (Im-)Mobilities: International Borders, Borderlands, and Bordercities

The Durham Global Security Institute is hosting a workshop at Durham University from May 30-31, 2019. They are inviting papers that explore international borders, borderlands and bordercities in theoretical, historical-comparative and/or in-depth empirical enquiries. Please contact with the subject heading “Governing (Im-)Mobilities”.

(16 Oct 2018)

Is Just War Possible?

In this engaging new book, Is Just War Possible, Professor Christopher Finlay elucidates the assumptions underlying just war theory and defends them from a range of objections, arguing that it is a regrettable but necessary reflection of the moral realities of international politics.

(15 Oct 2018)

New op-ed:The US could learn to like China’s new IP strategy

Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University, explains why Beijing is now serious about Intellectual Property Rights protection. 

(4 Oct 2018)

Friday 16 November 2018

Workshop: Sectarianism in Not So Sectarian Societies

9:45am to 5:00pm, The Pennington room, Grey College

This workshop will examine theoretical and empirical aspects related to the rise of anti-Shiism in countries devoid of Shiites in the Middle East.

Contact for more information about this event.