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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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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)

Special Issue on Taiwan's elections

Following the dramatic mid-term election result in Taiwan on 24 November, SGIA's Dr Gordon Cheung has edited a special virtual issue on ‘The Dynamics of Taiwan’s Changing Politics and Cross-Strait Relations’.

(30 Nov 2018)

Latest Al-Sabah Publication Number 26, December 2018

China and the Middle East: Redefining the International Order? In this paper Dr John Calabrese examines the arc of China’s relations with the Middle East, focusing especially on the period since Xi Jinping assumed the presidency.

(21 Nov 2018)

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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