Research, Dialogue, Scholarship
International Studies at Berkeley
Welcome to IIS
The Institute of International Studies (IIS) at the University of California, Berkeley is a multidisciplinary organized research unit (ORU).
IIS represents an interdisciplinary arena of scholarship characterized by the analysis of connective and systemic dynamics in global politics and economics. International or global studies is distinct from area studies, which tends to focus on understanding individual countries, societies, or regions. International studies is primarily concerned with interactions among states and non-state actors across a multitude of arenas—from security and governance to economic and cultural exchange. It includes the study of cross border movements of people, ideas, money, goods, diseases, pollution, information as well as international institutions, international law, and global governance more generally. The addition of transnational problems that affect the world as a whole, esp. since the 1970s, has expanded the horizons of IIS, and includes phenomena that take place within the borders of one country but are studied across regions, such as migration, civil war, democracy, authoritarianism, humanitarian crises, human rights abuses, globalization, and climate change.
Lectures & Talks
The Institute of International Studies hosted a special panel discussion on Wednesday, March 9 to assess the nuclear risks in the fast-moving Ukraine crisis. Professor Karl van Bibber, (Nuclear Engineering) chaired the discussion. In case you missed it, or would like to listen again, chet...Read more about Crisis in Ukraine: The Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe? | Panel
On January 22, Edward Miguel, Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resources Economics, gave the Keynote Lecture at the 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement, co-hosted by the World Bank and UNHCR, on the topic of “Tracking Refugee Life Outcomes: Initial...Read more about Professor Edward Miguel: Keynote Lecture and Op-ed