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
Integrating the Art and Science of Wargaming: Andrew Reddie and Bethany L. Goldblum
Andrew W. Reddie is the founder and faculty director for the Berkeley Risk and Security Lab and is an assistant professor of practice in cybersecurity at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Information, where he works on projects related to cybersecurity, nuclear weapons...Read more about Integrating the Art and Science of Wargaming: Andrew Reddie and Bethany L. Goldblum
The Rise and Demise of World Communism | Book Talk
Crisis in Ukraine: The Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe? | Panel
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