Welcome to IRES

The Department of International Relations and European Studies (IRES) is a center of excellence for education, training and research.

IRES integrates international relations research with regional expertise in the European Union and the wider European neighborhood, Central and East Asia, and the Middle East. Attention is paid to the evolving role of the EU, Russia, China, and the US in international affairs, the rise of new powers and the role of non-state actors in world politics and the global economy. IRES combines international relations theory, international political economy and security studies with multidisciplinary approaches to the study of transnational, national and sub-national politics.

The department’s devotion to the time-honored traditional canons of international relations theory and to the two major sub-disciplines of security studies and international political economy forms the foundation of the program content, complemented by a necessarily multi-disciplinary approach to the study of EU integration and expansion and the EU’s relations with countries in the Eastern neighborhood, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa.

This highly competitive program provides an enriching environment that generates research on relevant topics in a globalizing world. A multidisciplinary faculty (including scholars from international relations, history, law, economics, political science, and political geography) and a broad scope of course offerings attract top-level graduate students from around the world. The student/faculty ratio for the Department of International Relations and European Studies is 5:1.

Interest in, and respect for, cultural, national and religious diversity are highly valued at IRES, which has one of the most diverse faculty and student populations at CEU. We encourage our students to think of IR scholarship as an historically and culturally contingent practice and to enter the classroom prepared to contribute to an ongoing conversation about international relations and public policy. Above all, IRES is committed to educating a new generation of professionals in the region who will help ensure the peace and stability of Europe and beyond in the 21st century.