The institute was established in 1998 as the Graduate Institute of International Studies, offering the MA program in international studies, which was created in 1994. In 2002, the institute was renamed in honor of its founder, Professor Ibrahim Abu-Lughod (1929-2001). IALIIS houses Palestine's first and only graduate program in international studies. Its academic purview has now expanded to include two concentrations or minors in the fields of forced migration and refugees, and diplomacy. The institute is also the venue of Birzeit University's Palestinian Archive Project (BZUPAP). In the extracurricular domain, we offer training, research and publication opportunities for students and faculty, as well as regular international and local conferences, workshops and symposia. IALIIS is a valuable Palestinian resource for global reflection and advocacy with its ever-expanding library, online resources, and interactive website that posts in-depth analyses and policy papers.
Our Mission and Vision
Our mission is to contribute to knowledge and development in Palestine, especially by building the analytical skills of Palestinian students in the understanding of the long-term political, economic and legal struggle of Palestinians. To this end, we offer a demanding and integrated graduate program in international politics, history, law and economics leading to the Masters of Arts degree in international studies. We also place great importance on the ongoing capacity building of administrative, research and teaching staff as well as students and recent graduates. We also contribute regularly to community awareness and education through ongoing outreach activities. We are thus a part of a large network of local, Arab and international academic cooperation.
Our vision is to remain a focal point of international studies at Birzeit University and in Palestine, to continue to attract the best graduate students from all parts of Palestine and beyond. The goal is to conduct pioneering, critical, and comparative scientific research on global issues, especially those related to the evolution of international society, forced migration and refugees, regional and diplomatic studies, international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as peace and conflict resolution studies.