CIRS is a non-partisan, student-run academic society focused on creating an engaging environment where students from all faculties and disciplines can come together to express their passion for international relations.
This is accomplished by hosting various events, from political discussion nights to embassy/high commission visits, and a whole lot more! Our goal is not only to educate and expose our members to new and provocative issues within the domain of international affairs, but to also encourage leadership, participation, and success through connections.
Join us at our many dynamic events!
In our general meetings, we debrief what CIRS is all about, introduce our executive team, discuss the events and outings we conduct, and answer questions! Memberships are registered during our general meeting, and continue to be processed throughout the academic year.
U.S. Embassy Visit 2018
CIRS prides itself with its excellent relationships with many embassies, high commissions, and delegations in Ottawa! We aim to participate in an embassy visit each month as a way to learn and form tangible connections with ambassadors and diplomats representing countries across the world.
POLITICS OVER COFFEE
Politics Over Coffee provides the opportunity for more intimate discussions with a professional in the field of international relations, typically specializing in a specific topic! The professional could be a delegate, researcher, employee, or professor. This is also a great time to socialize and connect with the professional and other members, all while enjoying delicious hot beverages!
CONFERENCES WITH IR PROFESSIONALS
EU Panel Discussion 2019
CIRS is often invited to attend and participate in special opportunities such as conferences, symposiums, and panels! CIRS also has held their own "End of the Year" panel discussion, such as on Migration in the European Union. The panel included special guests from the embassies of Spain and Germany, a representative of the EU, and Professor Howard Duncan, an expert in migration and diaspora studies at Carleton.
Our social events are a fun way to celebrate CIRS members and the conclusion of the academic year! Events like these entail food and drinks!
IR MEDIA RECOMMENDATIONS
Check monthly to keep up to date with CIRS in our IR media discussions!
Meet the people behind the events for this year!
Program and Year: 3rd year in Bachelor of Arts: Criminology and Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Law.
IR Interest: Socio-political histories of various states and international institutions.
Fun Fact: I love dancing in my room!
Deputy of Finance and Membership
Program and Year: 4th year in Bachelor of Arts: Political Science with a Concentration in International Relations.
IR Interest: Migration, American Foreign Policy, NATO-U.S. Relations, and Humanitarian Aid.
Fun Fact: Everyone tells me I look like Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory!
Program and Year: 2nd Year in Bachelor of Journalism and Political Science Combined Honours with a Concentration in North American Politics.
IR Interest: Issues affecting women and gender minorities.
Fun Fact: I have a personal library consisting of over 500 books!
Program and Year: 2nd Year of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a Specialization in International Policy Studies.
IR Interest: Identity Politics and Middle Eastern Relations.
Fun Fact: Over the quarantine I made 50+ baked goods!