Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies

Named after one of Palestine’s prominent contemporary internationalist thinkers and academics, the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS) was established in 1998 as Birzeit’s graduate institute of international studies.

Through its various programs, IALIIS engages a broad diversity of issues in politics, diplomacy and foreign policy, especially by offering an integrated and interdisciplinary MA program. 

The Institute seeks to contribute to knowledge and development in Palestine, by building the analytical skills of Palestinian students in the understanding of their long-term political, economic and legal struggle for freedom and independence. Therefore, IALIIS places great importance on the ongoing capacity building of administrative, research and teaching staff as well as students and recent graduates. Moreover, the Institute contributes regularly to community awareness and education through its ongoing activities which provide interactive platforms to discuss significant issues, faced by Palestinians, in relation to the Institute’s fields of interest. IALIIS is thus a part of a large network of similar local, Arab and international academic centers and think tanks.