The Society


Who are we?

10634025_765689193476912_1510094561685498651_oThe Australian National University’s International Relations Society is one of the largest
student-run organisations at the ANU. Our members include ANU students, staff and many from beyond the ANU community. Some student organisations are centred on particular degrees or specialisations, but we think the subject matter is all that counts – you only need to be interested in the world around you to be a member of the Society!

Many of our members are completing a Bachelor of International Relations, others have a major in International Relations, and many more are either interested in International Relations as a subject or have a personal interest in international affairs. Others just enjoy the breadth of topics covered by our events, and enjoy the opportunity to find out about all the events we run each year.

Our Patron

gareth_evans_patronThe Society is honoured to have Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, one of Australia’s longest serving Foreign Ministers as our patron. Professor Evans has devoted his life to foreign affairs and international relations and has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since 2010.

His experience in the area of international relations is rich and diverse. Apart from his work as Australia’s Foreign Minister, he has co-chaired both the Intervention and State Sovereignty Committee (2000-01), and Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (2008-10), was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change (2004), the Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction (2006) and the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention.

In a statement to the Society, Mr Evans said he was happy to accept the position as Patron, following on from Professor Kim Beazley.

Our History

historyThe ANU International Relations Society was formed in May of 2004 by Eleonor Geoghegan, a Third Year IR Student, who decided that since there were so many people studying IR (nearly 500 new students each year), we really should have our own Society. Since then, the Society has gone from strength to strength.

The Society was founded with three main aims:

  • To promote the academic study of International Relations and Politics in the University environment;
  • Facilitate the interaction of International Relations Students with each other in order to support each other, and enhance the learning experience;
  • To give a social setting for those studying International Relations to further the enjoyment of study and allow them to interact with future colleagues and/or employers.

The society advances these aims mainly through its events: lectures, social events, careers fairs and embassy visits.
The Australian National University has a long history of teaching International Relations – and has strong links with leading foreign universities on account of its International Relations programme. Many lecturers and professors at the ANU have had, and continue to have, significant international authority in their own areas of expertise, as well as teaching positions at other world leading universities.