International History and Politics

Study and research today’s global challenges.

The International History and Politics Department of the Geneva Graduate Institute offers a unique opportunity to study and research today’s global challenges in their historical context. 

Understand the present, prepare the future

A Unique Programme

Situated in the heart of international Geneva, the International History and Politics Department is ideallly positioned to monitor and examine the making of international policies and the global history that stands behind them.

International Geneva is a hub of constant activity for national and international, public and private actors. Here, peace agreements are signed, international IT protocols are negotiated, environmental advocacy, public health policies, financial, economic, conflict and security issues are imagined, debated, and enforced. This has been the case for over a century, and International Geneva continues to actively shape the future.

The MA and PhD Programs in International History and Politics examine the complex challenges of the 21st century.  We do so by constantly questioning conventional wisdom and by taking into account a multiplicity of national, transnational and global actors and perspectives.  Our wide-ranging and constantly evolving curriculum is exceptionally strong in the areas of politics, development, conflict and security, environment, humanitarianism, commerce and finance, health and culture.

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Featuring transnational reproductive rights, and a general archive collected by students and researchers, the Oral History Archive is a new contribution from the International History & Politics Department.

Access the full archive here.



NATO expansion past, present and future

In this episode of What Matters Today, Professor Jussi Hanhimäki examines what has been achieved during the latest NATO summit in Vilnius and discusses how expansion impacts the alliance.


France Riots

The death of 17-year-old French-Algerian Nahel Merzouk, killed by a police officer on 27 June in Nanterre, France sparked urban riots across France.  Listen to guest Professor Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou, who is Deputy Director of the Geneva Graduate Institute, as well as Professor of International History and Politics and Director of Executive Education.



With guest speaker Professor Mohamed Mahmoud MOHAMEDOU

Transnatinal podcast

the Transimperial History Podcast

Supported by the Pierre du Bois Foundation.
While history is rooted in the past, it is also forward-looking, providing valuable insights into how we can navigate the present and future. Listen to the Podcasts and gain full access to the dossier here.



A unique collection of stock exchange lists covering more than 40 markets in all continents for 150 years.

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Decolonisation: Then and Now

A special dossier of Global Challenges co-produced by the Department of International History and Politics

Access the full dossier with more articles here.

Upcoming events


International History and Politics Forum

Tuesdays: 16:15 - 18:00
Pour l'histoire du temps présent

Fondation Pierre du Bois

A partner organisation of the International History and Politics Department
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History Brunches

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Global History Seminar


International History and Politics - OCTOBER 2023

  • 2023 Annual Pierre du Bois Conference
  • Oral History Archive
  • Student News
  • New Podcasts with Professors. Mohamedou, Rodogno, Hanhimäki, Rusterholtz
  • New Research Project with Professor Rui Esteves

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INTERNATIONAL HIstory and Politics- April 2022

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Colonial and Racist Heritage in the Monuments of Geneva - A study by Professors Mohamedou and Rodogno for the city of Geneva

HIstories and Politics- April 2021

  • Priya Satia, the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History in the Department of History of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, discusses her latest book, Time’s Monster – How History Makes History.
  • Professor Amalia Ribi Forclaz explores the relationship between food, agriculture and the development narrative.
  • Visiting Fellow Adam Bence Balazs writes on Lateness as a Political Perspective in Europe.
  • The Department of International History and Politics will be welcoming two Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Eccellenza Professorial Fellows, Dr. Antoine Acker and Dr. Mischa Suter.

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Priya Satia, the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History in the Department of History of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University discusses her latest book,

HIstories - NOVEMBER 2020

  • Professor Carolyn Biltoft writes on the Myth, Misinformation and the Writing of History.
  • Recent Ph.D. graduate Jonathan Matthew Schmitt discusses History, Law, Nation and the Indigenous Polity.
  • Carlo Eduardo Altamura writes on Historicising the Financial Dimensions of Authoritarianism in Latin America.
  • International History doctoral student Paroma Ghose wins the 2020 Pierre du Bois Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in International History.

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Graduate Institute Director Marie-Laure Salles, Paroma Ghose, Pierre du Bois Foundation President Irina du Bois and Professor Mahmoud Mohamedou

HIstories - April 2020

  • The International History Department has introduced ten new courses for its students, with plans to further expand the curriculum.
  • Professor Carolyn Biltoft and colleagues launch a New Academic Journal on History and Economics.
  • Professor Michael Goebel reflects on Urban Socioeconomic Equality and Globalisation. 
  • EUI Fellow Grace Ballor discusses Reconstructing the History of the Single Market.

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Students in Professor Mohamedou and Professor Rodogno's class An International History of Racism

HIstories - October 2019

  • A conversation on the History of International Relations with Robert Vitalis
  • The Pierre Du Bois 2019 Conference tackles Global Capitalism
  • Professor Susanna Hecht discusses Deforestation in the New Authoritarian Era
  • Professors Gopalan Balachandran and Davide Rodogno explain why Student Podcasts are the Way Forward.

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Robert Vitalis at the International History Forum

HIstories - April 2019

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Histories - November 2018


  • Environmental History at the 2018 Annual Pierre du Bois Conference
  • Talking Global History with Professor Michael Goebel
  • Connecting Histories by Professor Gopalan Balachandran
  • Exploring Economic Networks and History with Professor Rui Esteves

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Maison de la paix
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A
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The Maison de la paix is located at Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, on the corner of Avenue de France. You may take tram 15 until the Maison de la paix stop or, alternatively, walk a few minutes from the stop at Place des Nations.