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Collection Development Policies

Information for faculty and students regarding the collection development policies of the Graduate Institute Library

Politics, International Relations and International Security

The Library holds an extensive collection in the field of international relations and political science. It was historically built up by the library of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (created in 1927) and the library of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (created in 1961).

It has received many donations over the years, including documents dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The Library holds a large collection of diplomatic documents of the major great powers.  

Main subjects

  • International relations, bilateral and multilateral, worldwide
  • Theory of international relations and foreign policy
  • Gender in international relations
  • International security, intra-State or inter-State conflicts, conflict resolutions, post-conflict situations
  • Political violence in general
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Democratisation and civil society
  • International migrations
  • Comparative politics
  • Relations between religion and politics (Yves Oltramare Chair)

The former Graduate Institute of International Studies library had also built up an extensive collection of books dealing with socialist ideologies and movements, the Soviet Union, and other socialist countries.