About Us

Oxford International Relations Society was founded in 2009 with the aim of delivering the arguments of scholars, policy-makers, and commentators through weekly speaker events on wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary topics. The society publishes its flagship journal Lighthouse once a term, as well as podcasts, blogs, and daily news bulletins. IRSoc also leads trips to think-tanks Chatham House and IISS to connect Oxford students with the wider IR community.

Manual Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, speaks to the society.

Manual Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, speaks to the society.


We hold regular events with high-profile speakers. Past speakers have included Joseph Nye, the notable academic behind 'soft-power', Dr. M. Levent Yilmaz, Chief Economist to President Erdogan, and Marina Kaljurand, former Estonian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Event entry is free for members and typically £3 for non-members.

To find out more, please visit our Events page.


Lighthouse is the society's flagship journal and is printed once a term. It includes articles from across the student body in Oxford.

To read past issues and find out more about writing for Lighthouse, please visit the journal's page

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The society has links with London based IR think-tanks the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Chatham House. We aim to organise trips exclusively for IRSoc members once a term to connect with the professional IR community.  


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The society's blog is published every week during term on issues ranging from climate change to national identities.

To find out more, please visit our blog.

                                                  The Beacon

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The Beacon is a regular student-produced podcast that focuses on one issue or theme in the world. Each show we interview academics, journalists and other global officials to get a range of perspectives and explore the debates surrounding these issues.

To find out more and listen to past episodes, please visit The Beacon's page.

The IRSoc Daily


IRSoc Daily is an international news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox Monday-Friday during term. You'll receive a roundup of stories covering each region of the world. We've taken all the hard work out of keeping up with international affairs for you - all you have to do is subscribe.

To find out more, please visit The IRSoc Daily's page.