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The International Affairs Group (IAG) recognizes the diversity in “International Affairs” and the events we host reflects this variety. IAG is a student organization run by UCSD's International House. IAG’s mission statement is to heighten “our understanding of global issues and increasing our awareness of the world in which we live”. We achieve this by bringing experts to dispel our stereotypical notions and provide us with in-depth factual information. IAG is a group that plays a leading role in the international dimension of campus life through speaker series, seminar discussions, student panels, film screening, and informal presentations. 

We host events every week at the Great Hall, typically on Mondays at 7pm.  Some of our highlight events this quarter include: Global Opportunities (which provided students information on how to intern with international organizations), “Making Human Rights a Reality” (a talk about the Human Rights systems) , A Taste of Africa (UCSD’s kickoff to San Diego’s African Restaurant Week), and Music and Dance of Philippines (a “hands on event” for attendees). Looking forward, we plan to host a talk regarding International Education, host an event for World Aids Day as well as have a film screening.

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IAG is always looking for volunteers and collaborators to help us achieve success in our program. If you believe you can contribute to IAG or have any questions please feel free to contact this year’s fellow, Christal Simanski at iag.ucsd@gmail.com    

Winter Schedule 2014

Movie Screening of 'Offside'

Monday, February 3rd, 7pm.

Join IAG as we host a movie screening of 'Offside'. Offside is a 2006 Iranian film about girls who try to watch a World Cup qualifying match but are forbidden by law because of their sex. Female fans are not allowed to enter football stadiums in Iran on the grounds that there will be a high risk of violence or verbal abuse against them. The film was shot in Iran but its screening was banned there.

EmPac Fellow: Dr. Charles Zhang

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 5pm 

Speaker: Dr. Charles Zhang, founder, board chair and CEO of Sohu

Understanding the Situation in North Korea.

Monday, February 10th, 7pm

IAG will be hosting Professor Stephan Haggard from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Professor Haggard will be helping us understand the current situation in North Korea.


Tuesday, February 18th, 7pm 

Radical Religious and Violent - book talk by Professor Eli Berman

Monday, Febuary 24th, 7pm

How do radical religious sects run such deadly terrorist organizations? Hezbollah, Hamas, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and the Taliban all began as religious groups dedicated to piety and charity. Yet once they turned to violence, they became horribly potent, executing campaigns of terrorism deadlier than those of their secular rivals. Join IAG has we hear from Professor Berman's approaches the question using the economics of organizations. 

International Women's Day

Monday, March 3rd, 7pm

Join IAG as we celebrate International Women's day. More details about our celebration will be provided soon.

International Affairs Group


Although UC San Diego strives to provide plenty of academic stimulation in the classroom at UC San Diego, the International Affairs Group is here to provide extra learning opportunities for those interested in their global community. This year, we're bringing international economists, musicians, judges, film directors and even film stars to IAG for a program-packed year of international scope. Join us every Monday at 7pm. We promise you a good time if you come with an open mind. 


Students, faculty, and guests interested in IAG are invited to attend weekly meetings, sign up for the IAG listserv, and offer input into the development of future meetings. IAG is open to all and convenes every Monday night at 7pm in the Great Hall.


Who We Are

Christal Simanski 
IAG Fellow

Jamie Anderson
Photography Intern

Holly Chase
Event Manager

Niki Moshiri
Graphics & Media Intern



International Opportunities in San Diego

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