International Affairs Organization

The International Affairs Organization includes students interested in world affairs, politics, cultures, economics, and history. The goal of IAO is to expose Bradley University students and the Peoria community to issues of international relevance through the presentation of distinguished speakers, annual forums, and other international related events.

In addition, the group meets informally with citizens of other nations who are visiting Peoria and sponsors various other social events. Other activities include Happy Hour, fun activities (visiting a corn maze, roller skating, volleyball, etc), contributing articles to the student newspaper Global Times Review, and others.

Some of our past events include:

  • Speakers:
    • US Policy in the Middle East, Sen. James Abourezk (ret.), April 2004;
    • Latin America and US Immigration Policy, Amb. Diego Acensio (ret.), October 2004.
    • International Human Rights, International Dispute Resolution, and the Future Role of International Law, Dr. Mark E. Wojcik, April 2005;
    • Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: How Effective?, Mr. Jose Luis Herrero, August 2005;
    • UN Reform in an Age of New Threats, Mr. Gerald Anderson, U.S. Department of State, March 2006;
    • The Crisis in Sudan, Mr. Mohamed Yahya, April 2006;
    • Keystrokes and Combat: Israel & Hezbollah, Mr. Bret Lugo, November 2006;
    • Encountering Arabs and their Culture, Dr. Margaret Nydell, September 2007.
  • Forums:
    • Sanctions: Effective Policy or Complete Failure? April 26, 2000.
      • George Lopez, Director of Peace Studies at Notre Dame; Dennis Halliday, Nobel Peace Price Nominee and former Director of U.N. Oil for Food in Iraq; Kathy Kelly, Activist for Voices in the Wilderness; Dr. Shah Tarzi, Lee L. Morgan Chair, Bradley University, Moderator.
    • Israeli and Palestinians: Prospects for Peace? April 18, 2001.
      • Dr. Jamal Nassar, Illinois State University; David Roet, Deputy Consul of Israel in Chicago; Tom Dowling, US Department of State Deputy Director of the Office of Near East and South East Asian Analysis; Dr. Shah Tarzi, Lee L. Morgan Chair, Bradley University, Moderator.
    • Globalization and Human Rights, April 3, 2002
      • Dr. Robert Aliber, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; Dr. Kevin Danaher, Co-founder of the Global Exchange; David Williams, International Trade Specialist; and Dr. Shah Tarzi, Lee L. Morgan Chair, Bradley University, Moderator.
    • Foreign Aid: Can It Work?, April 15, 2003
    • The Effectiveness of the UN in the 21st Century, April 14, 2004
      • Dr. Paul Diehl, University of Illinois; Dr. Chadwick Alger, Ohio State University; Dr. Juergen Dedring, City University of New York; Mr. Sebastian Rosato, University of Chicago; Dr. Jeanie Bukowski, Bradley University, Moderator.
    • Iran: A Threat to Global Security? , November 15, 2006
      • Dr. Thomas Mattair and Mr. Jim Phillips.
  • Other:
    • Grameen Bank Talent Show Fundraiser 2001, 2002, 2003
      • Showcases the talents of Bradley students while raising money for an international micro credit institution, the Grameen Bank.
    • Global Times Review

Anyone interested in topics of international relevance such as terrorism, globalization, the WTO, nuclear proliferation and others are welcome to join our organization. All majors are welcome.

If you have further questions and comments please call the Institute of International Studies (309) 677-2450.

Faculty Advisor: Jeanie Bukowski