International relations have traditionally been divided into two main areas: international security (studies of war, conflict, peace, etc.) and international political economy (trade, foreign direct investment, international finance, etc.). However, it increasingly encompasses other areas of global concern, including the environment, human rights, and international law, as well as areas that encompass essential areas such as the study of international organization.
Colombia has long been known as one of the best places to study for international security. The International Relations Group works with peers in comparative politics to build one of the most powerful civil war research programs.
The Faculty's faculties use a wide range of theories and methodologies, from formal models to statistical analysis to case studies and archival research. They encourage students to use multiple methods and explore alternative explanations. Most of the group's doctoral students publish revised versions of their dissertations either as a book or as a series of articles.