Yale International Relations Association

Building a community to promote the education and debate of global affairs.

The Yale International Relations Association, Inc. (YIRA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit student organization at Yale University. Founded in 1969 by a group of individuals who wished to promote a better understanding of global affairs after the events of the turbulent 1960s, YIRA’s mission is to raise awareness of and foster debate about international relations and global affairs, through a number of unique programs. These programs include the Security Council Simulation at Yale (SCSY); the Yale Model United Nations Conference (YMUN); the Model United Nations Team at Yale (MUNTY); Hemispheres; and the Yale Review of International Studies; as well as a series of speaker events; international trips; conferences in cities across the world; and the Yale Model United Nations Institute (YMUNI). YIRA also enjoys consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. With 1,000 members hailing from more than 30 countries and pursuing virtually all courses of study, YIRA is one of the largest and most diverse student organizations at Yale University.