The Society of International Relations (Rahvusvaheliste Suhete Ring – RSR) is a student organisation at the University of Tartu uniting students interested in international relations. RSR organises lectures and radio broadcasts dealing with a different international topic every week. Once a year, RSR chooses the best article about foreign policy in Estonian media and awards the author a prize. About once a month, RSR itself also writes foreign policy articles for the Estonian newspaper Müürileht. What is more, RSR’s memory quiz is held every autumn and spring as a part of the student days at University of Tartu. At least once a year, a field trip to some institution dealing with foreign affairs is organised. Our guests-lecturers include politicians, civil servants, researchers/scholars, businessmen and other people active in international relations.
RSR was founded in October 7th, 1963. Our alumni includes several prominent figures, who visit our lectures from time to time. The members of RSR’s Large Circle (everyone taking part in our events becomes member of the Large Circle) and Inner Circle (volunteers organising the events etc) come from different faculties and fields, such as political science, law and history.
Every Tuesday at 6 o’clock in the evening (plus “an academic quarter”, meaning 6:15) RSR meets up in a pub called Pahad Poisid (Küüni 2, Tartu). The lectures are held in Estonian and/or English, depending on the lecturer.
Anna Linda Tomp
President of the Society of International Relations