Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University


CIRP Director, Kiron K. SkinnerKiron K. Skinner, University Adviser on National Security Policy and Director, Center for International Relations and Politics

Carnegie Mellon University derives its intellectual distinction from research across disciplines as well as from the application of basic science to issues of public policy. Firmly situated in this long-standing tradition, the Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP) uses analytical social science and interdisciplinary research to better understand, explain, anticipate, and solve public policy problems. CIRP is formally associated with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Computer Science. Faculty and students associated with CIRP are drawn from these academic units as well as from the Tepper School of Business. In addition, CIRP is becoming increasingly active in joint initiatives with research centers throughout the United States.

The Center for International Relations and Politics emerged in connection with my directorship of CMU's first full-scale undergraduate teaching program in international relations, introduced in the 1999-2000 academic year. Over time, this burgeoning undergraduate major led to the establishment of CIRP, which has evolved into a university hub for teaching, research, and policy work on domestic and international issues.  In this way, CIRP serves a key role at Carnegie Mellon. Mindful of the unique convening power entrusted to me by the Carnegie Mellon community throughout the years, I look forward to continuing my work with university administrators, faculty, and students as I further develop this center.

Designed to express the vibrancy of CIRP at Carnegie Mellon University, this site is your guide to the research, teaching, cocurricular activities, and intellectual partnerships the center undertakes as it seeks to contribute to a better understanding of public policy issues in the nation and the world.  I encourage CMU students and faculty as well as statesmen, policy makers, journalists, interested citizens, and scholars throughout the world to review this site and join my colleagues and me in applying analytical social science and interdisciplinary scholarship to all aspects of the public policy process.


Andrew Bausch, CIRP Visiting Fellow, "Coup-Proofing and Military Inefficiencies: An Experiment", Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 4:30-5:30pm, Baker Hall A51.

General Austin

General Lloyd J. Austin III, "United States Central Command’s Strategic Role in Our Nation’s Defense”, Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:00-7:00pm, Rashid Auditorium. To register, please email:


Former Supreme Court Justice David Souter, "The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation", Friday, October 10, 2014, 1:00-2:00pm, McConomy Auditorium. Registration required.

Colin ClarkeDr. Colin Clarke discusses the language of terrorism and breaking down the code of ISIS.
Baruch FischhoffJulie Downs
A special issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences features the work of several CMU researchers, including CIRP Faculty Affiliates, Baruch Fischhoff and Julie Downs.

Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, recently published an OpEd in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog: A Broad Approach to Countering the Islamic State.

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SureshDr. Subra Suresh was recently featured in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Summer 2014 Bulletin: Intellectual Diversity and the Heart of the Matter.