Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University


CIRP Director, Kiron K. SkinnerKiron K. Skinner, Director, Institute for Politics and Strategy; Director, Institute for Strategic Analysis; Director, Center for International Relations and Politics; Faculty Director, Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program

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.

Norman NaimarkDr. Norman Naimark, "Horses of the Apocalypse: War and Genocide," Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:30-5:45pm, Baker Hall A53

Kiron Skinner

IPS Director and Executive Committee Member, Kiron Skinner, wrote an article which is featured in the American Interest, titled "Reagan As History".

Baruch Fischhoff

CIRP Faculty Affiliate, Baruch Fischhoff, was recently interviewed in a Washington Post article about confidence in politicians.

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The Institute for Politics and Strategy has launched a new website. Read about it here!


CIRP Faculty Affiliate, George Loewenstein, recently wrote about Why We Play the Powerball.

summer 2015 friedman recipients pose during a 4th of July event at the White House.

Interested in funding for a summer internship in Washington, DC? Attend an upcoming Friedman Internship information session in Porter Hall 223D at 4:30pm on January 20 or February 9 to learn more!

David Danks

David Danks, CIRP Faculty Affiliate, is probing an emerging field of the ethics of cyberwarfare.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns visited campus on November 10, 2015 and served as the guest speaker for Institute for Politics and Strategy launch event. Read more about his visit in this Tartan article.