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Welcome to the Institute for Politics and Strategy

Founded in 2015, the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) is a university-wide institute for research and undergraduate and graduate education in the fields of political science, international relations, national security, and grand strategy. IPS is dedicated to the study of politics through the discipline of political science with support from other social sciences. In this way, IPS carries on a respected tradition of interdisciplinary political science at Carnegie Mellon University. IPS also builds upon the university’s rich heritage of applying basic science to issues of common concern, problem solving, and public policy. 

At IPS, analytical social science and interdisciplinary research and teaching are used to better understand, explain, anticipate, and solve public policy problems. We employ scientific methods to expand our comprehension of the organization of human society around the exercise of power, in our own country and around the globe. In this way, we foster in students the ability to think, research, and write about politics systematically. In the opening two decades of the 21st century, the years in which our current students were born and have come of age, the world has become more interconnected but not less complex and challenging. More often these days, problems faced by one society are faced by many societies – including economic development, mobility, equality, public health, freedom and security.

Read the rest of the IPS vision statement here.

IPS News and Events


"The current President of the United States and the current Senate of the United States have a responsibility to fill the position. It's been done before." IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox Business to discuss the vacancy on the Supreme Court as the election looms.

For more IPS faculty publications and media appearances, visit our News and Events page.


We are pleased to announce the release of our annual report, which details the accomplishments of IPS students and faculty during the past adacemic year and the adaptation to the challenges of remote instruction.


Cristina Pullen, an International Relations and Politics additional major and Spring 2020 Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program cohort member, is one of eight Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences seniors to be named a 2021 Andrew Carnegie Scholar! Learn more.


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cmu_msirp_brochure.jpgThis fall, the first cohort of IPS' Master' Degree in International Relations and Politics has enrolled at Carnegie Mellon. Learn more about the new program and how to apply.

wiis-logo.pngThe Institute for Politics and Strategy is starting a Women in International Security chapter at Carnegie Mellon. For more information or if you are interested in joining, contact IPS Postdoctoral Fellow Madison Schramm.