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Former Venezuelan National Assembly Member Adel El Zabayar Indicted on Charges of Narcoterrorism and Links to Hezbollah, July 1, 2020
The US Department of Justice has found connections between a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Hezbollah, and Syria. Postdoctoral Fellow Alma Keshavarz explained the connections in Small Wars Journal.
As more groups turn to violence, ideology begins to blend together. Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke explained the difficulty in sorting it out in an interview with NPR affiliate WXXI.
"To address this rising challenge [of Russia] the United States and NATO could develop a more robust southern strategy with a reinforced air and naval presence, respectively." IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored an opinion piece for Newsweek about Russia's military expansion into the Mediterranean.
What Antifa is, what it isn't, and why it matters, June 23, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored an article for War on the Rocks describing the Antifa movement and whether or not its actions fall under the category of terrorism.
The United States needs an Iran strategy, not a ‘campaign,' June 23, 2020
In an article for The Atlantic Council, incoming IPS Postdoctoral Fellow Alma Keshavarz argued for diplomatic engagement with Iran rather than continued reliance on sanctions.
Klobuchar withdraws name from Biden VP consideration, says woman of color should be on ticket, June 22, 2020
"It would be an amazing feat for the Democrats, but it’ll only work in terms of electoral victory if it helps Biden solidify his base and expand his reach."
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox News’ The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino to discuss Amy Klobuchar removing her name from consideration for the Vice-Presidential nomination, and her advice to Joe Biden on whom to select.
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke spoke to The New York Times about how "self-directed contractors" can exploit the gaps in the visa process for international military students.
White supremacists and other extremist groups are using protests and a pandemic to amplify their message, June 18, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the ways in which white supremacists are exploiting the pandemic and social upheaval.
"These figures transcend their individual acts and have gone on to become martyrs for the movements they represent, helping to drive recruitment and radicalize new followers." Vice talked to IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke for a story about the disruption of a Hungarian neo-Nazi cell.
A soap opera leads the way into post-lockdown Hollywood, June 17, 2020
“If somebody gets it wrong and there are some tragedies as part of the set, everybody will pay the price." Howard Heinz University Professor Baruch Fischhoff discussed the resumption of filming movies and television shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic with Marketplace.
John Bolton hit from both sides of aisle over tell-all book, June 18, 2020
"John Bolton wants to get his story out before the election to make the case for the foreign policy he wanted, but wasn’t able to implement."
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox News' Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner to discuss John Bolton's new book.
Disrupted research provides Dan Silverman's students with important lessons in adaptation, June 18, 2020
IPS Postdoctoral Fellow Dan Silverman's students had to reconfigure their research projects, studying political participation on college campuses, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In doing so, they learned how to navigate unforeseen circumstances.
Too Late to Apologize? Collateral Damage, Post-Harm Compensation, and Insurgent Violence in Iraq, June 18, 2020
Do condolence payments work? This question is important not only for policymakers but also for deeper theoretical debates about how civilians respond to combatant signals in war. IPS Postdoctoral Fellow Dan Silverman examines this issue, including whether or not it reduces insurgent violence in places like Iraq, in his latest article for International Organization.
Virtual discussion of Fight House: Rivalries in the White House, From Truman to Trump, June 18, 2020
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner appeared with Tevi Troy, a former White House aide, in a virtual chat to discuss Troy's new book, "Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump." The Bipartisan Policy Center hosted the discussion, which BPC Director of Governmental Studies John Fortier moderated.
When Are Coups Fake News? June 16, 2020
If headlines and some politicians are to be believed, all is not quiet on the coup front. IPS Postdoctoral Fellow John Chin breaks it down for Political Violence @ a Glance.
Statement from IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner on Ambassador Richard Grenell, June 14, 2020
‘The Safe Way Forward’ Joint Report from the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, and Teamsters on COVID-19 Safety Guidelines to Provide Safe Workplaces in a Pre-Vaccine World, June 12, 2020Howard Heinz University Professor Baruch Fischhoff consulted for the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' report on safely resuming film and television production. Read the full report here.
Richard Grenell, former U.S. ambassador and acting national intelligence director, joins CMU’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, June 12, 2020
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review covers the addition of Ambassador Richard Grenell to the Institute for Politics and Strategy.
COVID-19 and Iran's Political Future, June 12, 2020
Richard Grenell joins IPS as a Senior Fellow, June 9, 2020
“The offices of the Institute for Politics and Strategy in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC have a proven track record for convening leaders throughout the world for research, teaching, and discussion on some of the most pressing global problems."
Richard Grenell, the former United States Ambassador to Germany and former acting director of national intelligence, joined the Institute for Politics and Strategy as a Senior Fellow.
"I understand, as an African American, the fear that we feel from police in our country, from law enforcement, from all kinds of officers, no matter where we go. But this is the time to take racial sentiments that we feel, and that really exist in our society, and focus on research and reason as we make proposals. But immediately defunding the police, and that’s the argument of many in the various movements, would lead to anarchy."
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox News' Trace Gallagher to discuss the notion of defunding police departments as a response to police brutality.
"All of them have agreed that we’re better than what we have experienced around racism, and this idea of power and privilege … They’re saying those with power, with money, with influence, need to move to the front row of responsibility for race and rights in America."
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox News' Trace Gallagher to discuss statements from former presidents on protests, rioting, and unrest in the country following the death of George Floyd.
Making Decisions in a COVID-19 World, June 4, 2020
When is it safe enough to visit a physician’s office, get a dental check-up, shop for clothing, ride the bus, visit an aging or incarcerated relative, or go to the gym? What does it mean that some places are open, but not others, and in one state, but not in a bordering one? How do individuals make sense of conflicting advice about face masks, fomites, and foodstuffs?
These are the questions with which we grapple during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his latest work for the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Making Decisions in a COVID-19 World,” Howard Heinz University Professor Baruch Fischhoff details a path toward synthesizing and distributing the latest information to help the public make informed choices.
Colin Clarke on Bloomberg's 'What'd You Miss?' June 3, 2020
“Why do we feel the need to go over and win hearts and minds in Afghanistan, but not in Detroit? Shouldn’t we apply the same mentality? And frankly, shouldn’t it be easier to operate on our own soil where we don’t have language barriers or culture barriers? We know how to fix the problems here. We need the political will to do it.”
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke has spent his career studying insurgencies and counterinsurgencies. In his “Terrorism and Insurgency” course, his students learn how insurgencies evolved over time and how effective nations have been, both historically and recently, in neutralizing them. In an appearance on Bloomberg News to discuss the riots following the death of George Floyd, Professor Clarke discussed the need to de-escalate, “not … with overwhelming force, but to actually listen, to seek to assuage grievances.”
"There’s an attempt to really figure out the pathway forward. We can’t get there if we have mayhem and destruction and further death of African Americans at the hands of those that are just pure agitators."
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox Business' Evening Edit with Elizabeth MacDonald to discuss the recent rioting and looting.
Democracies usually die in one of two ways: a military coup or an executive self-coup, where a country’s leader aborts the constitutional order, dissolves the national legislature and/or dismisses other regime elites, and assumes extraordinary (dictatorial) powers, IPS Postdoctoral Fellow John Chin wrote in Political Violence at a Glance. The United States has no experience with either.
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke teaches a course called "The Future of Warfare." In this piece that he co-authored for Defense One, he discussed how the conflict in Libya could serve as a blueprint for the future of armed conflict.
Dr. Kiron Skinner: Trump needs to become 'the race president,' June 2, 2020
"We can’t address the race problem with those who would seek to take our attention away from the fundamental problems of our country." IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox News' Trace Gallagher to discuss riots and race relations.
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner, a Fox News contributor, joined Fox's Rick Leventhal to discuss rioting and protests in the US.
Antifa is decentralized to the point of having no identifiable leadership, no specific funding streams, training camps, or strategy for recruitment. IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored a piece for Slate discussing the group.
“The US cannot stay in Afghanistan forever." IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner appeared on Fox News' Fox & Friends First to discuss US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
As the world’s attention focused on the coronavirus pandemic, recent developments in West Africa reveal new forms of unrest between the Sahel’s terrorist and insurgent groups, IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke wrote in Foreign Policy.
The Threat of Jihadist Terrorism in Germany, May 22, 2020
Institute for Politics and Strategy Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored a piece for the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism -- The Hague.
For All Its Success Propping Up Assad, Russia Can't Stabilize Syria Alone. It Needs the West, May 20, 2020
"Russia cannot have its cake in Syria and eat it too. The Kremlin ought not to expect Western aid while Russian aircraft pound targets in Syria with impunity and fortify air and naval bases aimed against NATO's presence in the eastern Mediterranean region."
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored a piece on Russia and Syria for Newsweek.
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke discussed incels and far-right extremism with Global News.
America’s far right is energized by COVID-19 lockdowns, May 17, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke discussed the intersection between the pandemic and the far right in The Economist.
Paul Wolfowitz, the former Ambassador to Indonesia and Deputy Secretary of Defense, joined IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner's "America and the World" class via Zoom.
What drives citizens’ attitudes toward external military intervention in a society experiencing armed conflict? IPS Postdoctoral Fellow Daniel Silverman discusses this in his latest article for Security Studies.
Five myths about coups, May 8, 2020
Many myths and ambiguities surround coups — an illegal seizure of executive power by civilian elites or military actors. IPS Postdoctoral Fellow John Chin discusses five of them.
Few terrorist and insurgent groups have been more successful in taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic than the Islamic State, which has ramped up attacks across Iraq, targeting security forces with impunity, IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke writes in an article for the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Under what circumstances can the government curtail civil liberties? IPS Taube Professor Kiron Skinner's students set to find out, May 6, 2020
Under what circumstances can the government curtail civil liberties?
Students in IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner's "America and the World" class addressed this topic after watching and discussing an episode of the CNN documentary series "The Cold War." The discussion compared the beginning of the Cold War to the current fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and with help from IPS Research Fellow Abby Schachter, the students turned their thoughts and opinions into blog posts. The students used pseudonyms to freely express their thoughts.
"You could not write a political thriller that would match the reality of what’s happening in Venezuela. It’s more than a failed state."
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner, a Fox News contributor, appeared on Fox & Friends First to discuss Venezuela and Nicolas Maduro.
“You need to talk to people that have been there": James Mattis makes virtual class visit, May 1, 2020
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited with IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner's "America and the World" class via Zoom.
The ‘Incel’ Ideology Continues to Build a Strong Following in the Online ‘Manosphere,' April 22, 2020
After college, Lili Turner wants to be an intelligence analyst, and she’ll begin that effort with a head start: For the past few years, she has tracked various groups within the “manosphere,” a network of websites, gaming platforms, and chatrooms dedicated to misogyny in all its forms. Recently Turner, a junior Linguistics and Mandarin Chinese double major who is minoring in the Institute for Politics and Strategy’s Cybersecurity and International Conflict program, reaped the benefits of that work: She co-authored an article with IPS Professor Colin Clarke, for whom she is a teaching assistant in his Terrorism and Insurgency course, for the Global Network on Extremism & Technology.
The article, titled “The ‘Incel’ Ideology Continues to Build a Strong Following in the Online ‘Manosphere,’ examines the incel (short for involuntary celibates) movement, the dark corners of the Internet that allow the movement to thrive, and the terror threats – and acts – the movement has produced.
“We settled on this topic because, as of late, there has been a relatively high amount of buzz surrounding incels and other groups within the manosphere,” Turner said. “The perpetrator of the recent racially-motivated terrorist attack in Hanau, Germany was found to have connections with some of these groups, which is vital to our understanding of how violent white supremacy and extreme misogyny can intermingle.”
For Turner, the study of the incel movement will continue: She plans to propose an honors thesis examining the linguistic mechanisms behind the manosphere in China.
‘There Was An Assumption We Would Be Prepared’: CMU Professor Says U.S. Didn’t Have Public Health Infrastructure In Place To Mitigate Pandemic Fallout, April 23, 2020
In one of the courses that Professor Colin Clarke teaches at CMU’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, he routinely asks students to rank the following threats: terrorism, climate change, nuclear proliferation, global pandemics and trade protectionism.
“And I ask them to vote, one to five, one being most threatening and five being the least, where they see these threats stack up,” Clarke told KDKA.
“And every year without fail, global pandemics comes in at number five.”
Clarke says students normally rank nuclear proliferation number one, followed by terrorism or climate change. But he says now, because of what we’ve learned about our vulnerability, he would put pandemics behind only nuclear threats.
“There was an assumption we would be prepared, as a global community but moreover as the United States, that there would be the public health infrastructure in place to mitigate the fallout from a global pandemic.”
IPS Professor Colin Clarke discusses the intersection of terrorism and the COVID-19 pandemic with USA Today.
"Clarke added that one of the things the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted is that perhaps too much of America's military and security preoccupations have revolved around terrorism and more conventional military threats from well-known enemies.
"'I teach a class where I ask my students to rank the five greatest threats to global security. Global pandemics is one of them. Every year it comes in at No. 5,' he said."
The symposium marked the completion of the final project for students in the IRP/AMP program, which allows Carnegie Mellon students to earn both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in five years by beginning graduate coursework during their senior (fourth) year. The students had ten minutes to present their findings, sharing their slideshows with the rest of the attendees on Zoom, followed by five minutes for questions.
Alumni Spotlight: Cate Yu, April 21, 2020
Cate Yu, who earned a BS in International Relations and Politics and an additional major in French and Francophone Studies in 2013, works as an executive AI recruiter for Amazon’s Market Intelligence team. Her career as a recruiter for two of the world’s biggest and most influential companies taught her the value of adaptability and a wide range of experience.
“Having exposure to broad majors and programs at Carnegie Mellon helped me with that,” Yu said.
The domestic terrorism threats that existed before the pandemic will not cease, argues an article for the Foreign Policy Research Institute co-authored by IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke. Indeed, they may very well be exacerbated by individuals and groups intent on wreaking havoc at a time when first responders, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel are preoccupied.
IPS Professor Molly Dunigan co-authored an article in Defense & Security Analysis titled "Private military contractors' financial experiences and incentives," which analyzes the findings of an original survey of 187 private military contractors on their incentives for working in the industry.
Coronavirus impact on US and China relations, April 12, 2020
Former State Department policy planning director, Fox News contributor, and IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox News' Fox Report Weekend with Jon Scott to discuss the coronavirus' impact on US-China relations.
Through strong student and alumni relations, some creativity, and the wonders of Zoom, IPS created a month of virtual programming after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the CIRP Policy Forum lecture series.
Yesterday’s Terrorists Are Today’s Public-Health Providers, April 8, 2020
By failing miserably in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, governments throughout the world—local, state, and federal—have provided openings and opportunities for violent nonstate actors to fill the void. IPS professor Colin Clarke describes how terrorists, insurgents and criminal organizations are attempting to gain legitimacy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner joined Fox and Friends First to discuss US troop deployments to New York City to bolster the coronavirus response.
IPS postdoctoral fellow Dan Silverman analyzes studies of misinformation during war to determine its effects on the public in the coronavirus pandemic.
This school year, four students became the first from Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar campus to participate in the Washington Semester Program, which allows students from any course of study to live, work and learn in Washington, DC. Each semester, a cohort of roughly 20 students lives together in the Senate Square Building; interns with Congressmen, think tanks and nonprofits; and takes courses in policy, media, intelligence and lobbying at night.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, IPS professor Baruch Fischhoff -- who has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wayne State University and a PhD in the subject from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has studied extensively in risk and decision sciences -- has spoken to many media outlets about the virus and its fallout. Here is some of his latest work.
Seven findings that can help people deal with COVID-19, June 1, 2020
Fear is the most serious virus that can affect humans, April 28, 2020
Beach Access Becomes A Hot Issue, April 24, 2020
After the pandemic, an epidemic of agoraphobia? April 20, 2020
What Is 'Decision Fatigue' and How Does It Affect You? April 14, 2020
Professor Fischhoff, a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st-Century Health Threats, co-authored a letter regarding the effectiveness of homemade masks.
Can the Public be Trusted in a Pandemic? March 27, 2020
Douglas Todd: Keeping calm in an anxious, COVID-19 era, March 19, 2020
Is going to the beach OK? What about hiking? March 23, 2020
IPS professor Baruch Fischhoff lends his expertise to this CNN story about the benefits and risks of outdoor activity during the coronavirus quarantine.
Could Iran’s IRGC Help Spread Coronavirus in Mideast? March 22, 2020
“This is just kind of hitting the pause button for the time being." IPS assistant teaching professor Colin Clarke discussed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the context of the coronavirus.
IPS professor Baruch Fischhoff discusses the reasoning behind the hoarding of toilet paper. “I think that the buying is a vote of no confidence in our authorities who haven’t provided explicit assurances that people will be provided for,” he said.
The People Ignoring Social Distancing, March 17, 2020
“You really can’t trust your intuitions,” IPS professor Baruch Fischhoff told The Atlantic. “For anybody—whether it’s politicians or business leaders, or whoever—who’s been seeing the problem growing and relying on their intuitive feeling for how fast it’s going to grow, they’re going to be in trouble.”
“If people did not find the food that they wanted, they could buy other food,” says IPS professor Baruch Fischhoff. “For toilet paper, there are no substitutes.”
"It would be useful to hear assurances that the supply chain problems have been fixed — and that all the needed toilet paper will be in the stores soon, if that is true. Looking at the empty shelves, there is no way to know." Baruch Fischhoff, a professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, discusses the rush on toilet paper as the coronavirus continues to spread.
European countries close borders as coronavirus rises, March 14, 2020
Baruch Fischhoff, a professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, appeared on BBC Newshour to discuss the coronavirus.
What to Do If Your Anxiety About Coronavirus Feels Overwhelming, March 13, 2020
Baruch Fischhoff, a professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, spoke to SELF about anxiety and the coronavirus. “If you’re following all the available recommendations and making thoughtful decisions, you’re doing the best you can. If things do turn out badly, don’t add the insults of regret and blame to the injury of whatever might go wrong.”
US fight with Iran reignites, March 13, 2020
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner appeared on Fox Business' Evening Edit with Elizabeth MacDonald to discuss rising tensions between the US and Iran.
Baruch Fischhoff, a professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, talked to the LA Times about the responsible consumption of news about the coronavirus. “Remember that the expertise of TV and radio is to keep you listening and to engage you,” he said.
CMU expert: In times of crisis, people want facts, not spin, March 8, 2020
From community programs in Nicaragua to education in Latin America to the mental health of black men, Emily Feenstra, a 2013 Carnegie Mellon alum and IRP major, has spent her career helping those in need.
An Undiplomatic Diplomat Wins Power in Trump’s Washington, March 6, 2020
Richard Grenell, prone to pique and caustic tweets, is running the intelligence agencies in an acting capacity. He could be there for a while. IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner spoke with The New York Times about Grenell's appointment.
Iran May Be Eyeing the United States’ Soft Underbelly, March 6, 2020
Colin Clarke, an IPS Assistant Teaching Professor, co-authored a piece in Foreign Policy examining the historical precedent of Iranian retaliation.
"From a risk analysis perspective, some fear and some worry is legitimate, since the virus is still poorly understood and we don't exactly know what the health effects are or what the social effects are going to be," Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, told ABC.
Coronavirus Is Causing Panic but Not Lawlessness, March 2, 2020
Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, spoke to the New Yorker about panic and the coronavirus. "If you don’t believe that the people whose job it is — whether elected or appointed — to manage a crisis or take care of everyone in a difficult situation, then you think it’s everyone for themselves," he said.
IPS Director and Taube Professor Kiron Skinner, a Fox News contributor, joined Fox Business' Evening Edit with Elizabeth MacDonald to discuss President Xi's reaction to the coronavirus: Had he been more transparent initially, she says, the outbreak might not have spread as far.
Coronavirus and its global sweep stokes fear over facts. Experts say it's unlikely to produce 'apocalyptic scenario,' February 28, 2020
Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, stresses the importance of clear communication during a global health crisis in an interview with USA Today.
Should you travel during the coronavirus outbreak? February 27, 2020
"Find a very small number of sources of information that you trust, and you trust them both because they're competent and because you think they're working on your behalf. Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, talks to CNN about how to decide whether or not to travel as the coronavirus spreads across the globe.
COVID-19 Preparedness: Clinicians Can Lead the Way, February 27, 2020
Baruch Fischhoff, Howard Heinz University Professor at the Institute for Politics and Strategy, talks to Medscape about the coronavirus outbreak.
Separating signal from noise: IPS students participate in an NCTC intelligence simulation, February 27, 2020
During a visit from a National Counterterrorism Center campus recruiter, IPS students not only learned how intelligence analysts try to prevent the next attack before it happens. They walked in those analysts' shoes with a fictional exercise.
“When I think of New Jersey, I certainly don’t think of white supremacy. That’s what’s so bedeviling about the threat from white supremacy. The younger generation getting involved with white supremacist extremism looks just like your next-door neighbor.” IPS assistant teaching professor Colin P. Clarke discussed New Jersey's designation of white supremacy as a major terror threat and its ramifcations for marshaling resources to combat it.
Trump understands US needs to engage with 'unsavory actors' such as Taliban, February 21, 2020
“[President Trump] has said we shouldn’t be in endless wars; he’s also understood that it is a stepwise and phased reduction to get us out of those wars. He understands that we have to negotiate and engage with some unsavory actors like the Taliban.” Professor Kiron Skinner, the director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy, discusses the potential peace deal between the US and the Taliban.
Far-Right Terror Rocks Germany, February 21, 2020
In an article for Lawfare, IPS assistant teaching professor Colin P. Clarke analyzes the recent shootings in Germany.
Long-range iris scanning, provably correct computer code and facial recognition software weren't always on the curriculum at the Army War College, an institution devoted to land warfare. But warfare is changing, and the War College's International Fellows received a crash course in cyber warfare from the Institute for Strategic Analysis and CyLab.
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke spoke to USA Today about the increase in white supremacist propaganda and "... [T]he fact people still haven’t woken up to the notion that violent white supremacy poses just as much if not a greater threat to this country than Salafi-jihadism.’’
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke authored an article for the European Eye on Radicalization (EER) about the US killing of Iranian General Soleimani and the impact this will have on Iran's proxy strategy.
The Science of Science Communication, February 10, 2020
Dr. Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, IPS professor, spoke with the podcast "Science Session" from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about effective science communication.
Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety, February 10, 2020
Dr. Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, IPS professor and an expert on public perception of risk and human judgment and decision-making, spoke with the podcast "Speaking of Psychology" from the American Psychological Association about new risks versus familiar ones, how to calm our anxiety, and the psychological effects of being quarantined.
The Enduring Legacy of French and Belgian Islamic State Foreign Fighters, February 5, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored an article for the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) providing analysis on Islamic State foreign fighters in Europe.
Terrorists and Technological Innovation, February 2, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored an article in Lawfare about how terrorists use technology and how governments respond.
Trump signs executive order combating human trafficking, January 31, 2020
Dr. Kiron Skinner joined Fox News to discuss the Trump administration's executive order on human trafficking.
Greece Is the Weak Spot in Post-Caliphate European Counterterrorism, January 31, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored an article in The National Interest about Greece's place in Europe's counterterrorism efforts.
Iran ‘crying for help’ from President Trump’s policies, January 26, 2020
Dr. Kiron Skinner joined Eric Shawn on Fox News to discuss Iran and the Trump administration's policies.
Brexit Could Spark a Return to Violence in Northern Ireland, January 22, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke co-authored an article in Foreign Policy about implications of Brexit for the new IRA.
Pro-gun rally at Virginia capital draws thousands of armed protesters, January 21, 2020
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke joined ABC Nightline to discuss a Virginia protest against the state's proposed gun control laws, including threats from armed militias and white supremacist groups.
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke coauthored an article in Foreign Affairs advocating for the US government tohHelp Beijing counter extremism without resorting to repression.
A Century of Ideas: The Crucible of Citizenship, January 14, 2020
Dr. Kiron Skinner joined Hoover Institution Fellows Jim Mattis, Michael McConnell, and Josiah Ober to discuss American citizenship in a panel at the Hoover Institution.
Kiron Skinner: "Very Silly" To Demand Pres. Trump Notify Congress Before Suleimani Strike, January 10, 2020
Dr. Kiron Skinner joined Fox News, Friday, January 10, to talk about the latest on Iran, the House's political stunt voting on a War Powers Act resolution, and why Pres. Trump was fully justified taking out Qassem Suleimani without notifying Congress.
Insight from Fox News contributor Kiron Skinner, visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Former State Department policy planning director and Fox News contributor Kiron Skinner weighs in on if the United States can cultivate allies in the ongoing conflict with Iran.
Former State Department official on Iran: We need our allies, 'we can't do this alone,' January 4, 2020
Former State Department official and Fox News foreign policy contributor Kiron Skinner discusses US strategy toward Iran and how they may respond.
ZOA open letter on the rising scourge of anti-Semitism, January 3, 2020
Dr. Kiron Skinner and Morton A. Klein, president of ZOA (Zionist Organization of America), wrote an open letter about the recent anti-Semitic attacks in America.
Using the McKinsey 7S Framework to Assess Al-Qaeda Over Three Decades: Lessons for the Future, December 30, 2019
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Colin Clarke examines the longevity of al-Qaeda and implications for the future.
US conducts airstrike against Iran-backed militia, December 30, 2019
Fox News contributor Kiron Skinner comments on the violence in the Middle East and what the Trump administration is doing to combat it.
North Korea fails to deliver ‘Christmas surprise,' December 26, 2019
Former State Department Director of Office Policy Planning Kiron Skinner shares her insights on US-North Korea relations.
Dr. Kiron Skinner joined Fox News, Sunday, December 22, to talk about the latest from North Korea, the need for a comprehensive strategy against the regime, and the strength of the Trump administration's Asia strategy.
To Impeach or Not to Impeach: Lessons from Latin America, December, 13, 2019
IPS assistant teaching professor Dr. Ignacio Arana discusses the current impeachment process ongoing in the United States and similar instances throughout Latin America.
Achievement in Athletics and Academics, December 11, 2019
Sixth annual ceremony recognizes student athletes with highest GPAs, including IRP major Joshua Pinckney.
Carnegie Mellon Offers New Master's Degree in International Relations and Politics, December 9, 2019
Program combines coursework in Pittsburgh with experiential learning, networking in Washington, D.C.
Hong Kong’s Escalating Protests: Three Questions, December 9, 2019
IPS postdoctoral fellow Dr. Chin discusses the Hong Kong protests and prospects for the future.
Protests in Hong Kong and Iran present challenges for Trump administration, November 23, 2019
Analysis from Dr. Kiron Skinner, Fox News foreign policy contributor and former director of the Office of Policy Planning at the State Department.
Former high State Department official: There is a Trump Doctrine, November 21, 2019
According to officials in the Trump administration, there is in fact a Trump doctrine, contrary to criticisms that US foreign policy is in disarray.
Time to rekindle the tradition of mutual support, November 21, 2019
Dr. Kiron Skinner and Paul Packer, a Trump administration official, recently co-wrote an article for the Jerusalem Post advocating for a revived relationship between African American and Jewish communities.
Dr. Kiron Skinner Rejoins Fox News As a Contributor, October 31, 2019
Kiron K. Skinner joined FOX News Channel as a contributor in October 2019 and provides commentary on national and international issues across FOX News Media platforms.
Baghdadi’s Death Will Make Global Affiliates More Independent, October 28, 2019Dr. Colin Clarke, IPS Assistant Teaching Professor, shares his analysis on the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a Foreign Policy article co-written with Amarnath Amarasingam.
I study terrorism. A white supremacist attack in my neighborhood woke me up to dangers at home, October 27, 2019IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Colin Clarke wrote about his perspective in the Los Angeles Times on the Tree of Life Synagogue attack in Pittsburgh, one year after the event.
Iran’s Proxies Are More Powerful Than Ever, October 16, 2019
IPS Assistant Teaching Professor Colin Clarke and past CIRP Policy Forum visitor Ariane Tabatabai assert in a Foreign Policy article that the Trump administration has failed at its broader goal of changing Iranian foreign policy, specifically regarding its proxies.
No, the Trump impeachment inquiry is not a coup, October 15, 2019
Dr. John Chin, IPS postdoctoral fellow, coauthored an article for the Monkey Cage of the Washington Post on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump and how it relates to his research on coups d'etat.
Dr. Kiron Skinner denies impropriety at previous State Department job, September 15, 2019
Professor Skinner, IPS Director, recently spoke with The Tartan about her time at the State Department.
CMU Expert Discusses Post-9/11 Al Qaeda, Security Issues, September 11, 2019
Despite Al Qaeda’s weakened state from post-9/11 counterterrorism efforts, the fight isn’t over.
Global Security Expert Kiron Skinner Joins the Heritage Foundation as Visiting Fellow, September 10, 2019
Kiron Skinner this week joined The Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow at the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.
Dietrich Welcomes 15 New Faculty, August 26, 2019
From research to pedagogy, new frontiers are constantly met by professors and postdoctoral researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
A Lesson in Openness: Student Orientation Keynote Speaker Shares Advice with First-Year Students, August 22, 2019
Jamie Slomka, a senior in the Social and Decision Sciences Department, delivered this year’s student keynote to first-year students and their families during Orientation on Sunday, Aug. 18.
Oh, the Places They're Going, July 10, 2019
Orchi Banerjee, a 2019 graduate of CMU's Department of Social and Decision Sciences and Institute for Politics and Strategy, is profiled in this article about Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni and their plans after graduation.
2019-2020 Wimmer Faculty Fellows Announced, June 24, 2019
Dr. Dani Nedal, IPS Postdoctoral Fellow, has been named as a 2019-2020 Wimmer Faculty Fellow by CMU's Eberly Center. These fellowships are made possible by a grant from the Wimmer Family Foundation and are designed for junior faculty members interested in enhancing their teaching through concentrated work designing or re-designing a course, innovating new materials, or exploring a new pedagogical approach.
Fighting and Winning the Undeclared Cyber War, June 23, 2019
Dr. Isaac Porche, IPS adjunct instructor and RAND Corporation senior engineer, recently wrote an article on nation-state cyberwarfare. “'War is no longer declared' says Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachmann: cyber warfare is transforming this line of poetry into reality."
The Post-Caliphate Caliph, April 29, 2019
Dr. Colin Clarke, IPS Assistant Teaching Professor, recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy on the re-emergence of ISIS's reclusive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Extending Russia: Competing from Advantageous Ground, April 24, 2019
Dr. Forrest Morgan, IPS Adjunct Instructor and Senior Political Scientist at RAND, recently co-authored a report on the ways in which the United States could compete with Russia.
Want to serve your country? Consider diplomacy. April 15, 2019
IPS's Dr. Kiron Skinner wrote an article for the Houston Chronicle detailing the important work that our State Department diplomats do around the world.
For Carnegie Mellon University students interested in a future in public policy or public service, the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) was built to provide comprehensive exploration directly to students.
Carnegie Mellon University Launches New Undergraduate Degree Program in Economics and Politics, March 6, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University has introduced a new bachelor of science program in economics and politics, launching spring 2019. A joint effort between the Institute for Politics and Strategy and the Undergraduate Economics Program, the degree program involves interdisciplinary study emphasizing a data-driven approach to understanding economic and political decision-making.
'Moral Machine' experiment is no basis for policymaking, March 5, 2019
Dr. Baruch Fischhoff co-wrote a counter-argument to an article published in Nature focused on moral dilemmas faced by autonomous vehicles, stating that the experiment is "not a sound starting place for incorporating public concerns into policymaking."
Anarchy and Authority: International Structure, the Balance of Power, and Hierarchy, February 8, 2019
Dr. Dani Nedal, Postdoctoral Fellow at IPS, co-wrote an article published in the Journal of Global Security Studies.
Institute for Politics and Strategy Graduate Students Explore Career Opportunities in Nation’s Capital, February 8, 2019
Following last year’s trip to Silicon Valley, this year’s cohort of students in the International Relations and Politics Accelerated Master’s Program (IRP/AMP) traveled to Washington, D.C., in December to receive a first-hand glimpse in international relations career pathways.
Trump Defends the International Order, December 11, 2018
Dr. Kiron K. Skinner recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal discussing how the current administration is reasserting the nation-state’s role in a free and open multilateral system.
Evaluating Science Communication, November 26, 2018
Professor Baruch Fischhoff, Interim Director of IPS, wrote an article published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on effectively communicating scientific findings.
Institute for Politics and Strategy Launches New Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict, November 9, 2018
Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) launched an undergraduate minor in cybersecurity and international conflict in fall 2018. The cybersecurity and international conflict minor tackles the social-scientific dimensions of cybersecurity with a focus on the implications of the cyber age for modern statecraft, warfare, elections (local, state and national), and politics, more generally.
Alexander Hamilton Society debate on Singapore Summit brings more agreement than debate, October 28, 2018
A group of fifteen students gathered in the Simmons Auditorium in the Tepper Quad last Monday for a moderated debate about the Singapore Summit of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. The audience watched moderator Dan Silverman of the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) prompt his colleague Dani Nedal and visiting professor Aaron Friedberg to share their thoughts on the diplomatic effort.
Prof. Daniel Silverman published a piece for the Washington Post. In the article, he discusses some of his research about "blowback" caused by U.S. drone warfare in countries like Pakistan.
Seven Dietrich College Seniors Named Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars, October 15, 2018
The Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars Class of 2019 has been announced, and seven seniors from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been selected. ACS Scholars are Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students who combine high academic standards with extracurricular activities, such as volunteering, playing sports, taking on leadership roles and participating in student organizations and the arts.
Former Congressmen come to CIRP's Policy forum to talk bipartisanship in the modern era, September 30, 2018
The former congressmen gave a lecture titled “Closing our Political Divide: A Bipartisan Approach to Legislation” on Sept. 27 and sat down for an interview with The Tartan. In the interview, they discussed the value of bipartisanship in politics, the importance of public service and voting, their opinions on the president’s conduct, and their take on the single headline that has dominated political news for days — the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Reagan rides again in new bid to put his conservative stamp on policy, September 12, 2018
Dr. Kiron Skinner was recently featured in a Washington Examiner article regarding her role as Director of Policy Planning and Senior Policy Adviser in the State Department.
Prof. Kiron Skinner was featured in an article on The Daily Signal. She was sworn in Director of Policy Planning and Senior Policy Adviser in the State Department on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Secretary Pompeo.
State Department Selects Skinner as Senior Policy Adviser, August 30, 2018
Kiron Skinner, the Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named senior policy adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Skinner also will serve as director of policy planning, one of the State Department’s most influential positions. Skinner is the founding director of Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS). The center for research, undergraduate and graduate education focuses on university-wide initiatives in the fields of political science, international relations, national security policy and grand strategy.
Meet the Newest Dietrich College Faculty Members, August 29, 2018
Each new academic year brings new faces. This fall, almost 30 new faculty members are joining Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing expertise in the fields of creative writing, cognitive science, behavioral economics and more.
IPS Professor Baruch Fischhoff has been awarded the William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching.
Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences, August 21, 2018
Dan Silverman has been awarded a grant from Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS), an NSF-funded initative which conducts high-quality nationally representative survey experiments in the U.S. for free for selected proposals. His project is called “Can Factual Misperceptions be Corrected? An Experiment on American Public Fears of Terrorism.” The project looks at the American public’s inflated fear of terrorism relative to other types of risks we face, and examines whether this fear can be mitigated by presenting people with accurate information about the threat. With trillions of dollars spent on the "War on Terror" since 9/11, this question is not just theoretically but practically important.
Dr. Colin Clarke was appointed as a Senior Fellow in the National Security Program for the FPRI.
Nine Juniors Named Dietrich College Honors Fellows, May 17, 2018
Nine distinguished Carnegie Mellon University juniors will spend the summer working on research and creative projects that span across the college’s various disciplines, including psychology, international relations, creative writing and more. The students’ work is funded through the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellowship, an extension of the college’s Senior Honors Program, and gives the fellows a head start on their thesis development.
Baruch Fischhoff Named 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, April 25, 2018
IPS Executive Committee and Core Faculty member, Baruch Fischhoff, was named the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Professor Fischhoff will use the award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to write a book called "Decisions."
Newt Gingrich visits campus to talk to researchers, April 1, 2018
Newt Gingrich, Fox News contributor and former Speaker of the House, made a little-publicized visit to Carnegie Mellon University this week. He was invited by Director Kiron Skinner, the director of the Washington Semester Program, the Institute for Politics and Strategy, and the Institute for Strategic Analysis at Carnegie Mellon. Director Skinner worked with Gingrich on his 2012 presidential campaign and, in Dec. 2017, began working as a foreign policy contributor for Fox News.
CMU Students Place as Finalists at D3P Information Operations Technical and Policy Hackathon hosted by Harvard Kennedy School, March 29, 2018
Carnegie Mellon students Kellen Carleton and Arya Hezarkhani placed third in the policy category and concept category of the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P) Hackathon hosted by Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Following submission reviews, Carleton and Hezarkhani were selected to attend the conference as finalists in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 29, 2018. They won $1000 in prizes for each category they placed in.
Newt Gingrich: The future is amazing -- Here's an incredible glimpse of what awaits us, March 25, 2018
Dr. Kiron Skinner hosted former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich at CMU on March 21, 2017. He was briefed by a lineup of ditinguished faculty on artificial intelligence and reflected in his article, "...in Pittsburgh, I saw another powerful glimmering of technologies that will change our world." Read more about his insights on artificial intelligence and how they will shape the future of American society in the article linked above.
Short Feature with Volleyball Senior Eliza Donohue, March 23, 2018
Senior Eliza Donohue, a policy and management and social and political history double major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, answers a few questions about student life at Carnegie Mellon, talks about her internships, what she's excited for during spring semester, how she decided on her major, and what she's enjoyed about Pittsburgh.
In a recent study from the U.S. World News & World Report, Carnegie Mellon University was ranked as the best graduate school for artificial intelligence, securing first place over the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University. The rankings were created based on "a combination of statistical data that reflects the quality of each program, and surveys asking experts and academics to evaluate programs."
Institute for Politics and Strategy Elevated to University-Wide Status, February 19, 2018
The Instiute for Politics and Strategy is now officially a university-wide initiative at CMU.
Students See How Security, Policy, Strategy Align in Silicon Valley, February 9, 2018
Students in the International Relations and Politics Accelerated Master's Program recently received the opportunity to take a trip to Silicon Valley to explore the various intersections between technology and policy. This story was featured in the CMU News.
Joint CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, Institute for Software Research, Institute for Politics and Strategy Distinguished Lecture and Panel, January 18, 2018
Judge Reggie B. Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia will be giving a lecture titled, "The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: Myth Versus Reality." The panelists will be Lorrie Cranor, Jay D. Aronson, and David J. Hickton. The event will take place on Thursday, January 18 from 4:30-5:30pm in Rashid Auditorium (GHC 4401).
DoD Appoints Kiron Skinner to Defense Policy Board, December 2, 2017
Director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy, Dr. Kiron Skinner, was appointed to the Defense Policy Board to provide senior DoD officials with advice on defense policy. Read the official Department of Defense announcement here.
Elizabeth Erin Walsh- "Innovation and Exporting: Creating Jobs through Free and Fair Trade", November 13, 2017
Anthony Foxx- "Smart and Connected Cities", November 10, 2017
17th United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx gave a lecture at Carnegie Mellon on November 10 as a part of the 50th Anniversary Weekend celebrations.
Laura Chinchilla shares her hopes for Latin America's future, November 5, 2017
During her lecture on November 1, President Laura Chinchilla shared her hopes for the future of Latin America in the face of what she sees as the encroaching threat of populism.
Laura Chinchilla- "Latin America: Hope in Times of Populism?", November 1, 2017
Former president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, delivered a lecture at Carnegie Mellon on November 1.
CMU Student Charters Plane, Delivers Aid to Puerto Rico, October 18, 2017
International Relations and Politics Accelerated Masters Program student José López Sánchez volunteered as a part of a team that chartered planes to transport supplies Puerto Rico and evacuate hurricane victims to the US.
IPS Executive Committee and Core Faculty member, Baruch Fischhoff, and Caitlin Drummond's (SDS) work was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
How Do You Fix Someone Else's Election, August 20, 2017
Dov Levin, Institute for Politics and Strategy post-dcotoral fellow, was interviewed by BBC to discuss election meddling.
The Islamic State May be Failing, but it's Strategic Communications Legacy is Here to Stay, August 17, 2017
Colin Clarke, Institute for Politics and Strategy lecturer, recently co-authored a paper for War on the Rocks, where he discusses ISIS strategic communications.
Improving Security Science Through Collaboration, August 2, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University’s Baruch Fischhoff co-chaired the Committee on Future Research Goals and Directions for Foundational Science in Cybersecurity, along with Peter Weinberger from Google.
Mindfullness Meditation May Help Students Combat High Levels of Stress, Depression, May 16, 2017
When Rob Stephens, a 22-year-old senior, walks into the Mindfulness Room at Carnegie Mellon University, he leaves his homework and stress at the door.
Carnegie Mellon University's Baruch Fischhoff, a renowned expert in decision science and risk analysis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. NAS membership is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive and recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Seven women graduating this month received an early gift from the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Association (CMWA). Each student was presented with a $1,000 scholarship for their commitment to the advancement of women in their academic disciplines. IPS student, Alexandra Pasch was awarded one of the scholarships.
Program Takes Students Behind the Scenes in D.C., April 27, 2017
Students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Washington Semester Program (WSP) get to explore the United States capital while completing coursework and internships with D.C.-based organizations.
In two series of studies that focused on individuals’ expectations for major life events, Wandi Bruine de Bruin and CMU’s Baruch Fischhoff worked with economists to design survey questions that were simple enough for laypeople to answer but precise enough to inform economic models.