Carnegie Mellon University

CIRP Policy Forum Fall 2018


Monday, September 24

South Asia Strategy – The Bilateral Relationship between Pakistan and the United States

Baker Hall  A53

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan, David Ranz

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan, David Ranz, will discuss the current status of the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship and where Pakistan fits into the Administration’s South Asia strategy

Wednesday, September 26

Current Threats to our National Security

Doherty Hall A302

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Debbie Lee James, Former Secretary of the Air Force

 Former Secretary of the Air Force, Debbie Lee James, will discuss current threats to our national security with a particular focus on how the US Air Force works to protect the United States. Ms. James will discuss the impact of Russia and non-state actors.

Thursday, September 27

Congress to Campus: Closing our Political Divide – A Bipartisan Approach to Legislation

Wean Hall 7500

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Rep. David Skaggs (D-CO), and Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL)

Former congressmen from both major political parties will discuss the impact of midterm elections and the importance that this November’s election has on the political landscape today. 


Tuesday, October 30

Panel: Brazilian Presidential Elections

Baker Hall 136A

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Panelists from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh will discuss the effect of the presidential election in Brazil. 


Tuesday, November 13

Frederick Douglass on Science: What he said, why he said it, and what he thought it ought to be

Porter Hall 100

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Eric Herschthal

Eric Herschthal will discuss Douglass's complicated relationship with scientific thought in nineteenth century America. He argues that Douglass had a deep passion for science, but was deeply disappointed that scientific ideas had come to justify theories of black inferiority.

Wednesday, November 14

Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News

Baker Hall A53

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Clint Watts

Former FBI Special Agent, U.S. Army officer and leading cyber-security expert, Clint Watts, offers a devastating and essential look at the misinformation campaigns, fake news, and electronic espionage operations that have become the cutting edge of modern warfare—and how we can protect ourselves and our country against them.

Tuesday, November 27

Analyzing Extremist Ideologies, Online and Offline

Porter Hall 100

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

J.M. Berger

J.M. Berger is the author of Extremism (MIT Press, August 2018). He is a research fellow with VOX-Pol and a postgraduate research student at Swansea University's School of Law, where he studies extremist ideologies. Berger's work encompasses extremism and terrorism, propaganda, and social media analytical techniques. As a consultant for social media and security companies and government agencies, he has conducted research and training on issues related to homegrown terrorism, online extremism, advanced social media analysis, and countering violent extremism (CVE).