Carnegie Mellon University

CIRP Policy Forum Spring 2019


Romanian Ambassador George Cristian Maior, "Defending the West's Strategic Frontier: The Black Sea and Beyond"

Tuesday, January 22, 2019; Simmons A, Tepper; 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

As a NATO and EU member, and a littoral country of the Black Sea, Romania has been at the forefront of the efforts to bring stabilization and security to this contested space. A strong US ally and strategic partner, Romania's regional leadership proves essential to address contemporary security challenges.


P.W. Singer, "Likewar: How Social Media is Changing the World and How the World is Changing Social Media"

Tuesday, January 29, 2019; Simmons A, Tepper; 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Terrorists livestream their attacks, "Twitter wars" sell music albums and produce real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones.



Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, "Understanding and Countering Russian Social Media Influence"

Wednesday, February 20, 2019; Simmons A, Tepper; 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This presentation will categorize and analyze different approaches and policy options to respond to the specific threat of Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media in the United States. Dr. Bodine-Baron will also present a method to map and assess the information environment, using a specific example of Russian propaganda in Eastern Europe.


Colonel Liam Collins, "Russian Hybrid War, Ukraine, and US Policy"

Wednesday, February 27, 2019; Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall; 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Colonel Liam Collins is a career Special Forces officer, who has served in a variety of special operations assignments and conducted multiple combat operations to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as operational deployments to Bosnia, Africa, and South America. He has graduated from several military courses, including Ranger School, and has earned numerous military awards and decorations, including two valorious awards for his actions in combat.


Jorge Quiroga, Former President of Bolivia; "China, Venezuela, Corruption, and its Effects on Bolivia and Latin America"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019; Simmons A, Tepper; 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bolivian democratic norms and institutions have experienced a systematic erosion in the last years. In October, President Evo Morales will run for office for the fourth time, in blatant contradiction of the constitution he helped to create. How can we understand this democratic decay? According to former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, three international processes are part of the explanation: Chinese economic involvement, Venezuelan political interference, and institutional corruption. Bolivia – and other countries in the region – have been at the crossroads of these tendencies, enjoying a boom in exports, following the Venezuelan authoritarian model with indefinite re-elections and mired in corruption scandals. Jorge Quiroga will give an overview of these three tendencies and what is in store in the years ahead.


Robert Chesney, "CYBERCOM and the Law of Military Operations in Cyberspace"

Thursday, April 4, 2019; Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall; 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Professor Chesney will address the sweeping legal and policy changes that have taken place in recent years as Cyber Command has come into its own. From “defending forward” and “persistent engagement” to the latest National Defense Authorization Act, we are in the midst of a transition with significant implications for national security and international relations.


Scott Sagan, "The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Cliffs on the Backside of the Summit"

Monday, April 22, 2019; Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall; 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and served as special assistant to the director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.