Carnegie Mellon University

IPS Policy Forum Spring 2021

Lecture details are subject to change.


Impact of the 2020 Election: An open house with IPS Faculty

Thursday, February 4, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST on Zoom
Zoom link here. No registration is required. 

Join members of the Institute for Politics and Strategy faculty for a discussion of the 2020 election and its impact on American domestic and foreign affairs. 


A Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion with Chief Carmen Best

Friday, February 12, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST on Zoom
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Join us for a conversation on diversity and inclusion with former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Lecture Series


Dr. Allison Clark: "Algorithms of Deception: A Case for Nuanced Election Data"

Friday, February 26, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST on Zoom
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In Algorithms of Deception: A Case for Nuanced Data, Dr. Clark draws upon her social science and civic engagement experience to investigate how the data science of campaigns can replicate the biases of the humans who create them.

This event is co-sponsored by the CMU chapter of The Alexander Hamilton Society. 


Professional Journeys discussion with Dr. RaShall Brackney

Friday, March 5, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST on Zoom
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Join us for a Professional Journeys discussion with Dr. RaShall Brackney, a Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program Fellow and the chief of police in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

About Dr. RaShall Brackney

Dr. RaShall M. Brackney is the Chief of Police for Charlottesville, Virginia, a thirty-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the former Chief of Police of the George Washington University. During her tenure as a law enforcement professional, she has been responsible for overseeing critical operations to include Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, CALEA accreditation, Special Deployment Operations including SWAT, Mounted Patrol, Accident Investigation, Hostage Negotiations, River Rescue, Special Events, Traffic Division, Tow Pound and the “Bomb” Squad, the training Academy, Patrol Operations and Major Crimes.


Dr. Barry Eichengreen: "The Dollar and its Discontents"

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST on Zoom
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Dollar doom and gloom is currently in fashion, with many banks and forecasters predicting that the greenback will fall by 20 percent in 2021. Four arguments are made for why the dollar is poised to fall: the post-vaccine decline in global risk; the Federal Reserve’s highly accommodative policies; America’s twin fiscal and current account deficits; and the end of the country’s geopolitical hegemony, together with the rise of China. This lecture will advance the case that all four arguments are wrong.


President Joe Biden's Foreign Policy: A panel discussion with IPS Senior Fellow Richard Grenell

Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on Zoom
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Join us for a panel discussion of President Joe Biden's foreign-policy agenda. Richard Grenell, the former US Ambassador to Germany, former acting Director of National Intelligence, and IPS Senior Fellow, will moderate the discussion. Joining him will be:

  • Berat Buzhala, journalist and CEO of Gazeta Express.
  • Bojan Pancevski, Germany correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
  • Matthew Karnitschnig, chief Europe correspondent for POLITICO.


A Conversation on Wargaming with Becca Wasser and Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Thursday, April 8, 2021
5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. EDT on Zoom
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Join us for a conversation with Center for a New American Security Fellow Becca Wasser and Valens Global CEO Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross.

This event is co-sponsored by the CMU chapter of Women in International Security.

About Becca Wasser

Becca Wasser is a fellow in the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research areas include wargaming, force posture and management, and US defense strategy. She is also an adjunct instructor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she teaches an undergraduate course on wargaming.

About Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a scholar, practitioner, author, and entrepreneur who is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global. Valens, a private firm focused on fashioning creative solutions to complex twenty-first-century challenges in the national-security domain and beyond, has twice been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s E360 list of the top small businesses in the United States.