Carnegie Mellon University

IPS Policy Forum Spring 2023

Lecture details are subject to change. 

Please contact IPS Event and Program Manager, Rosalie Woolf, with any questions. 

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Analyzing Putin's Regime and the "New Kremlinology"
Dr. Alexander Baturo

Friday, February 10, 2023
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET on Zoom

Join us for a lecture with Dr. Alexander Baturo, Associate Professor of Government at Dublin City University, that will focus on Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime, the complexities of analyzing it, and how the war in Ukraine has influenced his regime. Dr. Baturo is an expert on comparative democratization, the politics of authoritarian regimes, and post-Soviet politics. His work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, and Political Research Quarterly, among others. 


Understanding the Role and Amount of Money in American Elections
FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET on Zoom

Interested in learning more about the role and amount of money, and foreign interference, in American elections? FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub dives into an analysis of this fascinating topic during this IPS Policy Forum lecture. Commissioner Weintraub has served as a commissioner on the United States Federal Election Commission since 2002 and has chaired the Commission three times. Commissioner Weintraub is proud to have been part of the group of commissioners who approved the highest civil penalties in the agency’s history and has worked across the aisle to issue rules and opinions to provide guidance to those who engage in politics. She has participated in election-observation missions around the world and in the Commission’s public outreach efforts around the country. 
Join us in welcoming Commissioner Weintraub to our CMU community and the IPS Policy Forum Lecture Series!


The Ethics of Technology
Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux 

Watch the recording here!

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET on Zoom

Join us for a discussion on the ethics of technology with Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux, professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a policy researcher at RAND working in the intersection of ethics, emerging technology, and human security. In this lecture, Dr. Boudreaux will discuss the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, the systemic challenges that AI poses to governance, and why new governance is needed to address these challenges. Dr. Boudreaux's expertise focuses on the ethics of artificial intelligence, including algorithmic equity, biometric surveillance, and military AI, as well as social media policy issues.



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The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
Dr. Jennifer Gandhi

Thursday, April 20, 2023
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET 
In-Person Event with Zoom Hybrid Attendance

IPS is delighted to have Dr. Jennifer Gandhi of Yale University join us for an in-person event at CMU's Pittsburgh campus! We will also be joined by our cosponsors, the Alexander Hamilton Society and Women In International Security. During this lecture, Dr. Gandhi will discuss the politics of authoritarian regimes, including how coalition parties can group together to oppose authoritarian incumbents through elections and how democracies can advocate for these groups. 

Vali Nasr

The Islamic Republic Under Siege: What is Next for Iran?
Dr. Vali Nasr

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET 

Simmons Auditorium A
First Floor, Tepper Building
4765 Forbes Avenue

The University Lecture Series (ULS) and the Institute for Politics and Strategy are pleased to invite you to this lecture featuring Vali Nasr, Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  To join us, please register by Friday, April 21. You will have the opportunity to indicate accessibility requirements as you register. If you have any questions, contact

Program will begin promptly at 1 p.m.