Carnegie Mellon University

CIRP Policy Forum

The Policy Forum represents one of the means by which the Center for International Relations and Politics integrates international relations and politics into the intellectual conversation at Carnegie Mellon University.  CIRP's Policy Forum regularly brings statesmen, scholars, policy makers, journalists, and other thought leaders to the university to address major issues facing the United States and the world.   

Upcoming Policy Forum Events

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).

Humanities Initiative

For many years, the Center for International Relations and Politics (and its predecessor, the International Relations Program) and the Humanities Scholars Program in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences have brought to the university scholars and other thinkers whose work is equally relevant for the humanities and the social sciences. The Humanities Initiative has evolved from this highly successful joint venture with the express purpose of inviting guests to lecture and converse with faculty and students, thus enriching the cross-disciplinary research and teaching that are hallmarks of Carnegie Mellon University. Activities under this initiative are co-hosted by Professor Kiron K. Skinner, CIRP director, and Dr. Tim Haggerty, director of the Humanities Scholars Program. 

Women in the Social Sciences       

Women in the Social Sciences (WSS), a joint initiative of CIRP's Policy Forum and the Office of the Director of Undergraduate Economics, brings to campus women who are leaders in their fields to speak about their professional journeys.  The program seeks to inform the conversation at Carnegie Mellon about the challenges women face at each stage of their professional lives and provide unique networking opportunities for university faculty, administrators, and students.  WSS events are co-hosted by Professor Kiron K. Skinner, director of the Center for International Relations and Politics, and Dr. Carol B. Goldburg, director of Undergraduate Economics.


ROTC students met with Major General William Rapp on March 27, 2017, during his visit to CMU. While on campus, MG Rapp gave a lecture titled "The Importance of Improving Civil- Military Relations."

Michael Hayden

General Michael Hayden (ret.) took questions from the audience, during his lecture titled "Cybersecurity: Why Is This (Still) So Hard?" on October 28, 2016.

ADM Richardson

CIRP Research Associates are pictured with Admiral John Richardson during his visit to CMU on October 12, 2017. While on campus, ADM Richardson gave a lecture titled "Maintaining Maritime Superiority."