Carnegie Mellon University

CIRP Policy Forum


Scott Sagan visited Carnegie Mellon University on April 22, 2019, to speak for the CIRP Policy Forum with a lecture titled "The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Cliffs on the Backside of the Summit." Professor Sagan discussed the relationship between leadership in the United States and North Korea, and he presented arguments for why the United States should tailor its nuclear doctrine in order to better deter personalist dictatorships that possess, or could possess, nuclear weapons. 


Former President of Bolivia, Jorge Quiroga, visited Carnegie Mellon University on March 20, 2019. President Quiroga gave a lecture for the CIRP Policy Forum titled "China, Venezuela, Corruption, and its Effects on Bolivia and Latin America," about the systematic erosion of democratic norms and institutions in Boliva over the past several years and how that will translate to the upcoming election there. 


Romanian Ambassador H.E. George Cristian Maior visited Carnegie Mellon University on January 22, 2019, to give a lecture titled "Defending the West's Strategic Frontier: The Black Sea and Beyond," where he discussed the strategic challenge over the past decade, posed by a resurgent Russia, that the West has faced.


P.W. Singer sat for an interview with CIRP Journal Guest Editor Millie Zhang on January 29, 2019. They discussed his new book, LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. While on campus, Watts also met with students for a roundtable discussion and delivered a lecture for the CIRP Policy Forum.


J.M. Berger, author of Extremism, visited Carnegie Mellon University on November 27, 2018, to deliver a lecture titled "Analyzing Extremist Ideologies: Online and Offline" for the CIRP Policy Forum. Berger discussed what extremism is, how extremist ideologies are constructed, and why extremism can escalate into violence.


On September 26-27, 2018, Debbie Lee James, Former Secretary of the Air Force, visited Carnegie Mellon University to speak about US national security for the CIRP Policy Forum, to tour the campus’s Cylab, and to speak with students about leadership.

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.

Thank you to all of our CIRP Policy Forum speakers for the 2018-2019 academic year and to those who joined us in the audience. These are just some of the highlights from this year's programming.

The Fall 2019 CIRP Policy Forum series will be announced shortly. 

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.