Carnegie Mellon University
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.


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.

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.