Carnegie Mellon University

CIRP Policy Forum


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."

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.   

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.