Carnegie Mellon University

CIRP Policy Forum

Tuesday, January 22 2019
Defending the West’s Strategic Frontier: The Black Sea and Beyond

Simmons A, Tepper
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Romanian Ambassador George Cristian Maior

As a NATO and EU member and a littoral country of the Black Sea, Romania has been at the forefront of the efforts to bring stabilization and security to this contested space. A strong U.S. ally and strategic partner, Romania’s regional leadership proves essential to address contemporary security challenges.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
LikeWar: How Social Media is Changing the World and How the World is Changing Social Media

Simmons A, Tepper
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

P.W. Singer

Terrorists livestream their attacks, “Twitter wars” sell music albums and produce real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Elizabeth Bodine-Baron

Location TBA

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

Elizabeth Bodine-Baron is an engineer specializing in complex networks and systems at the RAND Corporation. She is the associate director of the Force Modernization and Employment Program in Project Air Force and co-directs the RAND Center for Applied Network Analysis and System Science. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

COL Liam Collins

Location TBA

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

Colonel Liam Collins is a career Special Forces officer, who has served in a variety of special operations assignments and conducted multiple combat operations to Afghanistan and Iraq as well as operational deployments to Bosnia, Africa, and South America. He has graduated from several military courses including Ranger School and has earned numerous military awards and decorations including two valorous awards for his actions in combat.

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.


Author Clint Watts sat for an interview with CIRP Research Coordinator Hillary Tanoff on November 14, 2018. They discussed his new book, Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News. While on campus, Watts also met with students for a roundtable discussion and delivered a lecture for the CIRP Policy Forum.


Rep. David Skaggs (D-CO) and Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL), former congressmen from both major political parties discussed the impact of midterm elections on September 27, 2018.


On September 24, 2018, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan David Ranz delivered a lecture for the CIRP Policy Forum on the current status of the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship and where Pakistan fits into the administration’s South Asia strategy.