Carnegie Mellon University

CIRP Policy Forum Spring 2019

Tuesday, January 22 2019

Defending the West’s Strategic Frontier: The Black Sea and Beyond

Simmons A, Tepper
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

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 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

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

Understanding and Countering Russian Social Media Influence


Simmons A, Tepper
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Bodine-Baron

This presentation will categorize and analyze different approaches and policy options to respond to the specific threat of Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media in the United States. Dr. Bodine-Baron will also present a method to map and assess the information environment, using a specific example of Russian propaganda in Eastern Europe. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Russian Hybrid War, Ukraine, and US Policy

Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Colonel Liam Collins

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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

China, Chavismo, Corruption, and its Effects in Latin America

Simmons A, Tepper
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Jorge Quiroga, Former President of Bolivia

Jorge Quiroga is former president of Bolivia and president of FUNDEMOS, a Bolivian public policy think tank. Originally elected Vice President in 1997, Quiroga served as President from 2001 to 2002. He was the youngest person to have ever held the office. He has also served as the Minister of Finance and Under-Secretary of Public Investment and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Planning. Since leaving office, Quiroga has been a primary leader in the Bolivian opposition and ran for the presidency on his own right in 2005 and 2014. He was the recipient of the World Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum, and he has served as governor for the World Bank, Andean Development Corporation, International Finance Corporation and the International Monetary Fund.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Cybersecurity: Law, Institutions, and Policy

Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Robert Chesney

Robert Chesney holds the James Baker Chair and also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition, he is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, a University-wide research unit bridging across disciplines to improve understanding of international security issues.

Monday, April 22, 2019

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: Avoiding Cliffs on the Backside of the Summit

Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Scott Sagan

Scott D. Sagan is the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor of Political Science, the Mimi and Peter Haas University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Before joining the Stanford faculty, Sagan was a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University and served as special assistant to the director of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.