Columbia University International Politics Seminar

The Columbia University International Politics Seminars (CUIPS) provides an essential forum for faculty and graduate students to meet and discuss cutting-edge research in international relations. The mission of this seminar series is to bring the country's foremost junior faculty in international relations to present their work at Columbia. The series also creates multiple opportunities for graduate students to meet and discuss their research with invited speakers. CUIPS is sponsored by ISERP, the Department of Political Science, and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.

Below you will find our schedule for the 2019-20 academic year. Please feel free to contact the student co-coordinators, Colleen Larkin and Stephanie Char, with any inquiries. Their email addresses appear at the bottom of the page.

Fall 2019

10/3: Lauren Prather (UCSD) and Sarah Bush (Yale): "From Monitoring to Meddling: How Foreign Actors Shape Local Trust in Elections"

10/10: Kathleen Powers (Dartmouth): "The Puzzle of Coercion Failure: How Psychology Explains Resistance to Threats"

10/17: Julia Gray (Penn): "How International Organizations Survive"

10/24: Barbara Walter (UCSD): "Propaganda and Radicalization in an Internet Age"

11/14: Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford) (co-sponsored with the Comparative Politics Seminar): "Making Sense of Human Rights Diplomacy: Symbolism or Concrete Impact?"

Spring 2020

2/6: Elizabeth Saunders (Georgetown): "The Insiders' Game: Elites, Democracy, and War"

2/20: Eric Arias (William and Mary): "Impartiality and US Influence in International Courts: Evidence from the WTO Appellate Body"

2/27: Michael Bechtel (Washington University in St Louis): "Why Austerity? The Mass Politics of a Contested Policy"

3/5: Thomas Zeitzoff (American University): "The Nasty Style: Why Politicians in the U.S. and Ukraine Use Violent Rhetoric"

4/2: Sonal Pandya (UVA)

4/16: Desha Girod (Georgetown): "Aid in a Time of Terror"

4/23: Rachel Wellhausen (UT Austin)

Faculty Sponsor: 

V. Page Fortna

Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy

Nikhar Gaikwad

Assistant Professor of Political Science


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