Exploring critical global challenges and the related policies
of individuals, countries and international organizations

The Global Policy Institute is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and community education institute at the University of Southern California. We focus on university programs that involve faculty, students, policymakers and members of the public.

About Us

Our institute focuses on policy issues and hosts programs that involve faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, policy-makers and members of the public.

Our Mission

Meet the Fellows

GPI fellows are a students passionate about international relations and foreign affairs. Our fellows have studied and worked all over the world and come from diverse backgrounds.

Fellow Bios

Student Resources

GPI has compiled resources and information that can aid students interested in international relations and foreign affairs in their professional and academic development.

Resource Page

Event Calendar

Our fellows work to develop programming that brings together faculty, students and policymakers to discuss key global challenges. From crisis briefings to panels, from professional development events to our monthly book club, the Global Policy Institute aims to create an environment that promotes community education and informed understanding.

Due to COVID-19, our programming has moved online.

View our event calendar here.
Studying & Teaching the Middle East: A Discussion w/ Prof. Laurie BrandOn Wednesday, April 14th, the USC Global Policy Institute invites the USC community — students, faculty and alumni — to join Dr. Brand in a discussion of her career as a Middle East scholar, her time at USC and the current state of Middle East affairs.

At the end of this semester, Dr. Laurie A. Brand is retiring from a 32-year career at the University of Southern California. Dr. Brand, currently the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies, has been an integral part of both programs.

GPI is hosting our inaugural climate change think-a-thon! All students interested in participating, or attending our event series, are invited to learn more about this opportunity and competition here. Students can register for the think-a-thon in a team or individually to be placed on a team. Registration is open from March 15 to March 26.

Katie Abrams

“The Global Policy Institute helps shine a light on problems that need to be addressed, and I am proud to be a part of that.”

Lizzie Shepherd

“Working for GPI gives me the opportunity to apply my studies to current events and deepen my understanding of global affairs.

Mia Speier
Director of Communications

“GPI has given me and countless others, the opportunity to meet amazing people and discuss critical issues facing our world.”

Recent Editorials

Global Policy Institute fellows draft articles each week on global issues and challenges. Fellows choose topics of interest to them related to traditional and human security, economics, the environment, technology, international organizations and global institutions.

Read more of our work here.

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