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.

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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.
Graduating with an IR Degree from USC: Recent Grad PanelJoin the USC Global Policy Institute for an exciting opportunity to network with recent Dept. of Political Science and International Relations graduates.

GPI invites students for a virtual panel on Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. PST. The panel invites the alums to share their post-grad experiences and invites current students to ask questions during a Q&A portion at the end. This is a great way for students to network with recent graduates and to learn about career paths after receiving an international relations degree from USC.
6:00 to 7:00 PMRSVP HERE
A Conversation with Sally Roever | International Week of Social JusticeGPI cordially invites all students to join us in virtually celebrating the International Week of Social Justice with keynote speaker Sally Roever.

Sally Roever is the international coordinator for WIEGO — Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. WIEGO is a global research, policy and advocacy network focused on empowering the working poor, especially women, who are securing their livelihoods in informal economies around the world. 
5:00 to 6:00 PMRSVP HERE
Feminism in International Relations: Peace, Action and U.S.-Iran Relations
The USC Global Policy Institute is excited to welcome Valentine M. Moghadam, professor of sociology and international affairs at Northeastern University. Professor Moghadam will be discussing feminist foreign policy approaches to the U.S.-Iranian relationship with GPI.

In addition to her academic career, Prof. Moghadam has been Coordinator of the Research Program on Women and Development at the UNU’s WIDER Institute (Helsinki, 1990-1995) and a section chief on gender equality and development, at UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector (Paris, 2004-2006).
5:00 to 6:00 PMRSVP HERE
March 2021
Returning Human Rights to the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
The USC Global Policy Institute is excited to welcome Bennett Freeman, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State. Students, faculty, and members of the community are invited to join us in conversation for “The Challenge of Returning Human Rights to the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy” on Wednesday, March 3 from 2:00-3:00 P.M. PST.

At the State Department, Mr. Freeman served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (1999- 2001); Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (1997-99); and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and chief speechwriter for Secretary of State Warren Christopher (1993-97).
2:00 to 3:30RSVP HERE
Dissent in Delhi, and Beyond: A Panel Discussion in India’s Farmer ProtestsThe USC Global Policy Institute is excited to welcome three distinguished speakers for a panel on India’s mass farmer protests.

Join GPI in welcoming William Patterson University Professor Navyug Gill, Art of Citizenry Founder Manpreet Kalra and Ensaaf Co-Founder and Co-Director Sukhman Dhami in a discussion on the protests, their significance, social change in India and what comes next. Read more about our panelists below.
6:00 to 7:00 PMRSVP HERE

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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.

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