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 global policy issues and hosts programs that involve faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, policy-makers and members of the public.

Our Mission

Meet the Fellows

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

Fellow Bios

Student Resources

GPI has compiled resources 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.

COP26 at Catalina: Student Research Opportunities in Environmental StudiesStudents on Prof. Shannon Gibson’s research team will talk about their research on the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26.

At USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies this month, students traveled to Catalina Island and researched the world summit’s impact on climate change mitigation. Specifically, the students looked at COP26 and climate justice through the lens of social justice.

Learn about their research and other ways to get involved in climate change, diplomacy and global affairs research.
5:30 p.m.RRI 101
GPI Career Talk: U.S. Department of State and U.S.-China RelationsThe USC Global Policy Institute is excited to invite all USC students to a GPI Career Talk with Travis Glynn.
Learn about a career for the U.S. Department of State from Travis Glynn, a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and hear him talk about his pathway to holding a position within the government. All majors and years are invited to attend this panel and Q&A.
5:00 p.m.SOS B40
Careers in International Relations: Grad School, PhDs and AcademiaThe USC Global Policy Institute is excited to invite all USC students, faculty and staff to a professional development panel on pursuing graduate school, PhD programs and careers in academia.

Learn about the application process, being a strong applicant, pursuing a PhD or master’s degree and different career paths in academia within political science and international relations. All majors and years are invited to attend this panel and Q&A.
5:00 p.m.SOS B40
The Global Assault on Freedom of the PressReporters Without Borders (RSF) labeled 2020 as, “a decisive decade for journalism, exacerbated by coronavirus.” With democratic backsliding, civil unrest and economic turmoil taking place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists have heightened responsibility and importance.

Join us for a discussion on the role of journalists and the important of media freedom in today’s world. We will be joined virtually by Stephanie Sugars, a senior reporter from the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.
4:00 p.m.SOS B40
Social Sciences Senior Advice PanelAs part of our professional development series, the USC Global Policy Institute invites all USC students to a senior student panel! If you’re interested in hearing from seniors studying political science, international relations, public diplomacy, economics and intelligence and cyber operations, join us on Tuesday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. in SOS B40.

Students will network with a few USC seniors who will be discussing their professional and academic experiences at USC, in Washington D.C. and across the world!

If you can’t join us in person, join us over Zoom here.
5:30 P.M.SOS B40
What Comes Next in AfghanistanA crisis briefing on the end of America’s longest war

Join us for a discussion on the political and humanitarian consequences of U.S. withdrawal, how we got here and what recent developments mean for the future of Afghanistan — in terms of everything from migration to human rights.

GPI is joined by Sonila Sonila and Steve Swedlow. Prof. Sonila will join GPI via video from Kyrgyzstan, where she is currently based. Prof. Swerdlow will be with students in person to moderate discussion.
6:00 P.M.SOS B40

COP26: What’s at Stake?

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, is the world’s most important conference on climate change. This year, the conference is being held in Glasgow, Scotland.

The USC Global Policy Institute’s COP26 series explores the conference, issues related to climate change and the environmental movement altogether. Follow along as we publish articles throughout the duration of the conference (Oct. 31 to Nov. 12) and host COP 26-related events and programs.

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

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