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.

Resource Page

Fall 2021 Application — Now Open

GPI is currently accepting applications for new undergraduate fellows to join us this semester. If you’re interested in joining USC’s only student-run foreign affairs think tank, check out our application. Applications are due Sunday, September 26. All undergraduates — any year or major — are invited to apply.


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.

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

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.

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

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

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