SIPA Institute of Global Politics

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Transforming ideas into global policy action

At the Institute of Global Politics (IGP), we develop and advance evidence-based solutions to today’s pressing global challenges.

We drive real-world impact by convening leading scholars and practitioners, developing policy solutions, and training the next generation of leaders.

Featured News and Events

Around Campus

Adjunct Professor James Holtje hosted a cohort of Student Scholars for an IGP Skills Workshop on blending credibility with reason, storytelling, setting and timing into a persuasive speech. 

In Conversation

Students joined the IGP roundtable discussion “Climate Change, Energy Transition, and National Security” with Sir Stephen Lovegrove and Diego Mesa Puyo. 


A new research effort to map the state of the art with respect to open-source tooling and concrete pathways towards open, sustainable, interoperable, and scalable tools will be housed at IGP. 

Semester in Review

IGP’s Fall 2023 Update

The Institute of Global Politics at Columbia SIPA launched on October 2, 2023. IGP has had a robust first few months of activity—we’ve hosted five Distinguished Fellows; offered intellectually rich programming in the form of major events, rapid response webinars and conversations, and policy roundtables; and are advancing a number of project streams. There is much more to come.

IGP launch event participants

Research for impact

Based at the world’s top school for global public policy, the nonpartisan Institute of Global Politics harnesses the deep expertise and experience of leading scholars and practitioners through a dynamic program of initiatives—from signature speaker series to dynamic editorial pieces.

Collage of Fellows

Bridging academia and policy

We convene top practitioners from around the world to collaborate with faculty and students from Columbia University and beyond. Our Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows include a former head of state, high-ranking policy officials, diplomats, activists, and other distinguished leaders from across the globe.


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Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nancy Pelosi

Advancing open dialogue

IGP provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas and respectful discourse through its signature speaker programs. From Spotlight Interviews to the Across the Aisle series, IGP brings leaders from the public and private sectors into dialogue to share lessons learned, discuss global challenges, and find commonalities across partisan and ideological divides.

IGP Student Scholars

Training the next generation of leaders

The IGP Student Scholars Program helps prepare Columbia students to understand and find solutions to today's global challenges. Students selected for the program benefit from the mentorship of leading practitioners and scholars, gain hands-on experience in policy making, and engage in dialogue on the world’s toughest problems.

Discover our work

IGP’s signature speaker series offer a vital platform to exchange ideas, find common ground, and model civil discourse for the next generation of policy leaders.

Our publications provide non-ideological, evidence-based research and recommendations to help leaders around the world navigate current policy challenges.

To train the next generation of leaders, IGP will host small, closed-door Policy Roundtables and Skills Workshops for Columbia students with the Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows and other leading practitioners.