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About the Institute of Global Politics

We drive impact on today's global challenges by convening leading scholars and practitioners, developing policy solutions, and preparing the next generation of leaders.

SIPA Inaugurates Institute of Global Politics

Columbia SIPA raised the curtain on its much-anticipated Institute of Global Politics (IGP) on October 3, drawing a list of luminaries from across the world to its Inaugural Summit. The event featured a full day of panels, conversations, presentations, and more.

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From ideas to action

Through a dynamic program of initiatives—from publications to signature speaker series—IGP develops insights and actionable solutions to global challenges. IGP is also preparing the next generation of policy leaders, providing opportunities for Columbia students to gain hands-on experience in policy making and unparalleled access to experts in the field.

Maria Victoria Murillo

SIPA is the perfect spot for IGP – [it] has great scholars and faculty doing cutting-edge work, research that is academic, but it’s applied to policy making. 

— Vicky Murillo

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Bridging academia and policy

We convene top practitioners from around the world to collaborate with faculty and students from Columbia University and beyond on global challenges. Our inaugural cohort of Distinguished Fellows includes a Nobel laureate, a former head of state, a former CEO of a major technology company, and other leaders from around the world.

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Connecting local to global leaders

IGP is a hub for local and global leaders to share perspectives, innovate solutions, and align policy action for greater impact. Based in the global capital of New York City, IGP is also uniquely positioned to advance collaboration with the private sector and the media industry.

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Promoting civil discourse

In a highly polarized world, IGP provides a forum for open, respectful dialogue across partisan and ideological divides. IGP’s signature programs, such as its Across the Aisle series, offer a vital platform to exchange ideas, find common ground, and model constructive debate for the next generation of policy leaders.

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A leader in global policy

IGP is a hub for global policy innovation based at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. We draw on the world-class research of Columbia University and its location in New York City, convening top scholars and practitioners to forge solutions to today’s global challenges.