Many of the Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows were present for the IGP Summit, joining Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dean Keren Yarhi-Milo, and Dame Louise Richardson of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. [photo: Shahar Azran]

Inaugural Year

IGP's Inaugural Year in Review

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) launched its much-anticipated Institute of Global Politics (IGP) in October 2023. In the months that followed, IGP brought people together across geographic and political divides, created a space for open dialogue across ideological differences, inspired new ideas, and worked to advance necessary conversations and build the foundation for policy impact work addressing some of today's most pressing challenges

Find a summary of our inaugural year below and stay tuned for what's to come!

By the Numbers (October 2023 - May 2024)


Major Events


Policy Roundtables & Skills Workshops


Event Attendees


Event Livestream Views


Rapid Response Webinars & Conversations


Across the Aisle Conversations


Fellows Hosted


Student Scholars From Across Columbia University

14 Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows

IGP’s Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows visited Columbia SIPA throughout the 2023–2024 academic year, adding their perspectives to ongoing policy work, participating in major events, and engaging with students in Policy Roundtables, office hours, and one-on-one sessions. 

Our Fellows cohort included a diverse mix of high-profile practitioners from across a range of sectors, including a former head of state, senior policy officials, diplomats, activists, tech leaders, and other distinguished leaders. 

Select Major Events and Key Moments

dean Keren Yarhi-Milo

October 2023
- The Inaugural Summit launched with a full day of programming dedicated to conversations about the global economy, artificial intelligence and democracy, civil discourse, women shaping diplomacy, and more. 

- IGP held its first Rapid Response webinar, "Assessing Israel's Next Moves"

- Shortly thereafter, a second Rapid Response webinar, "Assessing the War in Gaza", examined the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

December 2023
- Journalist and PBS NewsHour co-anchor Amna Nawaz moderated an Across the Aisle event with former White House Chiefs of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Ron Klain. 

February 2024
- "The Future of Ukraine"  saw experts, scholars, and diplomats discuss NATO assistance to Ukraine, the prospects for long-term peace plans, and urgent questions regarding the country's recovery.

- Drawing experts from across the field, "Preventing and Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence" focused on policies and frameworks to counter gender-based violence in armed conflicts. 

- At the Munich Security Conference, IGP experts discussed the role of universities in navigating the geopolitics of the 2024 election year.

March 2024
- IGP launched its Women's Initiative, dedicated to ensuring women’s full and equal participation in society, with a major Summit.

- Together with Aspen Digital, IGP hosted "AI's Impact on the 2024 Global Elections", a summit examining and addressing the threat that AI poses to the integrity of elections worldwide.

April 2024
- Together with the Urban and Social Policy Concentration, IGP brought together 9 members of the New York City Council to discuss the state of day care and after-school care in "The State of Child Care in New York City".

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Conversations that Engaged and Inspired

IGP is a hub where those with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints convene to discuss, listen, and engage with one another in the name of working towards solutions to some of today's most critical challenges. In its inaugural year, IGP launched three event platforms that brought together scholars, policy experts, diplomats, journalists, and local and international leaders to offer key takeaways as events unfolded in real-time; to demonstrate the value of civil discourse between those with opposing views; and learn from those who have spent their careers working to remedy global challenges. 

Below are highlights from our Across the Aisle, Rapid Response, and Spotlight Interview series. 

Across the Aisle, the Knight Foundation

IGP’s Across the Aisle series featured discussions between prominent leaders with often divergent perspectives to model the value and necessity of civil discourse to advance policy solutions. This year's discussions included:

  • Larry Hogan, the Republican former governor of Maryland and Kathy Hochul, the Democratic governor of New York, moderated by Andrea Mitchell of NBC News
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  • White House Chiefs of Staff Ron Klain and Mick Mulvaney, moderated by Amna Nawaz, coanchor of PBS NewsHour. Watch the discussion » 
  • Roger Carstens, Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs; Julia Nesheiwat, former Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Resilience; Robert O’Brien, 27th US National Security Advisor and IGP Carnegie Distinguished Fellow; Sean Penn, Academy-Award winning actor and filmmaker; Jason Rezaian, Opinions Columnist, The Washington Post, moderated by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Watch the discussion » 
Rapid Response

Through online events and faculty interviews, IGP released Rapid Response analysis, in real time, as events unfolded throughout the world.

Watch the Rapid Response discussions:

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Spotlight Interview

The Spotlight Interview speaker series brought prominent public- and private- sector leaders to IGP for in-depth conversations, on a wide range of issues, with Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Read IGP coverage from the Spotlight Interview series and watch the discussions, including:

IGP Student Scholars: The Next Generation of Local and Global Leaders

The IGP Student Scholars Program prepares Columbia students to understand and find solutions to today's most complex global challenges. Students selected for the program benefit from the mentorship of our Faculty Advisory Board and Distinguished Fellows, priority access to events, and other unique opportunities to gain hands-on experience and insight that will, ultimately, shape their work as policymakers, researchers, thought leaders, and change makers. 

This year, we welcomed 36 students into the inaugural cohort of Student Scholars, representing six different programs across Columbia University. 

Headshot of Natalia Kanos

"IGP showed me the importance of listening and engaging with individuals from all over the world and with different views. When we do that, we can tackle age-old problems from unique perspectives and angles."  

- Natalia Kanos 
2023 - 2024 IGP Student Scholar

Meet Our Student Scholars 

Learning & Leading: Policy Roundtables

Policy Roundtables give students unparalleled access to the IGP Carnegie Distinguished Fellows and other select guests who are directly engaged in addressing a host of global issues and challenges

Teaching & Training: Skills Workshops

IGP prepares students for careers in the policy world before they begin through hands-on Skills Workshops, led by practitioners with unmatched expertise and deep knowledge. By focusing on mastering essential skills that supplement what's taught in the classroom, students gain the tools to inspire policy change and action. 

Thank You!

Reflecting on IGP’s first year, we recognize the invaluable contributions of all who have ensured the vitality of this undertaking, from our Fellows, donors, and audiences to our Faculty Advisory Board, Scholars, and partners. We are deeply grateful for the support of our shared mission.

Thank you for making IGP's work possible, meaningful, and far-reaching. The work of this year is just the beginning. 


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