Exploring critical global challenges and the related policies of nation-states and other global players

The USC School of International Relation’s Global Policy Institute is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and community education institute. We focus on policy issues and university programs that involve faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, policy makers and members of the public.

Editorial Content

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.


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.

Due to COVID-19, our programming has moved online. Join us for our virtual professional development series aimed for students interested in entering careers that make a global impact.

2020 Election Series

The USC Global Policy Institute is excited to continue its 2020 Election Series with our next event: “U.S. Foreign Policy in a Biden Presidency.” Participants will hear from lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and distinguished professor of political science at Pepperdine University Dan Caldwell about what a Biden White House foreign policy agenda looks like.

Join us on Tuesday, October 13th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. PST for this Zoom webinar and Q&A. 

Zoom link: https://usc.zoom.us/j/94893613416

Human Rights & Politics in Eurasia – Speaker Series

human rights & politics in eurasia speaker series

Join USC POIR and the USC Global Policy Institute for “Courage Under Fire: Documenting Belarus’ Human Rights Crisis” on Wednesday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CET.

This webinar and Q&A, moderated by USC professor Steve Swerdlow, invites human rights defenders and journalists to share their observations and experiences from Belarus’ frontlines.

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Register here to receive the Zoom link — this form will also be provided in your confirmation email.


Global Policy Institute fellows are a group of hard-working students who are passionate about international relations and foreign affairs. Our fellows have studied and worked all over the world, including the Arctic, Rwanda, Belgium and Argentina, among other regions. Each fellow has a wide variety of interests that they are excited to share with the USC community. 

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