In many ways, this academic year will be remembered for our community’s steady recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Students and faculty resumed classroom instruction; staff returned to their workspaces at IAB; and the School began to welcome visitors back to campus. As summer beckoned, the resumption of in-person Class Day and Commencement ceremonies provided occasion for gratitude and optimism for the future. All the while SIPA persisted in its invaluable work of teaching and research and engagement on essential questions of global public policy.
SIPA established the new Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Global Leadership, a 10-month, full-time program for leaders with 10+ years of experience who seek the skills to keep growing in their careers, enhance their leadership capacity, and create greater impact. SIPA will welcome its first cohort in 2023.
When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the SIPA and Columbia communities responded. Faculty have been prominent and prolific commentators, at University events and in diverse news outlets, since the war's onset. Our students and alumni have been active, too, in varied ways. Read more about their continuing activities.
A study by Professor Douglas Almond (pictured), PhD student Xinming Du, and Alana Vogel MIA ’20 examined the impact of Russian internet “trolls” on online betting markets, suggesting that the trolls’ activity influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election in the direction of Donald Trump.
SIPA's Center on Global Energy Policy, led by founding director Jason Bordoff, partnered with the Obama Foundation to host former President Barack Obama for a roundtable with youth activists, SIPA students (including Eduarda Zoghbi MPA ’22, pictured), and Obama Foundation Scholars Program alumni at COP26.
In March, a team of three SIPA students won top honors at a competition among representatives from the seven member schools of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). The winning project, known as Sourceable, would make it easier to document and verify human-rights violations that might otherwise be ignored, suppressed, or challenged.
SIPA’s Alumni Day returned after a two-year hiatus with a live presentation of the School’s inaugural alumni awards and a virtual seminar on climate change. The in-person portion of the program, held at IAB on April 30, also featured conversations with honorees Sumant Sinha MIA ’92 and Nicole Van Der Tuin MPA ’12.
Juan Manuel Santos, the former president of Colombia and Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2016, was SIPA’s visiting George W. Ball Adjunct Professor in spring 2022. He taught the course Leadership Lessons for Important Battles and delivered the most recent Ball Lecture, entitled “From Hawk to Dove,” on April 27.
In response to the DEI self-assessment conducted in Spring 2021, SIPA restructured its diversity committee to move SIPA’s DEI agenda forward. In particular, the School launched the SIPA DEI Alumni-Student Mentoring Initiative and began the search for a new full-time administrator to focus exclusively on diversity and community relations at SIPA. Read additional highlights in the committee's year-end report.
The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies inaugurated a new pilot program, Emerging Voices in National Security and Intelligence, that will expand curricula at SIPA and Columbia and encourage female, BIPOC, and first-generation students (undergraduate and graduate alike) to consider and pursue professional opportunities in national security and related fields.
What Can Be: The Campaign for SIPA concluded in December 2021 having raised $160 million over five years. All told, more than 4,700 SIPA alumni and friends gave generously to support financial aid for our students, high-impact research by our professors, and new hiring in critical fields.
Professor Robert Jervis, a giant in the field of international relations who taught at SIPA and Columbia for more than four decades, died at his home in Manhattan on December 9 following a battle with lung cancer.
SIPA remembers John G. Ruggie, a political scientist who served as the School’s dean from 1991 to 1996 and went on to lead a seminal United Nations effort to definitively establish the responsibilities of countries and companies alike with respect to human rights.