University Seminar on International Relations and Contemporary Foreign Policy

Continuing the traditions established in the late Robert Jervis’ informal international relations faculty seminar, a decades-long forum that discussed current research and publications in the field, in the fall of 2021 the Institute announced its new University Seminar in International Relations and Contemporary Foreign Policy. The invitational seminar includes faculty from Columbia University and Barnard College, as well as professors and staff from the Council on Foreign Relations, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Hunter College, New York University, West Point, the US Naval College, and from abroad.

The Seminar, chaired by Institute Director V. Page Fortna, explores topics in international relations that have direct implications for contemporary issues of foreign policy. Through regularly hosting a community of scholarly experts engaged in analyzing current events through the lens of the existing academic conversation, the seminar strives to produce rigorous academic analysis of contemporary developments in foreign relations, synthesizing international relations theory and real world events.  Inquiries concerning the Seminar may be directed to Ingrid Gerstmann, Deputy Chair and Assistant Director, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies via email to