The International Relations Program

in conjunction with

IRUSA's annual NYC Trip will be held on Friday, November 7th. Events include a trip to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and an Alumni Reception in Midtown. The cost for the trip is $65.


Email Mark at to reserve a spot! Please be sure to provide your phone number and SAS email address (no personal accounts, please).

The IR Program, IRUSA, and SIR will each have tables on College Green this Saturday, November 1st, from 11am to 1pm as part of Quaker Fest and Homecoming celebrations. Stop by for hot cocoa and fun IR games!


See the latest news from our I.R. Alumni!

Lecturer Thomas Cavanna, Ph.D., was honored this summer with the Prix Jean-Baptiste Duroselle for his doctoral dissertation at Sciences Po, US Foreign Policy towards India and Pakistan in the 1970s. The Jean-Baptiste prize recognizes exceptional works in the study of international relations from French institutions.

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, directed by Dr. James McGann, has just released its 2012 rankings of the world's think tanks. The debut was marked by presentations at the World Bank and United Nations. These, along with the final report, are located on Dr. McGann's publications page:

The IR Program is proud to congratulate Javier Hernandez, a senior with us, for being awarded the "Eyes on the Prize" award by the Philadelphia chapter of the AFL-CIO. Javier was distinguished for his efforts in social justice and labor rights, embodying the spirit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. applied to his work. Congratulations, Javier!


Catherine Kipsang, an IR major in her senior year, has recently co-founded a website,, aimed at improving transparency in Kenyan politics by allowing users to post information about the country's government leaders. "It sounds very obvious, probably to an American," Ms. Kipsang reflects, "but in Kenya you don't really have information about your leaders." Adding, "People don't interact with their leaders.

Terrace Room, Cohen Hall

1/14/13, 5:30 to 7 PM

Dr. Jim McGann, Director of Penn's Think Tanks and Civil Socities Program, and Associate Director of the International Relations Program, was quoted in a Karen Tumulty piece for The Washington Post on Senator Jim DeMint's (R-SC) leaving federal legistature to run the Heritage Foundation. 


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