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In the World shares the latest news from ITPIR, the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations at William & Mary.


ITPIR's scholarly projects foster student-faculty collaboration, leveraging the energy and acumen of undergraduates to conduct research, create knowledge and make recommendations to policymakers for addressing the world's challenges.


Our efforts aim to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of international relations. Thanks for your interest in our work.



Mike Tierney, Director

TRIP Receives MacArthur grant; Releases first snap poll of IR scholars -  defense spending too high, Syria will comply
The MacArthur Foundation has awarded TRIP a grant of $240,000 to study the relationship between the theory and practice of international relations. TRIP will identify U.S universities that produce the most policy-relevant research on international relations. Also, TRIP will survey IR scholars in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS countries). Read the full story.

A survey conducted by TRIP researchers of more than 900 International Relations (IR) scholars at U.S. universities finds a near consensus on a variety of foreign policy issues. A majority of scholars believes that the U.S. defense budget is too large and that recently proposed cuts will have no effect on U.S. national security. They also oppose unilateral U.S. military action against Syria. The survey was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the results have been featured in Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Huffington Post and Chicago Sun TimesRead the full story and view the report.

PIPS helps launch State Department's Diplomacy Lab


Professors Dennis Smith and Amy Oakes and PIPS fellows participate in a State Department Diplomacy Lab teleconference on the relationship between prisons and insurgency.

William & Mary is one of just two universities piloting a new program for the U.S. State Department that will help policy makers address pressing world issues. PIPS fellows will visit with Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the Diplomacy Lab program, in which faculty and student teams collaborate to tackle complex, real-world diplomatic challenges. The University of Virginia is the other participating school. Read the full story.

Kidogo, Kidogo "Little by Little" Women here helping women in Tanzania; W&M studying impact of "phone drops" 

A new partnership has formed between W&M scholars and a locally-based, global effort to help Tanzanian women via a "buy one, give one" mobile phone initiative. How it works: Kidogo, Kidogo™ (Swahili for "little by little") sells phone cases designed by a Tanzanian-based artist and donates a mobile phone to a woman in Tanzania for each case sold. Professor Philip Roessler and five of his students have designed a field experiment to measure the impact of these "phone drops" on a variety of development outcomes including health, safety and poverty alleviation. This research lays the groundwork for tested, realistic and effective approaches to policy interventions within developing countries.


W&M hosts first AidData Research Consortium


Is it possible to analyze the diffusion of funding earmarked for a specific type of project in one country?

That was the question Karen Grépin, assistant professor of global health policy at New York University, asked of her global health team during the inaugural AidData Research Consortium (ARC) Jan. 8-11 in Williamsburg.

TRIP data featured in French IR journal
French may be the language of diplomacy, but within academic circles, the French international relations (IR) field is often perceived as uniquely insular. Using data from the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) project based at the College of William & Mary, two French researchers have systematically explored this national isolation for the first time. Their results, published in the Revue Francaise de Science Politique, are now available  in English translation. Read the full story.
New data sets released on Chinese Aid to Africa
The China Data project seeks to make information about Chinese development finance flows to Africa more accessible and usable, through collaboration and collection of open-source data. 
AidData: The Chinese connection
AidData: The Chinese connection
By sharing, synthesizing and standardizing
 diverse sources of development finance information from journalists, scholars, government officials, business professionals and local community stakeholders, this open-data platform is designed to facilitate better analysis and understanding of Chinese development finance activities in Africa.
View newly-released data and learn more about China data.

Upcoming Events
Chinese Aid to Africa - 
March 25 Williamsburg Library
International Studies Assoc.
55th Annual Convention
March 25-29 Toronto
PIPS SymposiumApril 16 D.C.; April 23 the'Burg
Reform Incentives SurveyApril launch
AidData geocoded data releaseongoing through May
2014 TRIP Global IR PollAugust
TRIP Project WorkshopAugust APSA Conference D.C.
AidData Research ConsortiumJanuary 2015
TRIP ConferenceJanuary 2015

events are in Williamsburg unless otherwise noted

Where are they now?

Katy Money, '12. Former AidData RA. Earned a MS from London School of Economics in 2013 in Development Management, specializing in complex emergencies, ICTs for socioeconomic development, global environmental governance, and wrote her dissertation on crisis mapping for humanitarian assistance. Most recently accepted position at Chemonics International in D.C.

Allison Callery, '11. Currently working at Booz Allen with the Transition to Veterans Program Office in the DoD's Personnel and Readiness office. Earned a MA in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.

Doina Anca Cretu, '11. Former ITPIR RA who worked on BIRP (now Reform Incentives), currently pursuing a Ph.D. in International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; also consulting for projects regarding youth at risk and urban peace building in Southeast Europe.
Benjamin Strahs, '09. Former IT guru who built some of the first software used at PLAID (now AidData). The TRIP project still uses Ben's coding interface. Currently a software engineer for Facebook, leading the D.C. office.

Joanna Watkins, '04. Former PLAID veteran now working as a Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank in the Governance & Public Sector Management Group on projects aimed at making developing country governments run more effectively and efficiently -- covering topics such as performance management, public finance and human resource management across the globe. 

Jen Keister, '03. Dragooned (or naively volunteered) into the early versions of both PLAID and TRIP just prior to graduating in '03, and had intermittent participation with the projects over the following few years. Then joined the growing WM-UCSD cabal, and earned an MA ('06) and Ph.D. ('11) at UCSD working on civil war/insurgency/terrorism issues. Currently a visiting research fellow/postdoc at the Cato Institute in D.C. on national security issues, and development consulting as well. 

James D. Long, '03. Received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego (2012) and is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action at UC, Berkeley.

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