Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet joins Columbia faculty at new Institute of Global Politics

September 11, 2023

Former Chilean President and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will be part of the inaugural cohort of 14 global leaders who will visit Columbia over the course of the 2023–2024 academic year as Carnegie Distinguished Fellows of the new Institute of Global Politics (IGP) based out of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Launched on Thursday, September 7 by SIPA Dean Keren Yarhi Milo, and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, IGP is a new hub to connect the world’s leading policymakers, political leaders, practitioners, and scholars. The Institute will combine cutting-edge research with real-world policymaking to advance innovative, evidence-based solutions to the most pressing global challenges. 

IGP will align academics and experts around five global policy challenges: geopolitical stability, democratic resilience, climate and sustainable development, inclusive prosperity and macroeconomic stability, and technology and innovation. SIPA has identified these as key areas that will demand the world’s attention and resources in the coming years.  

“I am thrilled to partner with Dean Yarhi-Milo to launch the Institute of Global Politics, which will bring world leaders and practitioners together in New York City to advance evidence-based policy in pursuit of a better world. There is no better time for this Institute, and no better place for it than at Columbia University,” said Secretary Clinton, Chair of the IGP Faculty Advisory Board.

To celebrate the launch of IGP, Secretary Clinton and Dean Yarhi-Milo will bring the IGP Inaugural Carnegie Distinguished Fellows and other global leaders to SIPA’s campus for its Inaugural Summit, consisting of a series of topical programs, on October 3, 2023.

Apart from former President Bachelet, the group includes Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Minority Leader, Voting Rights Activist; Henrietta Fore, Former Executive Director of UNICEF; John Sullivan, Former Deputy Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the Russian Federation, among other high-ranking policy officials, diplomats, and activists.

To RSVP for the livestream of IGP’s official launch on October 3, please see here.