Since 2003, TRIP has explored the discipline of international relations (IR): who teaches it, how it’s taught, and its relationship to the policy world. With the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, TRIP works to “bridge the gap” between policymakers and scholars in IR to solve the 21st century’s most pressing foreign policy problems. To do this, TRIP conducts a variety of surveys of IR scholars in the United States through our Snap Polls, and around the world in periodic Faculty Surveys. Most recently, TRIP has expanded its surveys to include members of the press writing about foreign policy issues, internationally-focused think tanks, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). TRIP has also compiled comprehensive databases of academic and policy journal articles to track long-term trends in the discipline.
Over the last nearly two decades, TRIP has developed niche databases of IR scholars, journalists, policymakers, and now think tank and NGO staff. As a part of an attempt to bridge the gap, TRIP partners with other institutions across academia, including Princeton University, Freie Universität Berlin, and the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, in their efforts to study the theory and practice of IR in the United States and across the globe, leveraging TRIP's strong reputation to provide answers to complex questions about the discipline and look beyond IR's Ivory Tower.
Princeton's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance
In collaboration with Princeton's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, TRIP surveyed IR scholars at US and European universities to get their predictions about the direction of international relations over the next five years. Detailed in this Foreign Policy article, and in a forthcoming paper, the word from the scholars was grim.
Freie Universität Berlin
The “Global Pathways: Knowledge Diffusion in International Relations Research” project, in collaboration with Freie Universität Berlin, examines the diffusion of knowledge in the field of IR. The project integrates data from the TRIP faculty survey, journal content and citation analyses, as well as from CV analyses and semi-structured interview, examining national, regional, and substantive communities in the IR field.
The Sié Center for International Security & Diplomacy
With the Sié Center for International Security & Diplomacy at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, TRIP facilitated a survey examining the ethics of "bridging the gap"— scholarly engagement with policymakers.