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Bridging the Gap 
American University
School of International Service
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Washington, DC 20016

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    Funding and internship opportunities for political scientists interested in pursuing policy-focused research or careers.

The Bridging the Gap initiative is dedicated to strengthening the relationship between scholars of international relations and the broader foreign policy community. We aim to support policy-relevant academic research on international politics and provide professional development for those who wish to pursue it.

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of organized efforts in the academic community to apply scholarly expertise to policy-relevant research agendas, and to strengthen the place of that research in the political science discipline in particular.

We seek to build upon this momentum by pursuing three high-level goals:

  1. Bringing together scholars who have been leaders in advancing policy-relevant international relations research;
  2. Providing assistance to junior scholars seeking to engage in policy-relevant research or pursue careers in the policy world; and
  3. Connecting scholars with policymakers from the diplomatic, defense, and intelligence communities.

We will advance these goals through this website, as well as a series of meetings and conferences to build networks of scholars to support this type of academic research.

The Bridging the Gap initiative is co-sponsored by the School of International Service at American University; the University of California, Berkeley; and Duke University, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

BTG in the Media

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Tanisha Fazal, "Where Have All the Peace Treaties Gone?" The Global Observatory, Nov 14.

Stephen Kaplan, Opinion piece, "How the Debt Ceiling Threatens to Turn the U.S. into an Economic Turkey," Monkey Cage Blog, Oct 21.

Jeff Colgan: Policy Brief, “Oil, Conflict, and U.S. National Interests” published by the Belfer Center at Harvard, Oct 2013

Bruce Jentleson: Opinion Piece, "MOOC-ing About in High Tech Ed and High End Global Dialogue," Huffington Post, Oct 15.

Jeff Colgan: Opinion Piece, "40 Years after the oil crisis: Could it happen again?" Monkey Cage Blog, Oct 16.

Tana Johnson: Opinion Piece, "An Abdication of Global Governance? Why We Must Take a Closer Look at International Bureaucrats," Global Policy Blog, Sept 19.

Dawn Murphy: Interviewed on China's role in the Syrian crisis, The China Forum, September 22.

Bruce Jentleson: Cited in, "The Intervention of Least Resistance," Slate, August 30.

Dara Cohen: Featured in, "Social Scientists Seek New Ways to Influence Public Policy," Chronicle of Higher Education, August 30.

Kimberly Marten: Interviewed on U.S.-Russia Relations, Karen Finney's "Disrupt" show, MSNBC, August 11, 2013

Kimberly Marten: Interviewed on U.S.-Russia Relations, "Ekho Nedelii," RTVi,August 9.

Kimberly Marten: Interviewed on U.S.-Russia Relations,"The Takeaway," WNYC's (NPR),August 8.

Kimberly Marten: Opinion piece, “The Bane of Palestinian Fighting,” International Herald Tribune, July 26.

Jordan Tama: Quoted in, "Rand Paul’s suggestion he looks to Eisenhower for 'inspiration and guidance,'" Washington Post, July 24

David Blagden: Interviewed on the UK's nuclear review, BBC Radio, July 17

David Blagden: Opinion piece, "Reducing Britain's nuclear capability would be a grave mistake," The Guardian, July 12.

Ami Abou-bakr: Interviewed on, “Can you have a democratic coup?” BBC Today, July 4.

Lawrence Rubin: Interviewed on the situation in Egypt, NPR, July 3.

Kimberly Marten: Interviewed on Putin's decisions regarding the Snowden case, WYNC radio show, July 2.