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Columbia Political Scientists Brief Foreign Media at the New York Foreign Press Center

Last fall, faculty from the Division of Social Science worked with the United States Department of State’s Foreign Press Center in New York (NYFPC). The NYFPC supports U.S. policies by helping foreign media cover the U.S. Their goal is to promote the depth, accuracy, and balance of foreign reporting from the U.S., by providing direct access to authoritative American information sources. The NYFPC primarily engages with international media reporting from United States, either on short-term assignment or as resident members of the U.S.-based foreign press corps, through press briefings, roundtables, one-on-one interviews, and press tours.

The NYFPC provides resident and visiting foreign media with critical access to government officials, newsmakers, and policy experts, as well as grant them exposure to the political, economic, social, and cultural context in which U.S. policy is made. Recently, Political Science faculty members Robert Y. Shapiro, Page Fortna, and Justin Phillips have delivered press briefings at the NYFPC on topics ranging from terrorism to the upcoming presidential election. Thirty journalists from nineteen countries have participated in briefings with Columbia Social Science faculty, either from the New York center or tuning in remotely from the center in Washington, D.C. 

Robert Y. Shapiro, Professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science who specializes in American politics,  spoke at the NYFPC on October 8 about the upcoming presidential election and the impact of election demographics. Page Fortna, Department Chair, participated in a press briefing on terrorism at NYPFC on September 30.  Her research focuses on terrorism, the durability of peace in the aftermath of both civil and interstate wars, and war termination. Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science Justin Phillips delivered a press briefing on the 2016 election.  His current research projects  include analyzing the effects of public opinion on sub-national policymaking and evaluating the power of state governors in negotiations with legislatures.

By: Kristi DiLallo