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The Project on International Peace and Security

The Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) is one of the premier undergraduate think tanks in the country. Based at W&M’s Global Research Institute, PIPS is designed to bridge the gap between the academic and foreign policy communities in the area of undergraduate education.

PIPS research fellows identify emerging international security issues and develop original policy recommendations to address those challenges. Undergraduate fellows have the chance to work with practitioners in the military and intelligence communities, and they have the chance to present their work to policy analysts and officials at a variety of venues in Washington, D.C.

Project Leaders

Professor Amy Oakes and Professor Dennis Smith

Focus Areas

Security, Public Policy, Emerging Threats

Learn About PIPS

PIPS is premised on two core beliefs: (1) rigorous policy-relevant research is a valuable component of a student’s education; and (2) undergraduates, when guided by faculty and policymakers, can make meaningful contributions to national security debates — their creativity and energy are untapped resources.

Donate to PIPS

Monetary support for PIPS will fund research fellows’ white papers, research intern training, and outreach to the policy community. Private and corporate giving are appreciated.

Non-monetary support (e.g. internship positions, offers to speak on campus, or willingness to advise on specific research projects) also is welcomed. For non-monetary support, please contact Amy Oakes and Dennis Smith at

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