At the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, students and scholars produce knowledge and work to convince policymakers in the United States and abroad that careful attention to social science research can improve policy choices and outcomes. These intertwining efforts contribute real-life, practical solutions to contemporary international problems. 

A joint venture by Arts & Sciences and the Reves Center for International Studies at William & Mary, the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations provides a home for interdisciplinary, collaborative, internationally-focused student-faculty research that makes a difference in the world. 

Too often, there is a gap between the worlds of the theorist and the practitioner. The result can be sterile academic debates, divorced from the reality of international relations, and short-sighted policies that threaten economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and national security. Since we first opened our doors in 2008, we have sought to close that gap by training our brightest students to work alongside faculty to produce innovative, policy-relevant social science research that speaks to contemporary international problems and issues.