Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

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The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, commonly referred to as the Saltzman Institute or SIWPS, is a research institute affiliated with SIPA and the Political Science Department whose founding mission is to understand the "disastrous consequences of war upon man's spiritual, intellectual, and material progress."[1] It was founded as the Institute of War and Peace Studies in 1951, during Dwight D. Eisenhower's tenure as president of Columbia, and renamed in 2003 after Columbia alum Arnold A. Saltzman (CC '36), a diplomat and donor.[2]

As the Institute's website says, from the beginning it has "interpreted its role broadly," and today it takes its mission to be to probe "the political, military, historical, legal, economic, moral, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of international relations."[3] Fittingly, then, its members contribute broadly and quite prominently to scholarship and policymaking in international relations, foreign policy, security studies, and related fields.

A number of the most noted scholars of international relations theory are associated with the Saltzman Institute or have been in the past. Its first director was William T.R. Fox, one of the field's founding figures and the coiner of the term "superpower". Current notable scholars include Kenneth Waltz, Fox's former student and the founder of the school called neorealism, and Robert Jervis. Its current director is Richard Betts.


  1. Saltzman Institute homepage, accessed 02/22/2009.
  2. Moore, Katie. "Columbia’s Institute of War and Peace Studies Named for Arnold A. Saltzman." Columbia University Record. April 25, 2003.
  3. Saltzman Institute homepage, accessed 02/22/2009.

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