GPS is a YIRA program that meets weekly to debate and engage with cutting edge perspectives on international relations. YIRA hosts a wide range of different speaker events throughout the year. These events include informal roundtables, at which a group of interested students have the opportunity to discuss a specific topic with a distinguished guest, as well as larger events open to all Yale students.  YIRA's events seek to address all aspects of international relations, including politics, business, and culture.  

Past Speakers

  • Vinca LaFluer, Speech Writer for President Bill Clinton
  • Shimaa Helmy, Egyptian Blogger and Human Rights Activist
  • The Power of the Presidency: A Panel with the Ambassadors to the U.S. from Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine moderated by Professor ---  David Cameron
  • Adama Dieng, the United Nations' Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention
  • Judy Cheng Hopkins, the United Nations Assistant Secretary General of Peacebuilding
  • Production Team of "Rising from the Ashes"
  • Ambassador Cuisia of the Philippines to the United States
  • Fidel V. Ramos, Former President of the Philippines
  • Bawa Jain, Secretary-General of the World Council of Religious Leaders: "Religious Diplomacy, How Religion Shapes Global Decisions"
  • Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, former German Minister of Defense: "The Myths of Transatlantic Relations"
  • Kenneth Jeyaretnam, Chee Soon Juan, and Meredith Weiss: "Singapore Today: Opposition Perspectives"

Want to suggest a speaker?

We are more than happy to help provide the resources necessary to bring your dream speakers to campus. Whether there is someone that you know personally and would like to invite to campus, or whether you are just dreaming of hearing a certain inspirational figure speak at Yale, we would love to hear your thoughts. Email our Executive Director Riddhima Yadav at to make a suggestion or get more information.