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Princeton University: AI Policy Precepts Center For Information Technology Policy Washington, D.C. – Spring 2024

Princeton University’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy Precepts is a non-partisan program designed to explore the core concepts, opportunities, and risks underlying the technology that will shape or influence federal policy making for the next ten years.


May 22: Books & Cocktails

On May 22, Zach Vertin hosted Books & Cocktails on the rooftop at the SPIA in DC Center, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carlos Lozada MPA '97 and Katie Rogers, White House Correspondent, both of The New York Times. Lozada discussed his chronicle of essays, "The Washington Book," offering insights into how political figures reveal themselves and what it tells us about our politics. Rogers shared reflections from "American Woman," which examines the influence of modern first ladies on campaigns and policy, and the transformation of the role itself.

April 18: Princeton AI Dialogues: Expert Briefings”—U.S. Senate & House of Representatives

SPIA in DC partnered with CITP faculty to convene the first two in a series of “Princeton AI Dialogues: Expert Briefings on Capitol Hill. One with the Senate AI caucus, and a second with the House AI Caucus. Together, the two sessions drew more than 50 participants from Republican and Democratic congressional offices and committees. Professors Arvind Narayanan and Peter Henderson, together with PhD candidate Sayash Kapoor spoke to a wide range of topical issues regarding AI development and governance—open vs closed models, safety and catastrophic risk management, testing/validation/red-teaming, cybersecurity, copyright, deepfakes, watermarking and provenance, potential impacts on labor, hiring, judicial processes, and children.

Princeton Sovereign Finance Lab Workshop

April 17 & 18, SPIA in DC welcomed Professor Layna Mosley and the Princeton Sovereign Finance Lab for a two-day workshop—“The Politics of Sovereign Finance”—on the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings. Some 90 scholars, policymakers, and private sector participants debated contemporary issues in the realm of sovereign finance, including domestic and international politics of access and default, global finance reform, international bond markets, debt restructuring, debt transparency and governance, and the ways in which China is influencing sovereign finance.

February 29: Globalization, the U.S. Economy, and Political Backlash

Princeton SPIA in DC and the Peterson Institute for International Economics co-hosted a public discussion on Globalization, the U.S. Economy, and Political Backlash. Following introductory remarks from Director Zach Vertin and Dean Amaney Jamal, the event and livestream featured Lazard CEO Peter Orszag, Princeton Professor Helen Milner, and Cullen Hendrix of PIIE. Watch the full event here.

February 23: Student Career Day Events and Alumni Reception

Princeton SPIA in DC, in collaboration with the career development team, hosted a D.C. Career Day for SPIA graduate students. The day included conversations with SPIA alumni serving as political appointees in the Biden Administration, site visits to international development organizations, including the World Bank and USAID and a networking reception on the SPIA in DC rooftop where 300 alumni and students celebrated the MPA program's 75th Anniversary.

February 16: Inside DC: Undergrad Policy Day in Washington

Princeton SPIA welcomed 40 undergraduate students for "Inside DC: Undergrad Policy Day in Washington", which included conversations with policymakers at the White House, National Security Council, World Bank, USAID, as well as with veteran journalists, NGO leaders, and former government officials.

Sincere thanks to the day’s many hosts and participants, including SPIA alumni Somya Bajaj *19, Samantha Libraty *23, Ellinore Ahlgren *21, Brian Kelly *12, Josh Black *00, Juan Jose Leguia Alegria *13, Anna Twum *18, Ryan Chia Kuo *18, Juan Sebastian Leiva Molano *23, Harrison Fuller *23, Alex Brockwehl *18, Megan McGuire *18, and Bunmi Otegbade *19, together with Princeton SPIA DC Director Zach Vertin and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Lipton.

January 29: Diplomatic Corps Dinner Series: Asia-Pacific

Director Zach Vertin hosted Ambassadors and senior diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region at Princeton’s new center in Washington. The Honorable Dr. Kevin Rudd, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, kicked off a discussion of political and economic trends in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as opportunities for the year ahead. This dinner is part of a series of Princeton SPIA engagements exploring collaboration with the diplomatic corps in Washington and reflects the School’s commitment to fostering international research, dialogue, and policy engagement.

January 18: Diplomatic Corps Dinner Series: Latin America

SPIA in DC Director Zach Vertin was grateful to host Ambassadors from Latin America to discuss opportunities for collaboration as well as political and security issues in the region. Princeton Professors Miguel Centeno and Deborah Yashar provided expert commentary, as did former U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis. This dinner is part of a series of Princeton SPIA engagements with the Diplomatic Corps in Washington, D.C., undertaken in furtherance of the School’s commitment to international research, dialogue, and policy engagement.


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