In the weeks leading to Election Day, the Elliott School’s Web Video Initiative will post a series of videos that explore the major foreign policy issues facing the next U.S. president. Each installment will feature an Elliott School faculty expert outlining the greatest challenges in their field. The inaugural video features Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, discussing the challenges faced by the next U.S. president in winding down the war in Afghanistan.
Rose Gottemoeller, Department of State Acting Under Secretary (and Elliott School alum), cordially invites you to a special event- Three Pillars for Peace and Security: Implementing the NPT
U.S. Department of State, East Auditorium, George Marshall Conference Center (Enter at 21st St. NW, between C St. & Virginia Ave., Washington, D.C.)
This event will highlight the work of the P5 in fulfilling their commitments under all three pillars of the NPT, and also provide a venue for discussing how all states can, through their efforts across the three pillars, help to create the conditions for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Please RSVP to P5Conference@state.gov no later than 5:00p.m. EDT, Monday, June 25, 2012.
Please include the following information in your reply:
-”P5 Conference” in the subject line of your response email
-Full name, organization, title, date of birth
-For U.S. citizens: U.S. drivers license number and state of issuance
-For non-U.S. citizens: foreign passport number with country of issuance
Are you interested in sustainability and international development? The Elliott School’s M.A. program in International Development Studies (IDS) offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to study those issues from different angles. For more information on the IDS program, a selection of courses, and our Adaptation to Climate Change research initiative, please click here.
A week before the NATO Summit in Chicago, where more than 70 heads of state and international organizations met to discuss international security issues, the Elliott School of International Affairs hosted a “Shadow Summit” for international affairs practitioners, scholars, and students in Washington, DC.
“One of the things I learned from the Shadow Summit was that the thinking outside of NATO about the future of Afghanistan was much broader than the thinking that went on at the NATO Summit in Chicago,” said Joanna Spear, associate professor of international affairs and director of the Elliott School’s Security Policy Studies program. “So [here], we really have experts talking about transitions and how this is going to work long-term, where as NATO stuck very much to the withdrawal…not really talking to the wider issues that affect security issues in the country.”
In addition to Afghanistan, Shadow Summit participants discussed NATO’s new Strategic Concept, as well as Libya, missile defense, inter-alliance relationships, and the organization’s financial priorities and constraints.
“I think it was the case that there were a lot of people who came to the Shadow Summit and then traveled to Chicago for the NATO Summit,” said Dr. Spear. “So I think, for them, we provided a broader canvas to think about some of these issues.”
Expert panelists included Amb. James Dobbins of RAND; Amb. Nancy Soderberg, former deputy assistant to the President for national security affairs; Walter Slocombe, former undersecretary of defense for policy; and Amb. Kurt Volker, former U.S. permanent representative to NATO.
The event was co-sponsored with the British American Security Information Council, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, NATO Watch, and Strategy International.
“Over the course of the years, we’ve put on a number of really crucial events – like the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan – and it’s important to be in conversations where you’re beginning to think about transitions and what’s coming out in the future,” added Dr. Spear.
Although the academic semester had ended, Professor Spear noticed a significant number of students who attended the two-day summit.
“There were really quite interesting conversations taking place among the scholars, students, and policy practitioners that joined us for the Shadow Summit. People who don’t normally or necessarily interact with one another had the chance to connect and really engage in some valuable conversation.”
-from Briefing, May 2012
Would you like to take a non-degree class this summer? You can see the full list of 2012 summer courses online. There are a few courses still available:
Post-Soviet Democracy Development
The objective of this seminar is to provide students with a broad overview of democratization development as it relates to the former-Soviet region. The course juxtaposes democratization theory with its actual practice in countries of the region, looking for trends and explanations for the trajectory of political development. Students will take a critical look at various democratization theories and implementation strategies employed in the region, as a means of broadening their own perspective, then will learn to apply their ideas to the formulation of strategies for the promotion of democracy.
Impact of Election Assistance
This course will start by exploring various approaches to election assistance, and their underlying rationales: how do different donors interpret the line between promoting democracy and interfering in the domestic affairs of a nation. The second part of the course will add practical application to the various election assistance approaches studied by looking at a series of case studies from the post-soviet states. Finally, the course will consider how election programming relates to other types of programming within the Democracy and Governance sphere, as well and Conflict and Post Conflict activities and explore how to better plan assistance for election based upon conditions in a particular country.
Two immediate and unavoidable facts confront us in this course. First, terrorism is a highly complex phenomenon and we have a limited amount of time to analyze it properly. Second, U.S. political and policy debates about terrorism are often not so much about “them” as they are about “us.” The spector of terrorism, in other words, has provided American political leaders, policy elites and citizens with the opportunity to debate how we should define ourselves as a nation and how we should politically engage with the world at large. We must also be aware of how societal preparedness and responses to terrorism can influence the efficacy of terrorism in the US and internationally.
Stabilization & Peace Building
Today’s states face challenges from myriad directions. Globalization, insurgencies, ethnic or sectarian conflict, totalitarianism, transnational crime syndicates, failing governance systems, cultural dissonance, terrorism, and emerging health threats are but just a sample of the dynamics that can bring down a state. Failed or failing states provide space and time in which conditions can form that in turn threaten a region or the international community.
Introduction to Gaming & Simulations
This course will review collaborative analysis techniques that have been developed to game out or simulate issues and situations of significance. The course presents an overview of public and private sector applications of these methods for analysis and training. It will also provide detailed descriptions of various approaches and their conceptual underpinnings.
Writing for Intelligence Professionals
This course will focus on the various types of writing you will likely encounter in the professional world – with an emphasis on the government sector, and in particular the intelligence community. Writing requires practice and this course will involve a series of short written assignments, plus in class practical exercises covering the types of written products routinely encountered in the professional world.
Political Economics of Financing Climate Change
Among the many developmental and environmental challenges humankind faces, climate change is the most complex ever encountered. No country is immune. No country alone can take on the interconnected challenges posed by climate change, including the controversial political decisions. As increasing amounts of money become available for climate change mitigation, this course will examine the financial architecture of climate change mitigation programs to assess performance, identify best practices, and evaluate the efficacy of these programs.
Defense Policy and Program Analysis
The course provides a very practical view of defense analysis: it stresses analysis as it is actually used in the national security community to help shape policy. The course will give students a firm foundation of defense affairs and issues; critical thinking about them; discrimination regarding analyses of them; and the skills to evaluate and sometimes employ the tools of analysis to help resolve them.
War & Conflict in Africa
This course explores patterns of armed conflict in contemporary Africa, its most important causes, and international responses to it. It does so in four parts. Part 1 explores how Africa’s wars relate to global trends in armed conflict. Part 2 analyses the major explanations for armed conflict in contemporary Africa namely neopatrimonialism, ethnicity, state failure, warlord politics, liberation struggles and competition over resources. Part 3 examines some of the main dynamics of Africa’s wars by looking at the roles played by insurgencies, private actors and children. Part 4 explores international responses to Africa’s wars and asks how they might be brought to an end.
Alternative Analysis: Red Team Approach
This course introduces students to the concept and application of alternative analysis. Alternative analysis is used not only in intelligence analysis and military operations, but also in commercial and business analysis. This course is designed for graduate students across many disciplines, who look to gain a better understanding of the intelligence community, learn alternative analysis techniques, and practice critical thinking skills that are applicable to any context.
We are in the last full week of courses for this semester, but there are still plenty of events for you to attend:
Tuesday, April 24
- Sustaining the Gains in Malaria: A Focus on Pregnant Women
- Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience: A Conversation with Bassam Haddad
Wednesday, April 25
- Climate Impact and Food Security
- Nuclear Policy Talks: Revolution in Nuclear Detection Affairs
Thursday, April 26
- European Energy Security and Turkey: The EU View
- Middle East Policy Forum: Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions
- Asian Film Series: Summer Time Machine Blues
Friday, April 27
- The Politics of Tough Budgets: Fiscal Responses to Crisis in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Greece
Saturday, April 28
- Rising Tides: A Simulation of Crisis in the Taiwan Strait
Monday, April 30
- Taiwan and Asia Pacific Economic Integration: ECFA, TPP, and Beyond
- Nuclear Policy Talks: Book Event: Ambassador Tom Graham on Unending Crisis
- Middle East Policy Forum: Ultimate Allies: Israel and the United States
Wednesday, May 9
- Security Policy Forum: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace
The Elliott School of International Affairs and the David H. Miller Foundation present
Prospects for Progress: Development, Security, and Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- William “Mark” Bellamy, Director, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya
- Tebelelo Seretse, Ambassador of Botswana to the United States
- Ambassador George Moose, Adjunct Professor of Practice of International Affairs, GW (co-chair)
- Ambassador David Shinn, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, GW (co-chair)
Monday, April 16, 2012
6:30 – 7:30 PM Lecture
7:30 – 8:00 PM Reception
Elliott School of International Affairs
City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW
RSVP at: http://go.gwu.edu/MillerLecture
Spring has sprung in DC! The cherry trees and daffodils are blooming, and the students are enjoying their spring break this week. We hope you will be able to visit GW soon. While you’re here, be sure to attend a few of our amazing events. See the full calendar of Elliott School events with descriptions here.
Thursday, March 15
Uses of History and Regional Diversity in Ukraine’s Elections: The Contested Past as an Electoral Resource, 2004-12
Friday, March 16
Panel Discussion: Aftermath of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Accident
Russia’s Energy Policy: Domestic and Foreign Dimensions
Monday, March 19
Myanmar in Transition: New Dynamics Between ASEAN and Yangon
Tuesday, March 20
Facilitating Nuclear Disarmament: Verified Declarations of Fissile Material Stocks and Production
Conversations with Scholars: Red Vengeance: Political Inequality and Maoist Violence in India
Gendering Gender: Rethinking Sexual Violence in war and Peace
Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and Holocaust Memory in the United States, 1977 – 90
China, India, and Water Security in the Greater Himalayas
Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement
Wednesday, March 21
Innovations in Inclusiveness and Accountability: How the Asian Development Bank Ensures Responsible Development Investment in Asia
Palestine’s Prospective Path: A Discussion with the Chief Representative of the PLO to the United States
Thursday, March 22
Ukraine’s Energy Security: Geopolitics, Economics, and Governance
The 2012 Annual Kuwait Chair Lecture: Gulf Monarchies: Facing Change
Friday, March 23
Kazakhstan and Global Nuclear Politics
Monday, March 26
U.S. Government Decision Making Process: Strengths and Weaknesses
Wednesday, March 28
After the Earthquake and Tsunami: Japan’s Nuclear, Economic, and Political Challenges — One Year Later
From GW Today Feb. 23, 2012
Former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff discuss cybersecurity legislation with policymakers at GW.
Some of the nation’s leaders and policymakers in the fields of homeland security, defense and intelligence gathered at George Washington’s Jack Morton Auditorium Wednesday to discuss the challenges of legislating cybersecurity.
Retired Vice Admiral Mike McConnell, M.P.A. ’86, former director of national intelligence and former director of the National Security Agency, and Michael Chertoff, former secretary of homeland security, joined senior congressional staff for a roundtable discussion analyzing cybersecurity legislation recently introduced in Congress.
The event, which concluded with a question-and-answer session, was hosted by George Washington’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and moderated by HSPI Director Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president for homeland security.
Broadcast live on C-SPAN, “A Conversation on Cybersecurity Legislation” also featured congressional staff members leading the cybersecurity legislative efforts, including Tommy Ross, intelligence and defense advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.); Jeffrey Ratner, counsel to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Nick Rossi, minority staff director of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Tom Corcoran, B.A. ’91, senior policy advisor to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Kevin Gronberg, senior counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security.
There’s always something to do for our students. The events just keep coming at the Elliott School. See the calendar for more details.
Lessons from Taiwan’s Elections
Stateless Places in the North Caucasus? Localized Forms of Sovereignty in Dagestan
Crowdsourcing as a Tool of Diplomacy
Network with Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies
Building a Better Haiti through Education
The Role of Egyptians in the U.S. in Building a Stronger Community and a Stronger Egypt
RESCHEDULED Security Policy Forum: Challenges Ahead: American and the Middle East
Ukraine’s Prospects: Economic Development, Energy Policy, and Business Climate
Elections and Public Opinion Polling in Russia
Middle East Policy Forum: King’s Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East
Fifth Annual James Millar Lecture: Soviet Industrialization through the Lens of Neoclassical Growth Theory
British Military Adaptation and the Struggle for Helmand, 2006-11
Women, Innovation and Aerospace
International Women’s Day 2012 at the Elliott School
From GWToday Feb. 2, 2012
Former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar gave a packed City View Room audience of George Washington community members a look into his leadership principles and political beliefs Wednesday night, addressing issues including Iraq and terrorism.
Mr. Aznar, who led Spain for two terms from 1996 to 2004 under the conservative People’s Party, said he believes politics is about making decisions and taking action. “It’s not about sitting unsure, waiting for solutions to emerge,” Mr. Aznar said.
Often, making those decisions isn’t easy or clear-cut, he added.
“Unfortunately, as you know very well, the world is not a perfect place where we have all the elements at hand to make an informed decision. On the contrary, in real life, information comes in disparate pieces, full of noise, of distractions,” said Mr. Aznar. It is thus essential leaders have clear principles they believe in, he added.
“If the question is whether it is possible to make decisions based on incomplete or imperfect information, the answer can only be a resounding yes. This is because exercising power means exactly that: exercising authority, making decisions and taking action.”
That means leadership and popularity rarely go hand-in-hand, Mr. Aznar said, adding it’s possible that’s because great leaders are often ahead of their time.
Mr. Aznar also defended his support of Spain’s involvement in the Iraq war. Calling Iraq a “difficult challenge,” Mr. Aznar said the nation is now self-sufficient and has a “promising” outlook. He added that his successor’s decision to pull Spanish troops from Iraq was a mistake.
In ending his speech, Mr. Aznar addressed terrorism, an issue that largely defined his time as leader of Spain. Just before the end of his second and final term, terrorists bombed trains in Madrid, killing nearly 200 people. It was the “most devastating and cruel terrorist attack in our history,” Mr. Aznar said.
“Don’t believe that terrorism has been defeated,” Mr. Aznar said. The will to defeat it must persist, he urged, as terrorism is an issue that must be fought on all fronts.
The opportunity to host Mr. Aznar was an honor, Visiting Fulbright Scholar Francisco Javier Rodriguez Jimenez said in his introduction. “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to interact with one of the most prominent political leaders of this period in Spain.”
Wednesday’s event was co-sponsored by the International Affairs Society and the Elliott School’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.
From GWToday Jan. 12, 2012
A $2 million grant awarded to George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs by the Carnegie Corporation of New York will help the school expand research and scholarship on important global issues.
“We are delighted and grateful that Carnegie Corporation is once again recognizing and supporting the unique contribution of the Elliott School to the study of, and response to, global security challenges,” GW President Steven Knapp said.
The grant, the single largest the foundation has awarded to the Elliott School, will support three major research programs. First, it allows for the expansion of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), an international collaboration of scholars working, in part, to enhance the Middle East’s political science field and its contribution to the foreign policy-making process.
Second, it will support the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), another network of academics promoting scholarship and policy engagement on various Eurasian security and political issues.
Finally, the award will fund another phase of the Worldviews of Aspiring Powers Project (APP), which tracks policy debates in five major and aspiring powers, including China, Japan, India, Russia and Iran.
The three programs all align with the goal of the Carnegie Corporation—a philanthropic foundation created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911—of supporting engagement among experts and officials from major countries and addressing security challenges that affect U.S. relations with other countries.
“The Elliott School’s mission of sponsoring scholarship and research that enriches our understanding of international problems, along with its focus on promoting policy-relevant research on some of the most critical security challenges affecting U.S. relations with pivotal powers is profoundly important in today’s global society,” said Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “We are proud to support this institution, which works toward one of Andrew Carnegie’s most cherished goals: the advancement of international peace.”
Today’s grant included, the corporation has awarded the Elliott School $5.3 million since 1990.
12 Masters Degrees
At the Elliott School we offer twelve master’s degree programs including 10 Master of Arts, a mid-career program called the Master of International Policy and Practice, and a dual degree for students at our partner institutions abroad—Master of International Studies.
Each program’s page has links in the left column to information such as curriculum, foreign language requirements, faculty, internships/employment opportunities, study abroad options, and special events.
- Asian Studies
- European and Eurasian Studies
- Global Communication
- International Affairs
- Latin American and Hemispheric Studies
- International Development Studies
- International Trade and Investment Policy
- International Science and Technology Policy
- Middle East Studies
- Security Policy Studies
- Master of International Policy and Practice
- Master of International Studies
8 Institutes and Centers
At the Elliott School there are eight Research Centers and Institutes which contribute vital knowledge making the Elliott School a leader in the analysis of important global issues.
Center for International Science and Technology Policy
CISTP is a locus for research and the exchange of information and ideas. The center organizes seminars and meetings, sponsors research, and hosts visitors from elsewhere in the United States and abroad.
Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
IERES members conduct their own research projects; participate in scholarly conferences, seminars, and colloquia; and present public lectures. Many are called upon to advise the U.S. Government and to provide expert commentary to the media.
Institute for Global and International Studies
IGIS’ mission is to foster intellectual exchange on international and global studies, including international organizations and law, trade regimes, international development, international security, U.S. foreign policy, and global governance, as well as the links connecting the above fields. The institute particularly supports research that “brings practice to theory” by focusing on challenges that real world problems pose to disciplinary debates, which spurs theoretical innovation.
Institute for International Economic Policy
IIEP supports high-quality academic and policy research that addresses critical issues surrounding the emerging global economy. Faculty members and research scholars focus on economic, political, legal, and historical analysis on international trade, international finance, and development.
Institute for Middle East Studies
IMES is a research organization housed in the Elliott School to support the work of faculty and students focusing on the modern Middle East — including the Arab world, Turkey, Israel, and Iran. IMES supports GW’s educational programs that focus on the modern Middle East.
Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
Since 9/11, U.S. and international policymakers have rediscovered the importance of communicating with foreign publics, understanding international media and public opinion, and finding new and better ways to exercise “smart power” around the world. IPDGC, a joint initiative of the Elliott School and the School of Media and Public Affairs, is dedicated to research on the growing role of communication in international affairs.
Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
ISCS aims to advance scholarship, education, and public understanding in the field of international security and conflict studies. Some particular areas of focus include nuclear weapons policy, proliferation and disarmament, and energy security.
Sigur Center for Asian Studies
The mission of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies is to increase the quality and broaden the scope of scholarly research and publication on Asian affairs; promote scholarly interaction between the U.S. and Asia; provide a major center for policy discussion and outreach; and prepare a new generation of students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers to take advantage of the rapidly expanding role of Asia in world affairs.
I recently attended a book party celebrating some of the great work of our faculty, and I wanted to share links for you to learn more about their publications from this year. Take a look through the list and perhaps you’ll find some to put on your personal reading list.
Hossein Askari, Risk Sharing in Finance: the Islamic Finance Alternative
Michael Barnett, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism;Humanitarianism Contested: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Michael E. Brown (ed.), Do Democracies Win Their Wars? An International Security Reader
Nathan J. Brown, When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics; (ed.) The Dynamics of Democratization
Robert Eisen, The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism
Amitai Etzioni, Law in a New Key: Essays on Law and Society
David Alan Grier (ed.), The Machines of Charles Babbage
Henry Hale (ed.), Russia in the 2000s: A Stereoscopic View
Hope Harrison, Ulbrichts Mauer. Wie die SED Moskaus Widerstand gegen den Mauerbau brach (Ulbricht’s Wall: How the SED Broke Moscow’s Resistance to Building the Wall)
Peter L. Hays, Space and Security: A Reference Handbook; (ed.) Toward a Theory of Spacepower: Selected Essays
James G. Hershberg, Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam
Norman Hicks, The Challenge of Economic Development
Benjamin Hopkins, Fragments of the Afghan Frontier
Gina M.S. Lambright, Decentralization in Uganda: Explaining Successes and Failures
John M. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
Marc Lynch (ed.), Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, And the Unmaking of an Era
Barbara Miller, Cultural Anthropology, 6th Edition
Kimberly Morgan, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Policy
Henry R. Nau, Perspectives on International Relations: Power, Institutions and Ideas
Joseph Pelzman, The Economics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Elizabeth N. Saunders, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions
John Schmidt, The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad
David Shambaugh (ed.), Charting China’s Future: Domestic and International Challenges
Robert Shepherd, Partners in Paradise: Tourism Practices, Heritage Policies, and Anthropological Sites
Stephen C. Smith, Economic Development, 11th Edition
Robert Sutter, U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present
Emmanuel Teitelbaum, Mobilizing Restraint: Democracy and Industrial Conflict in Post-reform South Asia
Stephen Smith, Professor of Economics and International Affairs; Director, Institute for International Economic Policy | Economic Development, 11th edition, Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith (Prentice Hall, 2011).
Daqing Yang, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs | Technology of Empire: Telecommunications and Japanese Expansion in Asia, 1883-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2011).