Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University has educated generations of international leaders and advanced the understanding of important global issues since 1821.

Located in the heart of D.C., our mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. The Elliott School of International Affairs, named in honor of former GW President Lloyd H. Elliott and his wife Evelyn, is dedicated to this mission.

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GW Serves: Senior’s Statistical Study Supports Sidewalk Safety | GW Today | The George Washington University 02/20/2024

Senior business analytics and international affairs major Sahas Srinivasan has been working with the Capitol Hill Village Sidewalk Safety Team to improve pedestrian safety in D.C.

Read how he brings his two interests together to help his community ⬇️

GW Serves: Senior’s Statistical Study Supports Sidewalk Safety | GW Today | The George Washington University Working with the Capitol Hill Village Sidewalk Safety Team, Sahas Srinivasan’s data analysis unveils need for improved pedestrian safety in D.C.

GW Student to Publish Book | GW Today | The George Washington University 02/19/2024

Elliott School senior Samyudha Rajesh is publishing a book titled “An Inside Job: A Guide to Self-discovery in an Ever-Changing World.” The international development major hopes that the book will help readers have a sense of reflection, understanding and ease.

GW Student to Publish Book | GW Today | The George Washington University Samyudha Rajesh’s book aims to take readers on a journey of self-reflection.

The Evolution of American Contemporary China Studies: Coming Full Circle? 02/18/2024

Professor David Shambaugh’s new article, “The Evolution of American Contemporary China Studies: Coming Full Circle?” was recently published in the Volume 33, Issue 146, March 2024 issue of “The Journal of Contemporary China (JCC)." It is now available online.

The Evolution of American Contemporary China Studies: Coming Full Circle? In the nearly 75 years that the People’s Republic of China has been in existence, the field of contemporary China studies in the United States has developed and evolved through six distinguishable ...

Book Launch for Statelet of Survivors: The Making of a Semi-Autonomous Region in Northeast Syria 02/15/2024

Next week, join Dr. Amy Austin Holmes' book launch for her new book, 'Statelet of Survivors - The Making of a Semi-Autonomous Region in Northeast Syria,' with remarks by Ambassador Bill Roebuck.

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Book Launch for Statelet of Survivors: The Making of a Semi-Autonomous Region in Northeast Syria The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and the Institute for Middle East Studies will be holding a book launch for Statelet of Survivors: The Making of a Semi-Autonomous Region in Northeast Syria" with the author, Amy Austin Holmes. Comments will be provided by Ambassador Bill Roebuck, who....

02/14/2024

The Elliott School of International Affairs had a special screening of the documentary “Are We Safer Today” with three members of the bipartisan National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, better known as the 9/11 Commission.

Join us in reflecting on this experience in our State of the School Annual Report ⬇️
https://annualreport.elliott.gwu.edu/influence-and-engagement

Two Decades of Civilian Protection Mandates for United Nations Peacekeepers | Elliott School of International Affairs | The George Washington University 02/13/2024

Professor Paul D. Williams recently had a book chapter, "Two Decades of Civilian Protection Mandates for United Nations Peacekeepers,” published in the book “The Individualization of War: Rights, Liability, and Accountability in Contemporary Armed Conflicts” edited by Jennifer Welsh, Dapo Akande, and David Rodin.

Congratulations, Professor Williams!

Two Decades of Civilian Protection Mandates for United Nations Peacekeepers | Elliott School of International Affairs | The George Washington University Professor Paul D. Williams authors new book chapter: "Two Decades of Civilian Protection Mandates for United Nations Peacekeepers."

02/12/2024

After Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Tony-award winning producer Jenna Segal, B. A. ’98, and her husband, Paul, joined Dean Alyssa Ayres and professor Marlene Laruelle to find a way to support scholars in the region. The result was the innovative Fund for Scholars Affected by the War in Ukraine.

You can read all about it in the State of the School Annual Report ⬇️
https://annualreport.elliott.gwu.edu/research-elliott-institutes-and-initiatives

IMES Visiting Scholar: Hanna Berg - Institute for Middle East Studies 02/08/2024

The Institute for Middle East Studies recently welcomed Visiting Scholar Hanna Berg! Berg is a fifth year PhD candidate from the department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Welcome!

IMES Visiting Scholar: Hanna Berg - Institute for Middle East Studies Home Spotlights IMES Visiting Scholar: Hanna Berg Spotlight IMES Visiting Scholar: Hanna Berg January 30, 2024 Visiting scholar Hanna Berg is a fifth year PhD candidate from the department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Her academic background is in Semitic languages...

02/07/2024

Do you want to address your classmates and other members of the Elliott School community at this year’s Elliott School Commencement celebration? If you are a member of the graduating class of 2024, you can apply to be our Elliott School Student Speaker – the deadline is March 10, 2024! Students chosen for an audition will be emailed by March 24.

Apply today ⬇️
https://bit.ly/3w1RF7F

Malaysiakini and the Power of Independent Media in Malaysia 02/06/2024

The Elliott School Book Launch Series, GW School of Media and Public Affairs, and Sigur Center for Asian Studies are holding a book launch tomorrow for “Malaysiakini and the Power of Independent Media in Malaysia,” by GW Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs Janet Steele.

Don’t miss out! Join us at 12:30 PM EST tomorrow, February 7. This event will be streamed.

Malaysiakini and the Power of Independent Media in Malaysia The Elliott School Book Launch Series, GW School of Media and Public Affairs, and Sigur Center for Asian Studies present a book launch for Malaysiakini and the Power of Independent Media in Malaysia, the newest monograph from GWU Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs Janet....

02/02/2024

For our State of the School Annual Report, we spoke to graduate student Medha Prasanna about receiving the prestigious Harold Rosenthal Fellowship. She spent her summer as a fellow for the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Asia Pacific Team.

Dive deeper into her experience ⬇️
https://annualreport.elliott.gwu.edu/students-inspiring-excellence

01/31/2024

Get ready for a journey through the heart of the Elliott School! Over the next week, we'll be unveiling highlights from our Annual Report in our "State of the School" series. Join us in celebrating the milestones, triumphs, and legacy that shape the essence of the Elliott School of International Affairs as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary.

Brush up on your Elliott School history ⬇️
https://annualreport.elliott.gwu.edu/elliott-celebrates-125-years

01/30/2024

The National Endowment for Democracy announced today that Alyssa Ayres, dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs, will be one of three new members joining the Board of Directors. Congratulations, Dean Ayres!

2024 Inclusive Excellence Week 01/25/2024

Join us for the 4th annual Inclusive Excellence Week! Explore the global language of DEI through engaging programming and workshops. This year's theme: "Can We Talk?" Register below for a week of diverse perspectives on International Affairs!

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2024 Inclusive Excellence Week Join us for the 2024 Inclusive Excellence Week. This year's theme is “Can We Talk?: The Global Language of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion."

Aya Kantorovich 01/18/2024

Congratulations to Elliott School alumna Aya Kantorovich, B.A. ’16, for being named to the 2024 Forbes' 30 Under 30 list! Way to make !

Read about Aya’s accomplishments ⬇️

Aya Kantorovich Aya Kantorovich on the 2024 30 Under 30 - Finance - A former executive at FalconX, an $8 billion institutional crypto brokerage, Kantorovich left the firm,

Student Voices: An Open Letter to the World Food Forum 01/11/2024

Six graduate students from GW recently represented the GW Global Food Institute as a youth delegation to the World Food Forum in Rome, Italy.

Read their thoughts on the experience ⬇️

Student Voices: An Open Letter to the World Food Forum Six GW graduate students share their thoughts after representing the Global Food Institute at the global forum in Rome, Italy. Authored by: Sydney Pryor, Kailey McNeal, Nicholas Smaldone, Juan Archila Godinez, Lois Maison, Angela Tarana While the draw of authentic cacio e pepe just might b...

01/09/2024

Janet Steele, professor of media and public affairs and international affairs, has authored a new book, “Malaysiakini and the Power of Independent Media in Malaysia.” Congratulations, Professor Steele!

Event Series: Q***r Focus 01/05/2024

The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies is co-sponsoring the event series Q***r Focus: Gender and Sexualities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Starting January 19, these virtual panels will examine q***r studies through a variety of disciplines.

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Event Series: Q***r Focus This six-part virtual event series will examine q***r studies within Eurasia through a variety of disciplines and themes. Runs from Jan. 19 through March 15.

World Expos: Grand scale public diplomacy effort 01/04/2024

At last year’s December First Monday Forum hosted by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, a panel of Senior Foreign Service Officers discussed the importance of expos in the 21st century.

Read all about it and watch the event recording ⬇️

World Expos: Grand scale public diplomacy effort By Alexis Posel, IPDGC Communications Assistant At last year’s December First Monday Forum, a panel of Senior Foreign Service Officers discussed the importance of expos in the 21st century. The First Monday Forums are a recurring partnership between IPDGC and the Public Diplomacy Council of Americ...

12/31/2023

It’s been a wonderful year here at the Elliott School, and we can’t wait to see what experiences and memories we’ll make in 2024. See you in the new year! 🥳

12/22/2023

The Elliott School looks a little different here…🤔 Each year around the holidays, our students, faculty, and staff work together to recreate the Elliott School of International Affairs in gingerbread. Did you get to see the masterpiece? 🤩

12/21/2023

Wishing the community at the Elliott School a joyous winter break filled with warmth, laughter, and well-deserved relaxation! 🙌

The Elliott School will be closed until January 2nd, but we can't wait to welcome you back.

Photos from Elliott School of International Affairs's post 12/19/2023

Thank you to Professor Seema Alavi for discussing her new book, “Sovereigns of the Sea: Omani Ambition in the Age of Empire” with students! Thanks also to Professor Ben Hopkins for moderating this event.

📸: GW Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Elliott Alumnus Earns Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship 12/17/2023

Congratulations to recent Elliott School alumnus Yosef Bukhari, MA ’23, who has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford in England beginning in Fall 2024. Way to make !

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Elliott Alumnus Earns Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship Congratulations to recent Elliott School alumnus Yosef Bukhari, MA ’23, who has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford in England beginning in Fall 2024. He plans to pursue a PhD in international relations, focusing his research on nuclear deterrence. “W...

12/11/2023

Congratulations to Ziye Zhang, Elliott Class of 2025, on becoming a Schwarzman Scholar! Zhang will receive the opportunity to attend a one-year, fully-funded master’s degree program in global affairs at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. We’re so of you!

12/08/2023

On December 12, join the 2023 Walter Roberts Annual Lecture with HE Ambassador Bergdís Ellertsdóttir, Iceland's ambassador to the US. In this talk, Ellertsdóttir will discuss the unique position of Iceland in global debates about climate change.

RSVP ⬇️
https://calendar.gwu.edu/event/2023_walter_roberts_annual_lecture

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The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs has educated generations of international leaders and advanced the understanding of important global issues since 1821. The Elliott School of International Affairs, named in honor of former GW President Lloyd H. Elliott and his wife Evelyn, is dedicated to this mission.

We train our students in the theory and practice of international affairs, offering them in-depth analysis of international economic, political, scientific and cultural issues. The School's curriculum is interdisciplinary; most Elliott School full-time faculty are jointly appointed in GW departments. Our widely respected faculty prepares Elliott School students for global careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Elliott School graduates are consistently sought after for challenging global careers. What's more, our Washington, DC location allows us to form strong relationships with public, private, and non-profit organizations that regularly employ Elliott School students and alumni.

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