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On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was breached, allowing a stream and then a flood of East Berliners through its gates and into West Berlin. It was a world-changing event.
GW's Elliott School of International Affairs Receives $2.7 Million from Department of Education’s Title VI Program
In October 2014, two Elliott School research institutes received grants from the U.S. Department of Education for more than $2.7 million. The awards, part of the Department of Education’s Title VI program, will support the work of the Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
“Africa’s prosperity depends on Africa’s greatest resource—its people.” This was the theme of the Elliott School’s David H. Miller event featuring U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
In November, as the Obama administration reviewed its strategy toward ISIS and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two back-to-back Elliott School events examined the options available to the United States and its allies as well as the path forward in the region.
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall — which had separated East Berlin from West Berlin for almost 30 years — went from serving as a grim reminder of the divide between East and West to serving as a beacon of hope to those living under Communist rule. Less than two years later, the Soviet Union dissolved and the Cold War ended.
The “color” revolutions that swept across Eurasia during the 2000s gave many observers, including regional scholars, reason to believe that democratization was on the rise. Popular uprisings like Kyrgyzstan's "Tulip revolution" and Georgia's "Rose revolution" resulted in power transfers in the region. But once in place, most of the new leaders quickly reverted to old authoritarian policies.
Imagine you're an international development practitioner in the field. Your host country has given you a new assignment: evaluate the impact of a pilot deworming program using a randomized control trial. What are your first steps?
On April 5, 2014, approximately seven million Afghan citizens turned out to vote in the country's first presidential election since Hamid Karzai took power a decade before. The election, and its subsequent runoff vote on June 14, marked the first peaceful transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history. For many Afghans and outside observers alike, the elections -- although fraught with barriers from violence to illiteracy -- were a signal of progress.
“The veterans in this room—and around the world—have contributed a great deal to this country, and it is a privilege to be here to learn more about their service,” said Elliott School Associate Dean Douglas Shaw in his keynote remarks at Through Their Eyes, a unique event that featured veterans’ stories of military service rendered into artwork by area high school students.
The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time at GW, as we welcome new and returning students to Foggy Bottom. Fall 2014 is no exception.
The Elliott School welcomes eight new and returning faculty members in Fall 2014. The cohort studies a range of global issues, from Africa’s emerging democracies to agriculture and economic development to U.S. national intelligence.