Briefing

The Elliott School Newsletter

Our electronic newsletter Briefing is designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments at the Elliott School and the achievements of our students, faculty, and alumni.



photo: Michael E. Brown

Message from the Dean

December 11, 2014

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

December 11, 2014

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.

Elliott School Welcomes Senior Faculty Members

December 11, 2014

GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs is pleased to announce the addition of several new senior scholars to the faculty.

photo: Linda Thomas-Greenfield (r) and Amb.George Moose

Top U.S. Diplomat Toward Africa Highlights Opportunities over Challenges

December 11, 2014

“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.

photo: Frank Sesno and Amb. Robert Ford

A New Approach to ISIS? Elliott School Events Assess Administration Strategy

December 11, 2014

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.

photo: Hope Harrison and students at the Wall of Lights in Berlin

Reflections on Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 Years Later

December 11, 2014

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.

book cover: Patronal Politics

New Book Looks at Influence of ‘Patronal Politics’ in Post-Revolutionary Government

December 11, 2014

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.

photo: Caroline Bailey (left) and Mariam Adil

Using Video Games to Teach Development Skills

December 11, 2014

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?

photo: Jean-Marc Gorelic, John Kerry, and soldiers

Alum Works Toward Afghanistan’s Democratic Transition

December 11, 2014

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.

Students Depict Military Service "Through Their Eyes"

December 11, 2014

“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.

Elliott School Kudos!

December 11, 2014

Web Video Initiative

December 11, 2014

Selected Media Mentions

December 11, 2014

photo: Michael E. Brown

Message from the Dean

October 13, 2014

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.

New Faculty Bring Diverse Talents to Elliott School

October 13, 2014

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.

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