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

March 20, 2015

In January, the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) survey ranked GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs in the top ten for the study of international affairs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The survey—a poll of more than 1,600 scholars—is the only one that ranks international affairs academic programs.

graphic: world map

The World’s Greatest Geopolitical Challenges

March 20, 2015

GW Today asked Elliott School faculty members to weigh in on the most pressing issues across the globe.

photo: Allison Macfarlane

Lessons Learned: The Tragedy at Fukushima

March 20, 2015

On March 11, 2011, there was a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan. This megaquake caused a massive tsunami that inundated the Japanese coastline.

Elliott School Marks International Women’s Day with Discussion on Women and Security

March 20, 2015

Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, which underscores the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflict. Specifically, the resolution calls for the increased participation of women in global peace and security efforts.

photo: United Nations general session

Nadler Endowment Helps Send Elliott School Students to UN Youth Forum

March 20, 2015

On February 2, hundreds of young people from around the world gathered at the UN Headquarters in New York for the 2015 UN Economic and Social Council’s Youth Summit. One of those gathered was Elliott School freshman Abriana Bernstein.

book cover: After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program

New Book Looks at the Evolution of the U.S. Space Program Under President Nixon

March 20, 2015

In May 1961, John F. Kennedy charged the United States to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. With that challenge, the Space Race became a significant facet of the Cold War.

Elliott School Student Photo Contest Showcases Students’ Global Reach

March 20, 2015

From Ukraine to Iran, the DMZ to the Syrian border, our students have traveled the world over the past year acting as a global force for change in almost every corner of the world. This Spring, the Elliott School held its second annual student photo contest, featuring student-submitted photographs and stories from work, study, and travel abroad.

Selected Media Mentions

March 20, 2015

Newest Additions to the Web Video Initiative

March 20, 2015

International Affairs Inbox: The Middle East in Transition

Elliott School KUDOS!

March 13, 2015

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

The Elliott School is pleased to welcome Sabina Alkire, Christopher Kojm, Allison Macfarlane, and Hugh Gusterson 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.

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