U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities

The Elliott School's public events program provides a nonpartisan forum where scholars and policymakers from many different backgrounds can come together to discuss critical global issues. In that vein, the U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities series examines some of the international challenges facing a new presidential administration.

U.S. Foreign Policy: The Next Four Years

April 4, 2013
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  • Maurice "Mickey" East, Dean, School of Public and International Affairs, GW (1985-1987); Dean, School of International Affairs, GW (1987-1988); Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW (1988-1994)
  • Harry Harding, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW (1995-2005)
  • Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW (2005-Present)

    Moderated by:
    Hope M. Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs

Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in 2013: The View from State

January 31, 2013

  • Tara Sonenshine, U.S. Under Secretary of State, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

    Moderated by:
    Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, GW

Sponsored by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication and the Walter Roberts Endowment


In Conversation with Jon Huntsman

Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Asia Society
September 17, 2012
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  • Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor, Republican Party presidential candidate, and U.S. Ambassador to China
  • Moderated by:
    David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Director, China Policy Program


U.S. Government Decision Making Process: Strengths and Weaknesses

March 26, 2012

  • Roger George, Associate Professor of Security Studies, National War College

Today and Tomorrow: Addressing Global Challenges and Inventing the Future

Closing Remarks at the GW Global Forum-Seoul
March 17, 2012
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Challenges Ahead: America and the Middle East

Sponsored by the Security Policy Forum
February 28, 2012
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  • Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region, National Security Council

U.S. Leadership in the 21st Century

Sponsored by the Security Policy Forum
January 31, 2012
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  • Jake Sullivan, Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State

From Lisbon to Chicago: NATO

Sponsored by the Ambassadors Forum
January 26, 2012
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  • Ivo H. Daalder, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO

U.S. Public Diplomacy & Democratization: From the Spanish Case to the Arab Spring

November 14, 2011
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  • Nicholas Cull, Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California
  • Rosa M. Pardo Sanz, Universidad Nacional Educación a Distancia
  • Evangelos Liaras, IERES Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow in European Studies, GW
  • Lorenzo Delgado Instituto de Historia, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
  • Pablo Leon Aguinaga, Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University
  • Francisco J. Rodriguez Jimenez, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, GW
  • Mark Asquino, Executive Assistant, Office of the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Robert Coonrod, CEO, InterMedias; Former Deputy Director, Voice of America
  • Sean Aday, Director, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, GW
  • Mary Jeffers, Senior Public Diplomacy Fellow, GW
  • Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider, Nonresident Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Georgetown University

U.S. Intelligence & Foreign Policy: Current Issues

November 9, 2011

  • Mark M. Lowenthal, President and CEO,The Intelligence & Security Academy

The Last Three Feet: New Media, New Approaches, and New Challenges for Public Diplomacy

November 3, 2011
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    Keynote Speaker:
  • Thomas Shannon, United States Ambassador to Brazil

Global Challenges, Modern Solutions

September 28, 2011
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  • General Brent Scowcroft, President, The Scowcroft Group

U.S. Foreign Policy: The View from Washington

January 28, 2010
Out-of-town Event (San Francisco)

  • Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW

U.S. Foreign Policy: The View from Washington

January 26, 2010
Out-of-town Event (Seattle)

  • Michael E. Brown, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW