Expanding the educational experience.
Our nine research centers and institutes provide an institutional framework
for scholars working in particular fields of study. Together, they contribute
vital knowledge that makes the Elliott School a leader in the analysis of important
global issues. Specifically, our institutes:
- facilitate faculty research
- host prominent scholars and policy experts from around
- sponsor seminars, conferences, and lectures
- publish papers, articles, and books on important issues
Explore the centers and institutes.
Center for International Science and
CISTP is a locus for research and the exchange of information and ideas. In
addition to overseeing the M.A.
program in International Science and Technology Policy, the center organizes
seminars and meetings, sponsors research, and hosts visitors from elsewhere
in the United States and abroad.
Institute for European, Russian,
and Eurasian Studies
IERES members conduct their own research projects; participate in scholarly
conferences, seminars, and colloquia; and present public lectures. Many are
called upon to advise the U.S. Government and to provide expert commentary
to the media. Institute faculty members also administer and teach in the Elliott
program in European and Eurasian Studies.
Institute for Global and International
IGIS' mission is to foster intellectual exchange on international and global
studies, including international organizations and law, trade regimes, international
development, international security, U.S. foreign policy, and global governance,
as well as the links connecting the above fields. The institute particularly
supports research that "brings practice to theory" by focusing on challenges
that real world problems pose to disciplinary debates, which spurs theoretical
Institute for International Economic
IIEP supports high-quality academic and policy research that addresses critical
issues surrounding the emerging global economy. Faculty members and research
scholars focus on economic, political, legal, and historical analysis on international
trade, international finance, and development. IIEP serves as the institutional home of the Elliott School's International Trade and Investment Policy M.A. program.
Institute for Middle East Studies
IMES is a research organization housed in the Elliott School to support the
work of faculty and students focusing on the modern Middle East — including
the Arab world, Turkey, Israel, and Iran. IMES supports GW's educational programs that focus on the modern Middle East, including the Elliott School's undergraduate and graduate programs in Middle East Studies.
Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
Since 9/11, U.S. and international policymakers have rediscovered the importance of communicating with foreign publics, understanding international media and public opinion, and finding new and better ways to exercise "smart power" around the world. IPDGC, a joint initiative of the Elliott School and the School of Media and Public Affairs, is dedicated to research on the growing role of communication in international affairs. Sean Aday, professor of Media and Public Affairs, heads the institute.
Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
Launched in Fall 2009, ISCS aims to advance scholarship, education, and public understanding in the field of international security and conflict studies. Some particular areas of focus include nuclear weapons policy, proliferation and disarmament, and energy security. Charles L. Glaser, who recently joined the Elliott School from the University of Chicago, serves as the founding director of the institute.
Sigur Center for Asian Studies
The mission of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies is to increase the quality
and broaden the scope of scholarly research and publication on Asian affairs;
promote scholarly interaction between the U.S. and Asia; provide a major center
for policy discussion and outreach; and prepare a new generation of students,
scholars, analysts, and policymakers to take advantage of the rapidly expanding
role of Asia in world affairs. The Sigur Center is home to the Elliott School's undergraduate and graduate programs in Asian Studies.
Space Policy Institute
The Space Policy Institute focuses on policy issues related to civilian space activities and their interactions with national security space programs. It conducts research on space policy issues and organizes seminars, symposia, and conferences.