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Welcome Muqaddesa Yourish Incoming Shapiro Visiting Professor

Shapiro Visiting Professor Announced

Muqaddesa Yourish, a former deputy minister for commerce and industry of the previous government of Afghanistan, will join the George Washington University community as the Elliott School of International Affairs’ new J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs in January 2022.

Ms. Yourish has extensive experience in the previous government of Afghanistan, prior to the Taliban takeover. She has served as deputy minister for commerce and industry, leading trade negotiations for the land-locked country. Prior to that she was a commissioner of the national civil service reform commission, and prior to that, the human resources director for the city of Kabul. Her government experience thus spans the municipal as well as national levels. Read more in GW Today.

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Professor Sotomayor Recognized in the U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List

Congratulations to Dr. Arturo Sotomayor, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program, for his recognition in the 2021 U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List!

The U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Leadership List is developed by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and the Diversity in National Security Network (DINSN) to honor the contributions of diverse practitioners in U.S. national security and foreign policy.

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Two Elliott School Alumni Recognized in MEPC 40 Under 40 Inaugural Cohort

The Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) 40 Under 40 Award honors new voices the foreign policy community. It recognizes individuals who have promoted international awareness in their own different ways and have influenced the understanding of the relationships between the US and Middle East countries. This year, there are two Elliott School alumni who are recipients of the award. The first awardee is Matthew Calardo, B.A. Philosophy ‘13 and M.A. Middle East Studies ‘18. The second awardee is Chrissy Bishai, B.A. International Affairs ‘08. Congratulations to Calardo and Bishai for this outstanding accomplishment!



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Onward GW: Return to Campus and the Classroom

The number of positive COVID-19 cases among our community members continues to increase and remains high.  This current surge, largely fueled by the Omicron variant, has required us to review our approach to how we return to campus in the new year and commence the Spring 2022 semester while ensuring our students, faculty and staff remain healthy and safe. At this time, we plan to begin the spring semester virtually to allow for a gradual and careful in-person return to campusRead the full announcement: Important Updates for the Spring Semester

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Jacob Winn

Jacob Winn

BA International Affairs and Political Science, Dean's Scholar, Class of 2021

"I have always loved politics, political science, and international affairs, and so the prospect of choosing my own research path that would combine all of those areas was my top priority.

In the Dean's Scholars Program, I am researching the influence of the Brexit movement, referendum, and EU withdrawal politics on the British Conservative Party, which has allowed me to combine all of my broader passions."

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