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Announcing New Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Alyssa Ayres, a foreign policy practitioner with expertise in India and South Asia and an award-winning scholar with unique experience across multiple sectors, has been named dean of the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Ayres will be the first woman to serve as dean of the Elliott School. She begins the role on February 1.

Read the announcement in GW Today.

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Dr. Charles Glaser Receives 2021 William and Katherine Estes Award

"Charles L. Glaser, George Washington University, will receive the 2021 William and Katherine Estes Award.

Glaser has made important contributions to understanding feasible and desirable forms of nuclear arms control and ballistic missile defense in light of a constantly evolving technological frontier. Glaser’s work has been influential for its combination of theoretical rigor with a strong appreciation for the technical aspects of nuclear weapons policy."

Read the announcement from NAS Online.

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Dr. Marlene Laruelle Awarded DoD Minerva Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Marlene Laruelle, Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Director, Central Asia Program; Co-Director, PONARS-Eurasia; Research Professor of International Affairs, who was recently awarded a Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative grant for her project "Conceptualizing Hierarch and Resilience in Great Power Politics."

The Minerva Research Initiative supports research that focuses on topics of particular relevance to U.S. national security.

Learn more about Dr. Laruelle's Minerva project.


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Jacob Winn

Jacob Winn

BA Candidate, 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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