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The Elliott School prepares nearly 3,000 students each year for meaningful careers in international affairs.

We develop the next generation of international leaders: leaders with knowledge, character and skills.

Our faculty conducts research, produces scholarship and contributes to the public debate on global issues to advance understanding and to help foster solutions.

We are located just steps from some of the most influential U.S, international and nongovernmental organizations in the world. Our singular position in the heart of the District of Columbia enriches our teaching and research by giving our students and faculty unparalleled opportunities to engage with the international leaders who walk through our doors on a regular basis.


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  • To educate the next generation of international leaders

  • To conduct research and produce scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues

  • To engage the public and the policy community in the United States and around the world, thereby fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions






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The Elliott School is a place where learning and leadership come together in practice. The mission is simple, building leaders for the world.

Dean Reuben E. Brigety II, Amb (Ret.)

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Elliott 360: Latest News from the School

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Graduates Share Their Takeaways, Encouragement

As undergraduate and graduate students in the Class of 2019 prepare for the Elliott School Graduation Celebration on May 17th at the Smith Center, we spoke with some soon-to-be graduates about what advice they would give to incoming students of the future

Nicolas Reeves, a senior majoring in international affairs and economics, plans to study Arabic as a CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo next year.

Senior Researches How Tourism Impacts Tribes Near Petra

Nicolas Reeves, a senior majoring in international affairs and economics with a minor in Arabic, researched how state-led efforts to develop the city of Petra for tourism have impacted local tribes economically, socially and politically as an Elliott School Dean’s Scholar.

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