The Elliott School Newsletter

Our electronic newsletter Briefing is designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments at the Elliott School and the achievements of our students, faculty, and alumni.


Beyond the Headlines: Russia and the World Post-Crimea

June 17, 2014

Russia’s invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea in February 2014 set the world on edge and cast a number of key international issues into the spotlight.

photo: rural China classroom

Breaking Down Communication Barriers in Rural China

June 17, 2014

Last fall, just weeks after she arrived in China as part of the Teach for China program, Rachael Burton (B.A. ’13) was asked to deliver an address to 800 middle school students.

photo: Charles Bolden

NASA Administrator Says Humans Must Become a ‘Multi-Planet Species’

June 17, 2014

It’s inevitable: The sun will someday burn out—though it’s not bound to happen within the next five billion years.

photo: Alia Marwah Eyres

Elliott School Board Member and Alumna Helps Young Mothers and Children in Hong Kong

June 17, 2014

In the mid-1980s, a series of newspaper articles about teenage pregnancy in Hong Kong caught the attention of four Hong Kong residents.

photo: Courtney Peterson

A Brighter Energy Future?

June 17, 2014

In March 2014, Elliott School graduate students Courtney Peterson, Doug Murray, and Cameron Khodabakhsh traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to conduct research on the country’s solar energy policies.

Stories from Rural Rwanda: One Alum's Journey

June 17, 2014

Twenty years after the ethnic clashes that left more than 800,000 Rwandans dead, Elliott School alumnus Luis Blandon (M.A.

Who 'Owns' Haiti panel members

Who ‘Owns’ Haiti?

June 17, 2014

With a lagging economy, destruction from a devastating earthquake, weak public institutions and a recent cholera epidemic, Haiti is often characterized as a non-performing state reliant on relief f


June 17, 2014

Web Video Initiative

June 17, 2014

The Elliott School Web Video Initiative (WVI) enables us to share many of our most compelling events and faculty interviews with the international affairs community through an online video library at

Selected Media Mentions

June 17, 2014

Graduation Speakers Stress the Responsibilities of an Elliott School Degree

May 22, 2014

Before more than 700 students walked across the stage at the Elliott School’s graduation ceremony on May 16, Dean Michael Brown traced the history of global progress, charging the new Class of 2014 to keep up their hard work toward a vision of a better world.

photo: Michael E. Brown

Message from the Dean

April 07, 2014

The Elliott School community is a global force. A vital part of this community is our alumni—now numbering more than 20,000. This dynamic group of graduates works in more than 90 countries around the world, crafting solutions to international problems in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. One has to be impressed by the extraordinary caliber of our alumni and the many ways in which they are changing the world.

photo: Michael E. Brown, Patricia Kauffman, Steven Knapp

GW President Emeritus Leaves $1.15 Million to the Elliott School

April 07, 2014

The Elliott School has received a $1.15 million bequest from The Lloyd H. and Evelyn E. Elliott Charitable Remainder Trust. Lloyd Elliott was president of GW from 1965 to 1988. Dr.

photo: Robert L. Gallucci and Elliott School Dean Michael Brown

Robert L. Gallucci Discusses Leadership "Lessons Learned"

April 07, 2014

“You need to figure out what the mission is. And you need to figure out whether the people you work for — you need to see if what you think the mission is, is what they think the mission is. If the delta is significant between the two, work that out.” This was the advice of Robert L. Gallucci to future leaders during the Elliott School’s new Leadership in International Affairs: Lessons Learned series’ inaugural event.

Panel Highlights Fragility on Horn of Africa

April 07, 2014

Instability in Somalia, spreading conflict in South Sudan, and the resurgence of militant group al-Shabaab are just some of the challenges on the Somali peninsula, according to a panel of experts who spoke as part of the Elliott School’s annual David H. Miller lecture in March.