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.


book cover: Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China

New Book Examines the Role of Military Force in Shaping Modern China

April 07, 2014

In his new book Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China (Routledge 2014), Elliott School Associate Professor Edward McCord explores the role of military force in the determination of social, political, and economic power in China.

photo: PISA Director Linda Yarr

PISA Celebrates 30 Years of Capacity-Building in Asia

April 07, 2014

The Elliott School’s Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) program celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014. Established in 1984 as the Committee on International Relations Studies with the People’s Republic of China (CIRSPRC), the program has grown and morphed over the last three decades to meet the changing needs of the Asia-Pacific region.

Web Video Initiative

April 07, 2014

The Elliott School continues to benefit from our unique location, hosting hundreds of scholars, policymakers, business leaders, diplomats, journalists, and other international leaders through our extraordinary events program.

Selected Media Mentions

April 07, 2014


April 07, 2014


photo: Hussain Nadim

Hussain Nadim (BA ’10) Puts His Elliott School Education to Work in Government

April 07, 2014

Elliott School graduate Hussain Nadim (BA ’10) chose a career path similar to many GW graduates — government. He worked diligently on a political campaign, and, following his party’s victory, accepted a position in the new administration. One difference from many GW graduates, however, is that Hussain lives and works in Pakistan.

Elliott School Launches New Fields in Global Gender Policy and Nuclear Policy

March 26, 2014

The Elliott School will debut two new fields in its largest graduate program this Fall. The Master of International Affairs (MAIA) program will add Global Gender Policy and Nuclear Policy to its roster of specializations, which currently includes 13 global and regional fields.

TWQ cover, Spring 2014

Elliott School Sponsors Leading International Affairs Journal

March 25, 2014

The Elliott School of International Affairs will sponsor The Washington Quarterly, a leading journal of international affairs, beginning with the journal’s spring 2014 issue. The journal’s spring 2014 issue, which came out in March, focuses on U.S. security strategy.

photo: Aisling Swaine

Professor Aisling Swaine Discusses Global Approaches to Gender Equality

March 07, 2014

Aisling Swaine, associate professor of practice of international affairs, is an expert on women, security, and development.  Dr. Swaine, who joined the Elliott School faculty in Spring 2014, teaches and researches on issues of gender and armed conflict; the women, peace and security agenda; global gender equality policy; violence against women related to armed conflict; and gender and humanitarian action.

photo: Michael E. Brown

Message from the Dean

January 30, 2014

Great schools of international affairs tackle great global issues. GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs is meeting this high standard.

GW Experts Report on "Syria’s Socially Mediated Civil War" in New USIP Publication

January 30, 2014

In early 2011, Syrian activists tried to capitalize on the use of social media to protest the government of President Bashar al-Assad in ways similar to activists in Tunisia and Egypt. When the government brutally repressed the opposition, the crisis took on new dimensions. 

photo: Red Square, Moscow

Elliott School Professor Analyzes Russia’s Mega-Project: The Sochi Winter Olympic Games

January 30, 2014

While security concerns have dominated discussions in the United States and around the world in the lead-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Elliott School Professor Robert Orttung has examined Russia’s multi-year, multi-billion dollar Olympic investment through a different lens: what is at stake for the rising power?

Web Video Initiative

January 30, 2014

In advance of the recently-concluded 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Esther Brimmer gave a short interview for the Elliott School's International Affairs

photo: David Shinn

East Africa Expert Analyzes South Sudan Conflict

January 29, 2014

A bloody conflict that broke out in South Sudan on December 15 has resulted in the death and displacement of thousands of civilians.