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.


photo: Keila Franks and two women from the Mae La refugee camp

Undergraduate Scholar Studies Repatriation in Burma

January 29, 2014

Elliott School senior Keila Franks is a planner.  But in June 2013, as she secretly entered a Burmese refugee camp on the Thailand-Burma border—officially off limits to foreigners—she began to realize that her plans could not predict everything.

Top Air Force Space Commander Discusses New Era of Military Defense

January 29, 2014

In a January 7 lecture at GW, General William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, discussed his command's role in protecting U.S. security interests in space and cyberspace.

"Our national policy is very clear: All nations have the right to access space, but that right also comes with responsibility," General Shelton said.

Book Party Honors Faculty Research

January 29, 2014

The Elliott School celebrated its 2013 faculty authors at its 6th annual Faculty Book Party on January 23.


January 29, 2014


photo: 48th US-Japan LEP & 14th US-Japan-South Korea TLEP in Seoul, South Korea in January 2013

U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program—Building Bridges for 25 Years

January 15, 2014

In the late 1980s, a decades-old security alliance between the United States and Japan was straining under the burden of rising economic tensions. Under the Omnibus Trade Act of 1988, the United States charged its ally with unfair trading practices, and Japan-watchers like the late GW Professor Gaston Sigur worried that the bilateral relationship was nearing a crisis point.

photo: Michael E. Brown

Message from the Dean

December 06, 2013

In October, our GW faculty colleague Jim Lebovic organized an extraordinary conference of nearly 400 scholars in the field of international security studies. GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs was pleased to support and host this tremendous gathering, in conjunction with the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. The theme of the conference — Bridging the Academic/Policy Divide — is deeply embedded in the Elliott School’s institutional DNA.

photo: Esther Brimmer

Esther Brimmer Says U.S. Should Emphasize Multilateral Diplomacy as Part of its Foreign Policy Toolkit

December 06, 2013

At an Elliott School event that coincided with United Nations Day on October 24, Professor Esther Brimmer discussed the role for international organizations in U.S. foreign policy. University Professor Michael Barnett, an expert on global governance and humanitarianism, moderated the discussion.

Elliott School Professor Maggie Chen speaking to keynote speaker Steven Barnett

Cross-Disciplinary Conference Examines U.S.-China Economic Relationship

December 06, 2013

GW’s Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) hosted its sixth annual Conference on China's Economic Development and U.S.-China Economic Relationship — or the “G2 at GW” — in early November 2013. The conference, which has become one of IIEP’s signature events, brought together scholars and practitioners for a full-day discussion of China’s economy as well as its economic relationship with the United States.

Three Elliott School Graduates Recognized as Young Foreign Policy Leaders

December 06, 2013

The Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs magazine, published its third annual Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders list this Fall, and three Elliott School graduates are among those recognized.  According to the Courier, the finalists, who were chosen by their peers, represent a “community of the brightest and most innovative minds of the time.”

Faculty Book Spotlight: Citizen Strangers; Conservative Internationalism

December 06, 2013

In Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State (Stanford University Press, 2013), GW Professor Shira Robinson examines the Israeli settlement movement and its effect on Palestinians following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

photo: Ilana Feldman

Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of the Oslo Accords

December 06, 2013

Elliott School Professor Ilana Feldman is an anthropologist who studies governance, humanitarianism, and security in Palestine and among Palestinia

Elliott School Senior Takes a Photographic Journey Through Thailand

December 06, 2013

What started as a hobby, borne out of a hand-me-down camera received as a gift a decade ago, has become a once-in-a-lifetime journey for Elliott School senior Katherine Wynne.

Iran nuclear deal and U.S.-China relationship highlighted on WVI

December 06, 2013

The November 2013 nuclear deal with Iran has the potential to change the security landscape in the Persian Gulf region and around the world.

Selected Media Mentions

December 06, 2013

photo: Sahil Shah, Secretary Shultz, and Secretary Perry

Bridging the Generational Gap on Nuclear Nonproliferation

December 02, 2013

As negotiators worked toward a groundbreaking nuclear deal with Iran this past November, halfway across the globe Elliott School sophomore Sahil Shah took part in a historic meeting of global nuclear policy leaders in Singapore.