Centers, Institutes & Initiatives

Our research centers and institutes provide an institutional framework for scholars working in regional and topical fields of study, while our cutting-edge initiatives connect cross-curricular faculty and research to address critical global issues. Together, they contribute to the Elliott School’s mission of producing scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues, in order to engage the public and the policy community both domestic and abroad in fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions.

Visiting Scholar & Non-Resident Scholars of the Month

The Elliott School is home to eminent visiting and non-resident scholars conducting research relevant to our interests. If you would like to become a visiting or non-resident scholar, we encourage you to apply to our individual centers, institutes and initiatives listed above. 

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies spotlights Michael Yahuda

Michael Yahuda headshot

Michael Yahuda

Michael Yahuda served as a tenured lecturer at the University of Southampton for 6 years before moving to the London School of Economics. After 30 years of teaching in higher education, he retired in 2003 as a Professor Emeritus of International Relations. In the same year, he started his 17-year journey as a Visiting Scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. His main research interests are China’s foreign relations and the politics of the Asia-Pacfic region. He has published and edited 15 books, the last of which is a completely re-written 4th edition of The International Politics of the Asia Pacific (March 2019). He has published more than 250 scholarly articles and book chapters, the last of which was “China and Asia” in David Shambaugh’s China and the World (January 2020). He has been a visiting professor in universities and research institutes in 6 countries and given lectures in 27.

Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program welcomes Fulbright Scholar

Juan Pablo Scarfi

Dr. Juan Pablo Scarfi 


The Elliott School of International Affairs is proud to host Dr. Juan Pablo Scarfi, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the National University of San Martin in Argentina (UNSAM), as a Fulbright Visiting Fellow in its Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program (LAHSP) this year.

At the Elliott School, Dr. Scarfi will examine the connections between human rights and geopolitics in the Organization of American States (OAS) since the beginning of the Cold War, as well as how these concerns became magnified after the Cuban Revolution. Special attention will be given to how the work of U.S., Cuban and Argentine international lawyers, diplomats, politicians, activists and public intellectuals contributed to the creation of the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS), which monitors human rights issues in OAS member bodies. 

Dr. Scarfi’s project springs from his latest book, The Hidden History of International Law in the Americas: Empire and Legal Networks, and he will be consulting materials from the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Presidential Library in additional to resources from the George Washington University. Before coming to GWU, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, UCL Institute of the Americas, and Université Paris 3 among many others. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is also a Research Associate at the Argentine National Research and Technological Council (CONICET).

The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies welcomes scholar on state economy control

Bekzod Zakirov

Bekzod Zakirov


Bekzod Zakirov, from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy, will be conducting research on the politics of state ownership in Kazakhstan and Russia. 

At the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, he aims to explain why the logic of political power and authoritarian regimes ultimately shape an economically inefficient, yet politically stable system. He will perform multidisciplinary research on both Russia and Central Asia, studying the distinct character of political regimes of Kazakhstan and Russia to explain the abrupt shift in state control over the economy. To propose policy recommendations, he will study the liberal economic reforms of Kazakhstan and Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union.