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. 

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. 

The Institute for Korean Studies welcomes scholar on national security

Yan Xu

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen, who holds 35 years of experience as a leader inside and outside of the United States government, focuses his work on consulting with national governments and major global corporations. In his most recent role as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Jensen provided risk and crisis management to law enforcement agencies. He previously served as a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

In his work improving emergency management and developing public awareness campaigns, he has diligently ensured U.S. government communication as a need to maintain public confidence and address complex international situations. At the Institute for Korean Studies, Robert Jensen will expand on his initiatives in service to national government security and strategy development.