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Today Belongs to You: the 2017 Elliott School Graduation Ceremony

More than 800 undergraduate and graduate students and thousands of family members and friends assembled in GW’s Smith Center on May 19, 2017, to celebrate one of the most significant milestones of their lives. Congratulations, Elliott School graduates!

Faculty Summer Reading List 2017

Want to brush up on international politics, history and the like this summer? Ditch the classroom and grab a couple of these books suggested by Elliott School faculty. We promise there won’t be any pop quizzes!

New Exchange Program Expands Opportunities for Elliott School Students

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York (CCNY) and the Elliott School of International Affairs recently established a partnership exchange program to facilitate academic interaction, increase foreign policy understanding, and foster an enriching student experience.

Rediscovering Biafra

One hundred seventy-five lucky GW students, faculty, and conference attendees were invited to a talk by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, held April 21 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Earning a Seat at the Table

A full house of students and alumni gained insight from a global pro on Friday, April 28, when Elliott School alumnus Frank Wong, president of Scholastic Asia, dropped by GW’s Alumni House for a candid conversation about what it takes to earn a seat at the international business table.

Cultivating Gratitude on GW Flag Day

Wednesday, April 12, marks the third annual GW Flag Day, a campus-wide effort to educate students, faculty and staff about the ways in which philanthropy enhances the Colonial experience.

International Women of Courage Offer Hope, Inspiration

Representing some of the most remote corners of the world, the women, all recipients of the 2017 International Women of Courage Awards, spoke at the Elliott School on March 30 to a standing-room only crowd at an event hosted by the Elliott School, the GW Global Women’s Institute and the US Department of State, which confers the awards.

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash, GW Alumnus, Shows Students How to Truly Be Leaders for the World

Dr. Gargash, first a student at GW, now executing the very history-making policies he began studying, recently offered Elliott School students a rare chance to attend a high-level, off-the-record briefing on the Middle East.

Elliott School Faculty Increasingly Making News in the Age of Trump

Elliott School professors, along with the faculty from other GW schools and centers, have been in high demand for media commentary on the Trump Administration’s actions since the President’s inauguration.

A Story to Tell: Revealing the Narrative of American Muslims, with Elliott Alumna and Noted Children’s Author Hena Khan

An unexpected turn led Hena Khan (M.A.’97) from her career as international development consultant to successful children’s author. Khan says she recognized the work she enjoyed the most had a strong writing component, but never dreamed of becoming a published author.

A Weekend at WAMUNC: 19 Years of Model UN Excellence

More than 1,300 high school students came together recently to exercise their diplomatic skills and knowledge of international affairs at the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC).

GW Students Witness Life on the Border

Recently, Elliott School students Anna Hedlund ('17) and Madeline Beecher ('17) set out for a trip of a lifetime, witnessing first hand border control activities in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Initiative to Develop Disaster Resilience in Developing Countries Launches

The Initiative for Disaster Resilience and Humanitarian Affairs is a multi-million dollar initiative at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and will combine education and research with on-the-ground training programs in developing countries to prepare local leaders to respond to and recover from disasters.

Can Big Data Save the Elephants?

Ted Schmitt, ESIA MA ’06, is not your average conservationist. A technology wizard living in Seattle and working for Vulcan Inc., Schmitt wields big data as a weapon in the fight to protect the Earth’s threatened species.

Elliott School Alumnus Returns to Aid Students in How Best to Use an International Affairs Degree

Elliott School alumnus Hussain Nadim, BA ’10, brought his experience as a senior expert on Pakistan at the U.S. Institute of Peace to explain to students how he was able to use his degree to lead to his successes.