Distinguished Women in International Affairs

The Distinguished Women in International Affairs series was launched in 2006 with the generous support of Jack and Pam Cumming.

The series brings renowned women leaders to the Elliott School to engage with students on international issues.

The United States and Muslim Communities Around the World

January 28, 2014

  • Farah Anwar Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State

– 2013 –

An Evening with The Honorable Barbara Bodine
November 20, 2013

Ambassador Bodine discusses Yemen as a case study on the Arab Awakening, U.S. policy options and limitations in the region, and counter-terrorism.

  • The Honorable Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, 1997-2001

Opening Remarks: Amb. Edward "Skip" Gnehm, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Kuwait, and Australia

Co-sponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, Sigma Iota Rho Elliott School Honor Society, and WIIS-GWU (Women in International Security at GWU) 

International Women's Day
Ending Violence against Women: Inspiring Dialogue and Action
March 4, 2013
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  • Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1997

– 2012 –

A Conversation with Jane Harman
November 8, 2012

  • Jane Harman, President and CEO, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former U.S. Congresswoman

U.S. National Security and Defense Priorities in a Time of Austerity
October 16, 2012
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  • Michèle Flournoy, Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy; Co-founder, Center for a New American Security

Foreign Policy and Science: An Essential Partnership
October 9, 2012
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  • Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S. Department of State

Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace

May 9, 2012
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  • Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance; Director, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science

Gender and Civilian Security
March 8, 2012
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  • Maria Otero, Under Secretary, Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State

Building a Better Haiti through Education
February 27, 2012
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  • Michele Pierre-Louis, Former Prime Minister of Haiti and President of the FOKAL Foundation

From Moscow to Washington to Seoul – Locking down Nuclear Material

February 13, 2012
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  • Laura Holgate, Senior Director, Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council

– 2011 –

U.S.-Jordan Relations

November 17, 2011

  • Alia Hatoug-Bouran, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United States of America

A Conversation with Michaelle Jean
September 13, 2011
co-sponsored with the United States Institute of Peace

  • Michaelle Jean, Special Envoy to Haiti for UNESCO
  • Introduction by Robert Maguire, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, GW
  • Moderated by Robert Perito, Director, Haiti Program, U.S. Institute of Peace

Iran After the Revolution
April 21, 2011
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  • Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Human Rights Lawyer

The Referendum in Southern Sudan
January 25, 2011
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  • Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Social and Decision Sciences and the H. John Heinz III College's School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University; Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2005-2009)

– 2010 –

Leading through Civilian Power
November 16, 2010
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  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, Director of Policy Planning, United States Department of State; Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

No Peace Without Women
November 3, 2010
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  • Zainab Salbi, Founder and CEO, Women for Women International

Indo-U.S. Relations: An Evolving Partnership
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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  • Meera Shankar, Ambassador of India to the United States

Facing the Crises of Our Time: The U.S. & the UN in the 21st Century
March 29, 2010

  • Gillian Sorensen, Senior Adviser and National Advocate, United Nations Foundation

Ambassador of Bahrain
January 28, 2010

  • Ambassador Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo, Ambassador of Bahrain to the United States

– 2009 –

Dr. Helene Gayle
November 18, 2009
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  • Dr. Helene Gayle, President and CEO, CARE

The Prague Agenda: The Obama Administration's Approach to Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms Control
November 10, 2009

  • Ellen Tauscher, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State

Women's Role in Peace Making
October 6, 2009

  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador at-large for Global Women's Issues

International Women's Rights
March 10, 2009
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  • Renee Jones-Bos, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States

Inside the UN: What Works, What Doesn't, and How To Fix It
January 27, 2009
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  • Louise Frechette, Distinguished Fellow, The Centre for International Governance Innovation; Former UN Deputy Secretary-General

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