The Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative at the Elliott School sponsors two speaker series: “Why Ethics Matter” and “Leadership in International Affairs: Lessons Learned”. Poignant speakers have included James Clapper (former Director of National Intelligence), Ambassador Prudence Bushnell (who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala and Kenya), and Dr. Robert M. Franklin (president emeritus of the Morehouse College). These speakers impart candid leadership advice, tell of ethical challenges they have faced in their careers, and describe the practical skills Elliott Students require for professional success.
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Thursday, January 21, Virtual Event: “The Capitol Riots, QAnon, and the Internet.” Recent events such as the shocking attack on the US Capitol and armed protests planned around the US indicate that threats to US democracy continue to grow in the wake of the US election. Panelists Professor Chris Kojm, Dr. Rollie Lal, Dr. Rebekah Tromble, and Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director for the GW Program on Extremism discussed how extremist ideas have spread through society, how technology is an enabler for extremist groups such as QAnon and the Capitol rioters, as well as the international implications.
Tuesday, January 19, Virtual Event: “King Week: Principled Leadership in Times of Crisis.” Former Elliott School Dean Reuben Brigety will discuss the life and experience of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its meaning for students of international affairs. International events -- including anti-colonial movements in Africa and Gandhi's peaceful protests against British rule -- shaped Dr. King, who in turn has inspired human freedom movements for the past half-century. Dean Brigety will explore Dr. King's example of moral leadership.
Friday, January 8, Virtual Event: "Race and Gender in International Affairs Panel." Panel discussion focused on how to prepare future leaders to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in their future careers. Hosted by the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA), the Elliott School Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Initiative, the International Affairs Society, and Young Black Professionals in International Affairs.
Friday, January 8, Virtual Event: “Sixty Minutes with Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, Director General for Energy of the European Commission” with Mrs. Juul-Jørgensen. She took up the position of ENER Director in August 2019. She joined DG ENER from a position as Head of Cabinet for EC Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has 27 years of experience in the European Commission. Previously, she was Director of Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade at the World Trade Organization. She managed European Union policy and negotiations at the WTO with involvement in dispute settlement trade in goods.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, virtual event, “Immigration from Mexico and integration of Mexican immigrants,” with Tomás Jiménez, Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He is also Director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies. His research and writing focus on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His latest book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life (University of California Press, 2017), uses interviews from a race and class spectrum of Silicon Valley residents to show how a relational form of assimilation changes both newcomers (immigrants and their children) and established individuals (people born in the US to US-born parents).
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, virtual event, “Do The Right Thing," with Russ Travers, the Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on Aug. 16, 2019. Serving as Deputy Director since Nov. 13, 2017, he previously served as Acting Director during the confirmation process for Joe Maguire Dec. 2017 to Dec. 2018. Mr. Travers also held other leadership positions within NCTC between 2015 and 2017, including Senior Counselor to the Director, Acting Director of the Office of Data Strategy and Innovation, and the Chief Data Officer for both NCTC and ODNI.
Friday, September 11, 2020, virtual event, “Sixty Minutes with Reinhard Bütikofer of the German Alliance 90/The Greens” The diplomats will discuss US-EU relations’ future, the EU’s response to the crisis in Belarus, EU-China relations, energy and climate, and democracy issues in the transatlantic community.
Thursday, August 20, 2020, virtual event, “A Paradox of Morality: Using Games to Understand Group Moral Responsibility” with Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics and Carl Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. He is currently the President of the International Economic Association and a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.
Friday, August 14, 2020, virtual event, “Race and International Affairs: Promoting Anti-Racism as a Foreign Policy Professional” with Dr. Imani Cheers (Associate Director, SMPA Associate Professor of Digital Storytelling), Aaron Williams (Senior Advisor-Emeritus, RTI international former director, U.S. Peace Corps), Mayrum Saifee (Women Rights Activist), Ambassador Liberata Mulamula (Associate Director and Visiting scholar, IAFS GW, Former Tanzanian Ambassador to the U.S.), and Chris Richardson (Former U.S. Diplomat, Immigration Attorney). We will have a panel of speakers from across the foreign policy community who will share their experiences at the intersection of race and foreign policy. Our goal is to help inspire current students and young foreign policy professionals entering the field to become aware of race-based issues and become actively anti-racist in their personal and professional work.
In Spring 2019, the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Initiative ran a crisis simulation entitled "Falling Shadows: A Simulation of Humanitarian Crisis in Myanmar" in partnership with the GWU Strategic Crisis Simulation Student Organization. This was a unique opportunity for students to develop leadership, ethics and practical skills by playing roles they might hold in the future. During the simulation, students were assigned to play the roles of U.S officials, international officials and the media, in connection with the Rohingya crisis. Students gained a better understanding of the dynamics of power involved in the decision-making process in a humanitarian crisis. They learned about difficult ethical and policy dilemmas and also learn about themselves — their convictions, values, and strengths.
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