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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Tuesday, November 17, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Virtual Event: "The State of Intelligence: Leadership to Meet Future Challenges" with Robert Cardillo, a man who has held numerous leadership positions in his distinguished 35 years of service in the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Most recently, he served as the sixth director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from October 2014 until February 2019, where he led the Agency’s efforts to modernize and grow its global geospatial intelligence mission. Previously, from 2010 to 2014, Mr. Cardillo served as the first deputy director for intelligence integration at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), where he operationalized and implemented the DNI’s vision to fully integrate the IC. In this position, Mr. Cardillo managed, edited, and delivered over 1,400 President’s Daily Briefs. Robert will discuss his views of the challenges of the IC to remain relevant in a world of chaotic information flows, easily manipulated sources, and an over-reliance on past success.
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Virtual Event: "Unpacking the Implications of American Exceptionalism," with Temi Ibirogba, Charles Kupchan, Eric Cheyfitz, and Netfa Freeman. The dominant framework of US foreign policy is guided by American exceptionalism and superiority. We are having this event to deconstruct the discrepancies between the ideal and reality of American exceptionalism and disentangle the consequences of these discrepancies. Mainstream discourses on US foreign policy rarely acknowledge the ways that domestic policy and foreign policy are interconnected. This panel seeks to unpack the overlooked assumptions that undergird American exceptionalism and understand how the US can grapple with its violent history to work towards playing a positive role in international relations.
Wednesday, December 02, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Virtual Event: "Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity in the Navy: A Conversation with Rear Admiral Kelly Aeschbach," with Rear Admiral Kelly Aeschbach, USN, GW Alumna '90. Please join LEAP and the Security Policy Studies (SPS) Program for an event featuring (Ret.) Admiral Michelle Howard, Elliott School Shapiro Visiting Professor in 2018-2020, in a conversation with Rear Admiral Kelly Aeschbach, Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence and GWU graduate, on the critical questions of leadership, ethics, and diversity in the Navy.
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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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