Research Centers & Institutes
Our ten research centers and institutes provide an institutional framework for scholars working in particular fields of study. Together, they contribute vital knowledge that makes the Elliott School a leader in the analysis of important global issues. Specifically, our institutes:
- facilitate faculty research
- host prominent scholars and policy experts from around the world
- sponsor seminars, conferences, and lectures
- publish papers, articles, and books on important issues
Explore the centers and institutes
IISTP is a locus for research and the exchange of information and ideas. In addition to overseeing the M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy, the center organizes seminars and meetings, sponsors research, and hosts visitors from elsewhere in the United States and abroad.
The Institute for African Studies is the center for Africa-related policy and research at GW. Most of the major issues confronting the global community today are at play in Africa, which also is one of the fastest economic growth regions in the world. GW officially chartered the Institute for African Studies in Spring 2016 with the goal of building the most significant academic institution in Washington, D.C. for research, scholarship, education, and debate on African issues. The institute provides a structural hub for students, faculty, and researchers who share an interest in African studies and is led by Director Roy R. Grinker, professor of anthropology and international affairs at GW.
IERES members conduct their own research projects; participate in scholarly conferences, seminars, and colloquia; and present public lectures. Many are called upon to advise the U.S. Government and to provide expert commentary to the media. Institute faculty members also administer and teach in the Elliott School's M.A. program in European and Eurasian Studies.
IGIS' mission is to foster intellectual exchange on international and global studies, including international organizations and law, trade regimes, international development, international security, U.S. foreign policy, and global governance, as well as the links connecting the above fields. The institute particularly supports research that "brings practice to theory" by focusing on challenges that real world problems pose to disciplinary debates, which spurs theoretical innovation.
IIEP supports high-quality academic and policy research that addresses critical issues surrounding the emerging global economy. Faculty members and research scholars focus on economic, political, legal, and historical analysis on international trade, international finance, and development. IIEP serves as the institutional home of the Elliott School's International Trade and Investment Policy M.A. program.
The mission of the GW Institute for Korean Studies (GW-IKS) is to strengthen and grow the existing Korean Studies program at GW and promote the Korean humanities in the nation's capital. It will play a leadership role in encouraging and enabling productive research about Korea in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
IMES is a research organization housed in the Elliott School to support the work of faculty and students focusing on the modern Middle East — including the Arab world, Turkey, Israel, and Iran. IMES supports GW's educational programs that focus on the modern Middle East, including the Elliott School's undergraduate and graduate programs in Middle East Studies.
Since 9/11, U.S. and international policymakers have rediscovered the importance of communicating with foreign publics, understanding international media and public opinion, and finding new and better ways to exercise "smart power" around the world. IPDGC, a joint initiative of the Elliott School and the School of Media and Public Affairs, is dedicated to research on the growing role of communication in international affairs. Sean Aday, professor of Media and Public Affairs, heads the institute.
Launched in Fall 2009, ISCS aims to advance scholarship, education, and public understanding in the field of international security and conflict studies. Some particular areas of focus include nuclear weapons policy, proliferation and disarmament, and energy security. Charles L. Glaser, who recently joined the Elliott School from the University of Chicago, serves as the founding director of the institute.
The mission of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies is to increase the quality and broaden the scope of scholarly research and publication on Asian affairs; promote scholarly interaction between the U.S. and Asia; provide a major center for policy discussion and outreach; and prepare a new generation of students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers to take advantage of the rapidly expanding role of Asia in world affairs. The Sigur Center is home to the Elliott School's undergraduate and graduate programs in Asian Studies.
The Space Policy Institute focuses on policy issues related to civilian space activities and their interactions with national security space programs. It conducts research on space policy issues and organizes seminars, symposia, and conferences.