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
The mission of IITSP is to foster learning and knowledge production on science and technology policies that affect international affairs. Institute members work on a variety of pressing issues that affect the environment, energy, civilian and military use of outer space, innovation, research programs, cybersecurity, militarism, and nuclear weapons. In addition to overseeing the Master’s program in International Science and Technology Policy, the Institute is a lively center of activity hosting its own seminar series and that of the Nuclear Policy Talks, visiting scholars, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, Diplomats in Residence, and former government officials.
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.
The primary mission of IERES, which was founded in 1962, is to promote and support the study of Europe and Eurasia through research, events, and publications. The Institute's hallmarks are combining academic rigor with policy engagement, recognizing that Europe, Russia, and Eurasia cannot be understood in isolation from each other. IERES houses the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) and the Central Asia Program (CAP). IERES administers the M.A. program in European and Eurasian Studies.
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.