THE ELLIOTT SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
CREATING KNOWLEDGE. SHARING WISDOM. INSPIRING ACTION.
The George Washington University has been educating students in international affairs since its inception in 1821. Today, more than
ever, an understanding of global issues is vital to ensuring peace and prosperity for people around the world. The Elliott School of
International Affairs is uniquely positioned to address the most important international issues of the 21st century. Our mission is:
To educate the next generation of international leaders;
To conduct research and produce scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues;
To engage the public and the policy community in the United States and around the world,
thereby fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions.
At the Elliott School, we are making our world a better place.
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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
The Elliott School of International Affairs marked several important
milestones in 2007-08, as we continued to expand our intellectual
and institutional capacities to tackle the international challenges of
the 21st century. We are proud of our long and distinguished history,
and we are excited about our future.
In 2008, the Elliott School marked the 110th anniversary of the
founding of GW’s fi rst school of international affairs, our institutional
forebear—the School of Comparative Jurisprudence and Diplomacy.
We also marked the 20th anniversary of the naming of the school as
the Evelyn E. and Lloyd H. Elliott School of International Affairs. We are
pleased and proud that our Elliott School identity has become so well
known and well regarded.
We welcomed fi ve new faculty—in new faculty positions—to the Elliott School in 2007-08. These
colleagues enhanced our collective expertise on issues ranging from the history and politics of the
Middle East to U.S. foreign and national security policy to the role of new media in international affairs.
We continued to expand our course offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with
the goal of making our curriculum as comprehensive and forward looking as possible. We launched
a new M.A. program in Middle East Studies in fall 2007, and we will inaugurate a new M.A. in Global
Communication in fall 2008.
We also expanded our research capacities with the launch of two new research institutes in 2007-08:
the Institute for International Economic Policy and the Institute for Middle East Studies. Along with our
existing centers and institutes, these new institutes will be powerful platforms for research projects,
teaching programs, special events, and policy engagement initiatives.
Taking full advantage of our unique location in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Elliott School’s public
events program grew from more than 200 events in 2006-07 to more than 260 events in 2007-08. These
events enhanced the intellectual life of the university while contributing to scholarly and policy debates
on important international affairs issues.
As you will see in this annual report, the Elliott School’s dynamic development enriches a vibrant
academic community. I am grateful to every member of our community for your commitment to our
mission and our work. I am especially grateful to our donors for your generous support of this wonderful
and important school. Thanks to all of you, we are educating the next generation of leaders, illuminating
the challenges of the 21st century, and making our world a better place.
Michael E. Brown
Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs