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THE ELLIOTT SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

THE ELLIOTT SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

2007/2008

ANNUAL

REPORT

i


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.

ELLIOTT SCHOOL By

2,000

UNDERGRADUATE

STUDENTS

700

GRADUATE

STUDENTS

1,536ALUMNI

CAREER MENTORS

The Numbers

4BLOCKS

TO THE

WHITE HOUSE

PARTNERSHIPS

19INTERNATIONAL

6RESEARCH

INSTITUTES

148

FULL-TIME FACULTY

16,000+

ALUMNI

268

PUBLIC EVENTS

3MINUTE WALK TO

IMF, WORLD BANK,

U.S. DEPT. OF STATE

12 MASTER’S

PROGRAMS

9

STUDENT FULBRIGHT

AWARD WINNERS


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

2007/2008

ANNUAL

REPORT

1

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