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George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs

Washington, D.C.

George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs was awarded $2,940,000 between 2002 and 2017, including 12 grants in International Peace & Security and Nuclear Challenges.


2017 • 2 years • Nuclear Challenges

The George Washington University’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies (the Institute), housed at the Elliott School of International Affairs, is an academic community dedicated to producing high-quality research on questions of national and international security. This award supports a policy research project to advance nuclear risk reduction strategies under new terms of engagement between the United States and Russia. It draws upon interviews with current and former officials from both countries, as well as member states of relevant international forums, to produce analysis and policy recommendations to reduce the prospects for a nuclear conflagration.


2015 • 2 years, 3 months • Nuclear Challenges

The Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University (GWU) facilitates and inspires collaboration among scientists, policy experts, government, and industry leaders on science and technology related issues. This award helps to establish a center of excellence for nuclear waste disposal policy issues. The center is run by Allison Macfarlane, former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner, and will include research fellows who focus on a range of policy issues in nuclear waste disposal. It aims to become the “go-to” resource for policymakers and others interested in nuclear waste disposal.


2015 • 8 months • Nuclear Challenges

The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University is a professional school of international relations founded in 1898, whose mission is to create knowledge, share wisdom, and inspire action to make the world a better place. This award uses the Nuclear Security Summit in March 2016 as a focal point to undertake a strategy of non-partisan engagement to promote understanding of the national security benefits of the nuclear security agenda. It organizes a series of outreach and educational initiatives geared towards centrist experts and decision-makers to elicit support for key goals – such as combating nuclear terrorism – that have the greatest prospect of transcending party lines.



2014 • 2 years, 3 months • International Peace & Security

PONARS Eurasia is a multilateral network of over 100 emerging and mid-career scholars from the United States, Russia, and other Eurasian states. It is tightly integrated with the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) and the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES). Founded in 1997, the network has expanded to promote policy engagement by scholars working on international and comparative policy issues. The project deepens and diversifies PONARS Eurasia programming and publications intended for Russian-speaking audiences. Intended outcomes include enriched debate and discussion of Russian foreign policy options and context within Russia and the further integration of Russian foreign policy scholars in the international social-scientific community.


2012 • 2 years • International Peace & Security

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University aims to increase the quality and broaden the scope of research on Asian affairs, and provide a major center for policy discussion. “The Nuclear Debate in Asia: Balancing Risks and Rewards” project will track and analyze internal discussion and debate in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. It will present its analysis to U.S. government officials, media, scholars, policy communities, and the public, with the aims of facilitating more nuanced U.S. foreign policy. Funds will be used for salaries, travel, publications, and multimedia expenses.


2012 • 2 years • International Peace & Security

Johnson’s Russia List (JRL), is a near-daily electronic digest of news and analysis on political, economic, and security developments in Russia. Distributed in English, JRL is an invaluable resource for analysts, government officials, and scholars in both the U.S. and Russia. The recommended renewal grant will help ensure the continuing vitality of JRL as it moves to its new home at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. MacArthur funds will partially cover the salary of JRL’s editor, plus subscriptions to source publications and office supplies.


2012 • 1 year

This grant will support research to critically examine how the U.S., E.U., and Canada are increasingly using trade agreements and treaty organizations to govern the Internet. Research will be conducted primarily by Associate Research Professor Susan Ariel Aaronson of George Washington University, a leading authority on trade agreements, economic policy and human rights, and the incoming Minerva Chair Fellow at the National War College. She will examine four objectives generally shared by the U.S., E.U., and Canada - maintaining Internet freedom, ensuring Internet security, protecting property rights and ensuring privacy rights - to determine whether these objectives have been effectively pursued and balanced through use of trade policy.


2011 • 3 years • International Peace & Security

In support of PONARS Eurasia (over three years).


2010 • 2 years, 5 months

In support of the Project on Forward Engagement (over two years).


2009 • 3 years • International Peace & Security

To support policy research on shifts in power and identity in Asia (over three years).

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