The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies is an energetic academic community dedicated to furthering the study of international security.

Our mission is to advance scholarly research on international conflict and strengthen the field of security studies through graduate education; improve public understanding of key international security issues; and inform policy debates related to U.S. national security.

Co-Director Alex Downes

Co-Director Charles Glaser


Note: All events take place 4:00-5:30 pm and will be streamed via WebEx (links below)


November 9 | Artificial Intelligence and Crisis Decision Making

with Erik Lee-Greenberg


November 23 | The Sovereignty Dilemma in Counterinsurgency Interventions

with Barbara Elias


Fall 2020 Update


ISCS Fellow Accepts Position at Air Force Academy

Current ISCS Fellow and GW Ph.D. student in Political Science Danielle Gilbert has accepted a job as Assistant Professor of Military and Strategic Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dani plans to defend her dissertation this spring before taking up her new...

Trio of ISCS Fellows Awarded Smith Richardson Fellowships

Three ISCS fellows and current GW Ph.D. candidates in Political Science–Danielle Gilbert, Kendrick Kuo, and Shahryar Pasandideh–have been awarded World Politics and Statecraft Fellowships from the Smith Richardson Foundation for the 2020-21 academic year....

ISCS Fellow Accepts Pre-doctoral Fellowship at Texas A&M

Kendrick Kuo, an ISCS Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at GW, has accepted a Pre-doctoral fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year at the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy in the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University....


ISCS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Ph.D. candidates in political science, history, public policy, and other related fields who have made substantial progress on their dissertation, passed all qualifying exams and advanced the level of Ph.D. candidacy are invited to apply to the ISCS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.