Recent Publications


Why nuclear war with North Korea is less likely than you think

January 03, 2018


Elizabeth N. Saunders, an Associate Professor in Political Science and International Affairs at GWU, recently wrote in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog on Why nuclear war with North Korea is less likely than you think.

‘Surge Of Ideas’ Critical To Iraq War Operation

November 09, 2017

General David PetraeusISCS partnered with the Elliott School to host General David Petraeus on November 7th to discuss the 10th Anniversary of the Surge in Iraq. ISCS director Dr. Charles Glaser moderated the event which included Dr. Stephen Biddle and Dr. Marc Lynch as panelists. Read more HERE.

Rush Doshi: Xi Jinping just made it clear where China’s foreign policy is headed

October 25, 2017

DoshiRush Doshi, a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at ISCS, writes on Chinese foreign policy in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog: Xi Jinping just made it clear where China’s foreign policy is headed.

Elizabeth Saunders in The WP Monkey Cage on Trump, Iran Deal

October 16, 2017


Elizabeth N. Saunders, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, was recently published in The Washington Post's Moneky Cage blog on President Trump's Decision not to pull out of the Iran Deal. Her piece is entitled President Trump didn’t pull out of the Iran deal. Here’s what that says about the politics of foreign policy.

Upcoming Events

ISCS Sponsored Events

"Nuclear Escalation and Deterrence in East Asia"
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 6th Floor, 1957 E Street, NW

ISCS Spring 2018 Workshop Series 


Monday January 22
John Schuessler - Texas A&M University
Title: “The Shadow of Exit: Insularity and American Preponderance.”

Monday February 5
Rachel Whitlark - Georgia Institute of Technology 
Title:  "All Options on the (Latency) Table: The Impact of Carrots and Sticks on Nuclear Latency Roll-Back."

Monday April 2
Sabrina M Karim - Cornell University
Title: “United Nation's Peacekeeping Bias in State Building: Experimental Evidence on Local Effects with the Liberian National Police”

Monday April 9
Daniel Byman - Georgetown University
Title: "Understanding the Foreign Fighter Threat"

Monday April 30
Jonathan Caverley - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: To Be Announced

Monday May 7
Michael Glosny - Naval Postgraduate School
Title: Explaining China's Power-Influence Gap: Chinese Assessments and Implications for Foreign Policy


Monday May 14

Colin Kahl - Georgetown University

Title: “Grand Strategy in the Post-9/11”



ISCS Security Policy Workshops

Security Policy Forum

Nuclear Policy Talks


Watch security- and conflict-themed events and interviews on the Elliott School’s Web Video Initiative.