News Archives


Upcoming Event: How Aggressive is China?

February 12, 2016

The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies will host a panel on "How Aggressive is China" on Monday, Februray 29 at 12:00pm in Lindner Commons (Elliott School Room 602). A light lunch will be served at 11:45am. 

ISCS Pre-Doctoral and Visiting Scholar Application Deadlines Approaching

December 23, 2015

Application deadlines for ISCS Research positions are quickly approaching. Please be aware of the following dates in order to submit your application on-time. 

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship deadline: January 15, 2016

Visiting Scholar Program deadline: January 15, 2016

Video: Stephen Biddle's Talk on U.S. Policy Against the Islamic State

December 14, 2015

On Monday, December 4 Professor Stephen Biddle unpacked the problems with the U.S. military approach against the Islamic State and presented three options that the U.S. military can choose. If you missed the talk or would like to share it, the video is now available! 

Dr. Charles Glaser, Director of the Institute for Security & Conflict Studies, receive Carnegie Corporation Grant

December 07, 2015

GW today recently cited the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs receiving of four awards totaling approximately $2.5 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Elliott School Dean Reuben E. Brigety II recently said, "The Carnegie Corporation has said that these awards are given in recognition of the Elliott School's position as the preeminent place to create policy-relevant research." 

Stephen Biddle's New Essay on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog: "Here’s why we can only contain the Islamic State, not bomb it back to the Stone Age"

December 03, 2015

Prof. Stephen Biddle recently posted an essay on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog that assesses Western military options against the Islamic State. He argues that eliminating its ability to carry out Paris-style terrorism is a much more expensive proposition than many now suppose. Given that, we're going to be stuck with some version of containment for a long time to come.

Stephen Biddle will be discussing strategy against the Islamic State on Monday, December 7. For more information about the event please visit the official website. 

Recent Publications

Friends, Foes, and Foreign-Imposed Regime Change

November 01, 2017

Publication Cover

Friends, Foes, and Foreign-Imposed Regime Change, Michael Poznansky, Alexander B. Downes, and Lindsey A. O'Rourke, International Security 2017 42:2, 191-195 

The networked peace: Intergovernmental organizations and international conflict

October 03, 2017

Lupu, Y.   (2017).  The networked peace: Intergovernmental organizations and international conflict. Journal of peace research. ,  54 (6), p. 833 - 848. (ISSN: 0022-3433)


It’s a Crime, but Is It a Blunder? Investigating the Military Effectiveness of Civilian Victimization

October 01, 2017

PPAlexander B. Downes"It’s a Crime, but Is It a Blunder? Investigating the Military Effectiveness of Civilian Victimization," in Civilians and Warfare in World History, ed. Nicola Foote and Nadya Williams (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018), pp. 288-312 (with Kathryn McNabb Cochran).