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The Institute supports public events that provide the GW community with the opportunity to hear experts address and debate current national security policy issues. Events at the Institute include informal work-in-progress workshops, panel discussions, weekly presentations by experts across multiple disciplines, and academic workshops.

Latest News

Stephen Biddle's and Jacob Shapiro's New Article in the Atlantic: The Problem with Vows to the Islamic State

August 22, 2016

GW Professor Stephen Biddle and his co-author, Prof. Jacob Shapiro of Princeton, argue in the Atlantic that proposals to escalate or accelerate the campaign in Iraq and Syria in order to hasten ISIS' defeat would accomplish a lot less than commonly supposed. The problem isn't taking Mosul or Raqqa - it's what would come afterward. 

Stephen Biddle's New Short Essay with Defense One on Afghanistan

June 12, 2016


Stephen Biddle argues on Defense One that the United States should stop announcing fixed dates for partial withdrawals from Afghanistan, as this undermines the settlement prospects that now constitute our only chance for realizing any of our war aims in the conflict.

Nuclear Strategies in China and Beyond

April 29, 2016

On April 29, 2016 Charles Glaser, M. Taylor Fravel, and Caitlin Talmadge were recently featured on the Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute's panel on "Nuclear Strategies in China and Beyond." They assessed nuclear policy options and the strategic and technological dimensions of a hyptohetical Sino-American nuclear conflict. 

To listen to the podcast and download the panelist's publications, please visit the website

On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Stephen Biddle appears on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook discussing "Why Is The U.S. Sending Special Forces Into Syria and Iraq?"

April 26, 2016

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, appeared on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on April 26, 2016. Stephen Biddle discusses the push to send Special Forces into Syria and Iraq and its strategy for ISIS. 

Harris Mylonas and Keith Darden's new article "Threats to Territorial Integrity, National Mass Schooling, and Linguistic Commonality"

October 09, 2015

Harris Mylonas, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Keith Darden, Associate Professor at American University School of International Service, write an article "Threats to Territorial Integrity, National Mass Schooling, and Linguistic Commonality," They ask why are some countries more linguistically homogenous than others and posit that the international environment in which a state develops partially determines the extent of its linguistic commonality and national cohesion. This article is part of a special issue forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies guest edited by Prema Singh and Matthias vom Hau.