Institute for Global and International Studies

Welcome to the Institute for Global and International Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs. This website will keep you up to date on what is happening at the Institute and affiliated faculty, staff, and student activities that relate to the Institute's mission.



Kudos to Martha Finnemore!

Political scientist and IGIS affiliate Martha Finnemore authored or co-authored several recent articles: "Getting a Seat at the Table: The Origins of Universal Participation and Modern Multilateral Conferences" (Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations), "Dynamics of Global Governance: Building on What We Know " (International Studies Quarterly), and "Hypocrisy Hype: Can Washington Still Walk and Talk Differently?" (Foreign Affairs).

Kudos to Dr. Lauren Carruth!

Lauren Carruth, medical anthropologist and specialist on the Horn of Africa and humanitarian medical aid, has accepted a tenure-track position at the School of International Service at American University. She will be an assistant professor of global health, international studies, and anthropology, starting in fall 2015.  Dr. Carruth’s PhD is from the University of Arizona, and her dissertation won a prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology. She was a post-doctoral teaching fellow in IGIS and the Anthropology Department for two years. She taught a graduate seminar on anthropology and global health, an undergraduate class on the cultures of Africa, and an undergraduate class on culture, illness, and healing. Congratulations, Lauren!

Farewell to visiting scholar Brian Theide
Brian Theide was a visiting scholar in IGIS and its Africa Working Group for a year. He was awarded a Ph.D. in the Department of Development Sociology from Cornell University in August 2014 and accepted a tenure-track position in sociology at Lousiana State University.

Kudos to IGIS Faculty, Dr. Jane Henrici!

Professorial lecturer and anthropologist Jane Henrici, Ph.D, was contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice in February 2014 to produce a report analyzing the potential effects on lower-income Texans of requiring a photo ID in order to vote. Most of the most recent scholarship available for her report was by Dr. Henrici and her colleagues across a range of projects and based on their research in Texas concerning race, gender, policy, and poverty. Dr. Henrici's submitted report and subsequent testimony in court contributed significantly to the decision to overturn Texas's Voter ID law, according to the judge's ruling on October 9, 2014. Dr. Henrici's role as lecturer at George Washington University is noted within the opinion filed by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos: 

(pp. 61-62).

Kudos to Visiting Scholar Dr. Theide!

Visiting Scholar Brian Thiede, who received his Ph.D. in development sociology from Cornell University in August, published an article entitled, "Rainfall Shocks and Within-Community Wealth Inequality: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia" in World Development.

Congratulations Dr. Theide!

Brian Theide, Visiting Scholar in IGIS, successfully defended his dissertation, "Environmental Shocks, Heterogeneous Vulnerability, and Within-Community Inequality: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia," and was awarded a Ph.D. in the Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University in August. He will remain at IGIS through the fall semester and then move to a tenure track position in sociology at Louisiana State University.

Farewell to visiting scholar Doug Janoff

Douglas Janoff was a visiting scholar in IGIS and its Western Hemisphere Working Group for a year and a half. A foreign service officer at the Canadian Embassy, he is taking a one-year leave in order to devote intensive research and writing to his dissertation in the Department of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. During 2014-2015, Doug will be a Diplomat in Residence at the Patterson School of International Affairs at the University of Kentucky. The subject of his dissertation is the intersection of multilateral diplomacy and the LGBT human rights movement, with a focus on the UN human rights system, centered in Geneva.

Congratulations Dr. Freeman!

Scott Freeman, Visiting Scholar in IGIS/CIGA, successfully defended his dissertation, "Cutting Earth": Haiti, Soil Conservation, and the Tyranny of Projects, and was awarded a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University's Teachers College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in May.

Dr. Tashi Rabgey Speaks at Sichuan University on Governance & Innovation

On April 23, Dr. Tashi Rabgey was a guest speaker at Sichuan University’s Center for China’s Western Frontier Security, Development and Cooperative Innovation. Faculty and students participated in her talk on “Development of Governance as a New Paradigm for Social and Political Organization: From Theory to Practice in Comparative Context.” Dr. Rabgey’s presentation discussed governance as a framework for the Tibet issue in the context of comparative fieldwork in Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq and the Karen State of Burma.

Who Owns Haiti? Sovereignty in a Fragile State: 2004-2014

When: Friday, May 2, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Who: Focus On Haiti Initiative
Where: Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E St NW
Washington, DC 20052

A day long symposium that will address the issue of Haitian sovereignty through the lenses of: Governance, Economic and Human Development; Cultural Heritage; and Politics and the International Community.

International Affairs MA Program introduces major field in global gender policy

The GGP is pleased to announce a new "major field" within the International Affairs MA degree program, the Elliott School's largest MA program. It comprises 12 credit hours and provides  knowledge of global gender policy challenges and programs, expertise in research methods, and exposure to critical skills and toolkits. It will equip students with the ability to pursue and succeed in the increasing number of careers that value global gender expertise.

Congratulations to Kerry Crawford

Kerry Crawford, former pre-doctoral fellow in IGIS/GGP, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in political science in February. It is entitled "Punctuated Silence: The International Response to Wartime Sexual Violence" and her committee chair was Dr. James Lebovic.

Congratulations to Neely Myers

Neely Myers has accepted a tenure-track job offer from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Starting in fall 2014, she will be assistant professor of cultural anthropology, specializing in medical anthropology. Dr. Myers was a visiting adjunct professor of anthropology at GW in 2012-2013 and faculty affiliate of Elliott School’s Institute for Global and International Studies though 2014. In the summer of 2013, IGIS and its Global Gender Program funded field research by Dr. Myers in Tanzania. She focused on the work of World Vision in empowering women and girls. 

Three IGIS faculty affiliates recent book publications

Professor Matt Levinger published Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2013). The handbook is a guide for practitioners seeking to prevent deadly conflict or mitigate political instability. Levinger integrates theory and practice and emphasizes the importance of analyzing the causes of peace as well as the causes of conflict. He stresses that conflict analysis is a social as well as an intellectual process, helping practitioners translate analysis into effective action.


Professor Henry Nau published Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy Under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan (Princeton University Press, 2013). Debates about U.S. foreign policy have revolved around three main traditions--liberal internationalism, realism, and nationalism. In this book, Nau delves deeply into a fourth, overlooked foreign policy tradition that he calls "conservative internationalism” by exploring conservative internationalism in the foreign policies of Thomas Jefferson, James Polk, Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan.

Emeritus Professor David Gow with Diego Jaramillo Salgado published En minga por el Cauca: El gobierno de Taita Floro Tunubala, 2001-2003, [Working Together for Cauca: The Government of Taita Floro Tunubala, 2001-2003] (Bogota and Popayan: Editorial de la Universidad del Rosario/Editorial de la Universidad del Cauca, 2013). In October 2000, the voters in the department of Cauca, located in southwestern Colombia, elected Taita Floro Tunubala governor. He was elected by a coalition of popular organizations and progressive social movements, without the support of an established political party, in a department judged by many to be "ungovernable." In his acceptance speech, Tunubala appealed to the local population -- rural and urban, indigenous and Afro-Colombian, politicians and power brokers, guerrillas and paramilitaries -- to work together to solve the major problems confronting the department: poverty, corruption, violence, impunity, unemployment, and drug production and trafficking. This was to be achieved through a strategy of alternative development that would respect human rights, practice sustainable development, and promote regional democracy. This collaborative study presents and analyzes the difficulties and challenges this alternative government faced.

New Working Paper Online by GW alumna, Amanda Eller

Our latest working paper, “Power Dynamics and Sexual Relationships between Professors and Students at an Urban University in Benin”, is now available. The author of this paper, Amanda Eller, graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in international affairs and a minor in sociocultural anthropology. She spent 2011-2012 in Benin on a Fulbright US Student award where she did research on transactional sex and sexual harassment in universities.

Welcome to Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs

We are pleased to welcome, Dr. Aisling Swaine, Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs focusing on women, security and development, to GW and IGIS/Global Gender Program. Prior to joining GW, Aisling spent over 14 years working on issues of security and development, both at the international level and in conflict-affected states in Africa and South East Asia. This semester Aisling is teaching two international affairs courses: Global Gender Policy and Gender and Conflict.

Leon Fuerth, IGIS Practitioner in Residence, authors chapter in The Future Can't Wait

Leon Fuerth's presentation at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s “Symposium on the Future of Development Challenges” was published in the USAID monograph The Future Can't Wait as a chapter titled "Strategic Vision: Foresight Research for Development."  A launch event and luncheon was held at the Atlantic Council on December 17, 2013.

Congratulations to student intern Asthaa Chaturvedi

Congratulations to Asthaa Chaturvedi, B.A. candidate in International Affairs (expected graduation May 2014) for her new internship in the spring with Meet the Press. She will be coordinating with guests, conducting research and helping prepare for program segments. Asthaa has been a student intern with the Global Gender Program of IGIS since January 2013. She was our social media anchor, writing and posting many entries on both the global.gender.current and anthropologyworks. Her ten-part series of interviews on Why It Matters with leaders in gender equality and gender mainstreaming has contributed important insights about how women leaders see their role and mission and what advice they have to offer to aspiring leaders. In the summer of 2013, through funding from GW's Undergraduate Research Award, Asthaa undertook two months of fieldwork in New Delhi to gather qualitative data on women's perceptions of the impact of participation in an empowerment organization called SEWA. This research formed the basis for her honor's thesis as well as a Global Gender Program Working Paper


Farewell to Ariana Rabindranath and Milad Pournik

We are sorry to bid farewell, after two years, to the Global Gender Program's Associate Director, Ariana Rabindranath, and GGP Research Associate, Milad Pournik. Funding for their  positions expired at the end of 2013, and each has moved on to a new position. Ariana is Chief Operating Officer at Women's Learning Partnership. Milad is a Junior Researcher with Management Systems International. The GGP is very grateful to a generous gift from an anonymous donor which supported their positions in 2012 and 2013.


Congratulations to pre-doctoral fellow Kerry Crawford

Congratulations to Kerry Crawford, doctoral candidate in political science at GW and pre-doctoral fellow in the Global Gender Program (2012-2013), for her new tenure track position as assistant professor of political science at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is currently completing her dissertation on the international response to wartime sexual violence and has recently published an article on framing sexual violence as a security issue in the November issue of Gender and Development.

IGIS affiliate Mark Edberg receives award for development of social well-being framework for UNICEF at 112th Annual American Anthropological Association Meeting

Dr. Mark Edberg, PhD, associate professor of prevention and community health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, was recently awarded the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists’ biennial Praxis Award. The Praxis Award was established in 1981 for outstanding achievement in anthropological theory and methods that demonstrate impact for the public good. Edberg was presented with the award in November at the AAAs for his collaborative work with UNICEF in which he used anthropological methods to research and develop new frameworks for planning, monitoring and addressing problems of well-being among adolescents in one version and women and children in another. Terry Redding, chair of the 2013 Praxis Committee of WAPA, stated that the adoption of Edberg's methods by UNICEF makes the potential impact and benefit of his work far-reaching.


IGIS affiliate wins Medical Anthropology Dissertation Award

Lauren Carruth, IGIS/CIGA postdoctoral fellow teaching in the Department of Anthropology, received the Society for Medical Anthropology Dissertation Award for her dissertation, In the Aftermath of Aid: Medical Insecurity in the Northern Somali Region of Ethiopia. The SMA Dissertation Award is given biannually to the author of a dissertation which is judged to be a significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology.


IGIS affiliates present at 112th Annual American Anthropological Association Meeting

Lauren Carruth, IGIS/CIGA post-doctoral fellow presented a paper on Aid Research and the Humanitarian “Audit Culture” in the Somali Region of Ethiopia on a double panel addressing the dilemmas of ethnography and aid work during humanitarian crises.

Scott Freeman, IGIS/CIGA pre-doctoral fellow organized a panel Beyond Neoliberalisms: Broadening the Focus of NGO Studies as part of The Future of NGO Studies Conference. He also participated in the Rappaport Prize Panel which is sponsored by the AAA’s Anthropology and Environment section. It selects the top five graduate papers each year. This year, Scott Freeman's paper, Conserving the Project: Labor, Development, and Environmental Governance in Haiti, was one of papers selected for this award.


Leon Fuerth speaking at the Argonne National Lab

Leon Fuerth, IGIS Practitioner in Residence, has been invited to join the Board of Advisers for the Argonne National Lab in Illinois. On December 2, 2013 he will speak to a senior audience at the Lab on Energy, the Environment and National Security.


Tibet Governance and Practice Forum at
Harvard Shanghai Center

IGIS' Tibet Governance Project was a co-convenor of a landmark research forum on the challenges of governance in Tibet. Hosted by the Chinese State Council's Development Research Center and held at the Harvard Shanghai Center from August 10-12, 2013, the second annual Tibet Governance and Practice Forum (TGAP) involved prominent researchers, scholars and civic leaders from across the region and around the world in a dialogue on the challenges of conservation, resource management and local governance in Tibet. Dr. Tashi Rabgey, director of the IGIS Tibet Governance Project, has led the development of the Tibet governance initiative over the past six years.


IGIS's Visiting Scholar, Susan Park

Dr. Park is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. While on sabbatical this year, she joins IGIS to pursue her research on external accountability mechanisms of the World Bank.

Futurist award for report on Anticipatory Governance

A report by Leon Fuerth, IGIS practitioner in residence, and Evan Faber, former Executive Associate for the Project on Forward Engagement, called Anticipatory Governance has been named as one of the Most Significant Futures Works for 2013 by the Association of Professional Futurists. The report is recognized for being compelling in terms of a framework to describe foresight benefits and as an excellent communication device, especially for policy makers.

Tashi Rabgey on China Trip for National Committee on US-China Relations Fellowship

IGIS Research Professor, Tashi Rabgey, participated in a delegation of fellows to China of the National Committee on US-China Relations. The fellows of the Public Intellectuals Program met with Chinese scholars and officials in Beijing, the Northeast and Hong Kong. Pictured here with Tung-Chee-Hwa, former Governor of Hong Kong and the first Chief Executive after the transfer of sovereignty in 1997.

Joshua Doherty Awarded the 2013-2014 Michele Manatt Fellowship

Joshua Doherty is an M.A. candidate in International Affairs and J.D. candidate at G.W. Josh has been committed to global gender policy issues through internships since 2011, starting with the American Red Cross through his recent involvement with Ayuda, Inc where he performed client intakes and prepared trial materials related to domestic violence and family law cases. He has written three reports, including a Global Gender Policy Working Paper on the impact of quotas for women in the judiciary. He is focusing his studies at GW on gender-based violence and gender equality and seeks a career promoting women's and girl's development.

GGP Awarded Conservation International Grant

The Global Gender Program received a grant of $18,000 from Conservation International (CI) for a policy review to support CI's initiative, "Women and Healthy Sustainable Societies." The GGP research team comprises Ariana Leon Rabindranath, associate director of the Global Gender Program, and Pierre Pratley, pre-doctoral fellow. They will collect existing international, regional, and national level policies about freshwater conservation, food security, climate change adaptation, and improved livelihoods in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and then review their inclusion of a gender dimension.

New Working Paper Online

GGP is pleased to announce the release of "Prospects for Women's Economic Empowerment: Trends and Models for Sustainability in the Artisanal Sector," the M.A. capstone report of Elizabeth Andrews, Nicoletta Barbera, Morgan Mickle, and Hilary Novik. The report examines the prospects for women's economic empowerment through the artisanal sector, based on field research conducted in Colombia and Rwanda.

Farewell Cait O'Donnell, GGP Program Coordinator

While with the GGP, Cait effectively took on a wide range of tasks and handled them all with great effectiveness and aplomb. She is an excellent writer, contributing to our social media efforts and ensuring consistent high quality. She was a great mentor and role model for our student interns. Everyone in IGIS/GGP, and anyone in the Elliott School who had a chance to get to know her, will miss her spirit and energy. In her new job, as program coordinator with World Resources Institute, she will be a team member of the Access Initiative, which is the world's largest network of civil society organizations dedicated to ensuring that local communities have the right and abilities to gain access to information and to participate in decisions that affect their lives and environment. The Access Initiative helps to build environmental democracy by connecting local struggles to policy reform, from freedom of information laws to participation in environmental impact assessment.

Congratulations to student intern Asthaa Chaturvedi

Congratulations to GGP student intern, Asthaa Chaturvedi who is a recipient of a GW Undergraduate Research Award for her fieldwork this summer on Empowering Women Collectively and Individually from Her Perspective: A Case Study of SEWA Delhi. Asthaa's main objective is to use qualitative methods to learn women's perceptions of how SEWA has affected their roles and status in their family, neighborhood, and government as well as their changing access to a secure livelihood and economic assets. She hopes to trace the process of how women working through SEWA gain confidence and agency in the realm of collective group action for labor rights to extend the space for empowerment and dialogue in their homes and communities and to play a greater role in decision-making processes. Asthaa, a member of the University Honors Program, will be a senior in the Elliott School of International Affairs next year where she is concentrating in international development. She is a regular contributor to the global.gender.current blog.

Farewell to Visiting Scholar Alexandra Przyrembel

Alexandra Przyrembel was a visiting scholar for the past four weeks with IGIS and CIGA. Professor Andrew Zimmerman in GW's history department connected us with Alexandra. Dr. Przyrembel has an MA in history and literature studies from the University of Hamburg and Cornell University; her Ph.D. is from Technical University Berlin, one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany. She currently holds several appointments in Germany: head of the research unit on Global Cultural Conflicts and Transcultural Cooperation in the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and senior fellow in its Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; and associate professor modern European history in the department of history at the University of Goettingen. Her research fields include the history of modern Europe, history of religion, and cultural history. She has many publications, mainly in German. Her current book project is on Global Aid Cultures in the Modern Age (1789-1914).

Congratulations to student intern Meg Pierce

Meg Pierce, an Elliott School undergraduate with a double major in International Affairs and Women's Studies, has a part-time internship this summer with Vital Voices that is supported by a stipend award from the George Washington University. She will be working on their Global Ambassadors Conference to Brazil.

GGP's Kerry Crawford co-authors article in Air & Space Power Journal

Doctoral candidates in political science Kerry Crawford and Julia Macdonald published the article "Establishing a Marketplace of Women in Peacekeeping: An Analysis of Gender Mainstreaming and Its Viability in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations" in the most recent edition of Air & Space Power Journal.

Video available from event with Donald Steinberg

Event co-sponsored by IGIS and LAHSP, "From Donor-Centrism to Data Paloozas: The New World of Development Cooperation" with Donald Steinberg is now available online here.


GW alumna gives TEDx talk on girls and education in Ghana

GW BA alumna and member of the Global Women's Task Force at GW, Sally Nuamah, now a doctoral candidate in political science at Northwestern University, will give a TEDx talk in Chicago, streamed live, on Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:20pm EDT.

GGP's Ariana Leon Rabindranath participated at the 3rd Annual European Conference on Politics and Gender

On March 21-23, the European Standing Group on Politics and Gender convened the 3rd Annual European Conference on Politics and Gender at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. GGP Associate Director Ariana Leon Rabindranath participated in the conference and presented her paper, "Finding a Voice: Pathways Women Take to Politics in the Asia-Pacific Region", in a panel discussion entitled "Access to Political Power: Women's Ambition and Routes to Office." The conference was attended by 500 academics and practitioners from Europe and abroad.

GGP hosted two major events in March

GGP held its first-year Spring Roundtable panel devoted to gender issues in migration and international development called "Migrant Care Work from Two Sides: Care Work in the U.S. and Families Care Workers Leave Behind." Our event for International Women's Day focused on ending violence against women. It included a keynote lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. For more information on this event view our blog post "Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict" or the Elliott School's March Briefing. A video of this event can be found here.

Congratulations to two faculty in the Africa Working Group for their new books

John Harbeson, co-editor Africa in World Politics: Engaging a Changing Global Order, Westview Press, 2013.

Paul Williams, co-editor:
Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Fare-thee-well to Evan Faber

Last month we said fare-thee-well to Evan Faber as he completed his position as Executive Associate with the Project on Forward Engagement and began to transition to the next stage of his career. "The past four-plus years working for Prof. Fuerth have been nothing short of life-changing; I'm proud of the work we accomplished together, and I am honored to have learned so much from him," Evan said in an email announcement to colleagues. "I expect that our work together on Anticipatory Governance will continue in new and even more interesting ways." Evan moves next to consult on a project with the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, which he says is "a very exciting opportunity that ought to help me determine the best ways that I can exercise my commitment to foresight, technology and strategic thinking to make a positive social impact."

Western Hemisphere Working Group event coverage and blog launching

On March 26th at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Western Hemisphere Working Group launched it's initiative by presenting an informational panel entitled "Big Trucks, Pop Star Politics and Consensus Building: The Politics of Development in Haiti." The panel featured Raymond Joseph, former Haitian Ambassador to the US, Jonathan Katz, journalist and author and Mark Schneider of the International Crisis Group, who discussed their recent work on post-Earthquake Haitian development. Following the event the Western Hemisphere Working Group launched its new blog Focus on Haiti. View the official C-SPAN coverage here.

Two additional working papers now online

"Explaining the Variation in Gender Composition of Personnel Contributions to UN Peacekeeping Operations" (by Kerry F. Crawford, James H. Lebovic, Julia M. Macdonald) examines how we account for the dearth of female contributions to UN peace operations.

"Defying Strategy: United States Non-Strategic Recognition of Wartime Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo" (by Kerry F. Crawford) poses the following question: Do states devote valuable material resources and political capital to condemning atrocities when armed intervention is not imminent or when the perpetrator is not an adversary?

GGP's Second Occasional Report available now

We are happy to report that the Global Gender Program's second occasional paper is now live here. The paper, prepared by Milad Pournik, Jaeeun Chung, and Barbara Miller, offers a review of the concept of social resilience (particularly how it relates to women and girls), provides a summary of a conference that took place marking the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction and its 2012 theme, Women & Girls: The inVisible Source of Resilience, and summarizes how social resilience can create more secure societies in a changing world.

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