Elliott School Receives $2.5 Million in Carnegie Grants

The awards went to professors Charlie Glaser, Henry Hale, Marc Lynch and Janne Nolan.

November 04, 2015

By Julyssa Lopez

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs received four awards totaling approximately $2.5 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The grants went to professors Charlie Glaser, Henry Hale, Marc Lynch and Janne Nolan to support separate research projects on Eurasian studies, Middle Eastern politics, bipartisan nuclear security solutions and nuclear policies toward China.

“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,” Elliott School Dean Reuben E. Brigety II said. “We look forward to continuing our joint efforts to connect the school's research, and that of the broader academic community, to policymakers around the world."

Dr. Hale, who is the current co-director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia, received $800,000 to continue the program’s work. PONARS Eurasia is made up of more than 108 academics across North America and Eurasia who develop security and policy approaches in Russia and Eurasia—an area that is critically important today.

“We anticipate reports advancing new understandings of and possible solutions for the Russia-Ukraine war, the Syrian crisis, U.S.-Russian tensions, authoritarian trends in the region and other issues,” Dr. Hale said.

Dr. Glaser, the director of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, will produce a series of articles that address U.S. strategic nuclear policies toward China with a $450,000 Carnegie Corporation grant. The articles will examine how China views nuclear escalation and how U.S. military operations may escalate pressures between the two countries, among other topics.

The Carnegie Corporation renewed its funding of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) with a $700,000 grant to Dr. Lynch of the Institute for Middle East Studies. POMEPS helps academic specialists on the Middle East engage and collaborate with policymakers and the public through articles, lectures, conferences and other efforts.

Carnegie's renewal of Dr. Nolan's $540,000 grant will support the ongoing work of her highly regarded Nuclear Security Working Group, a network of senior military experts and former officials who work to promote informed discourse and encourage bipartisan consensus about nuclear and national security policy. 

"We are very grateful for the Carnegie Corporation's continued and generous support for unbiased policy research about ways to reduce global nuclear dangers," Dr. Nolan said.