Welcome to the National Security Studies Program!


The George Washington University National Security Studies Program (GW NSSP) provides high-quality executive education courses to senior military (O-5/6) and civilian officials (GS-14/15) from the United States and its international partners. The courses are designed to fulfill the training needs of career professionals and combine foundational knowledge with a focus on the core issues for U.S. national security in the 21st Century.

The program is based in Washington, DC, giving participants access to an unparalleled range of Washington, DC policymakers and other thought-leaders.

Our next sessions of the Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership will be from March 1-12 and June 7 – 18, 2021. Due to COVID-19 please note that our March course will be fully online. For more information, click here.



About the Program Director:

Dr. Matthew Levinger

Matthew Levinger is Director of The George Washington University National Security Studies Program and Master of International Policy and Practice Program, as well as Research Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs. Previously, Matthew was a Senior Program Officer in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace, where he taught courses on conflict analysis and prevention for foreign policy professionals. He has more than twenty years’ experience doing research, analysis, and teaching on nationalism and violent conflict in the modern world. Before joining the U.S. Institute of Peace, he was director of the Academy for Genocide Prevention at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2005 to 2007. At the Holocaust Museum he played a key role in launching the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. The Task Force’s report Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers was released in December 2008.

Previously, Matthew was associate professor of History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon; he has also taught at Stanford University. Matthew is the author of Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2013), Enlightened Nationalism: The Transformation of Prussian Political Culture, 1806-1848 (Oxford, 2000), and co-author (with Charles Breunig) of The Revolutionary Era, 1806-1848, 3rd ed. (W.W. Norton, 2002). From January 2003 to January 2004 he was a William C. Foster Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked on initiatives for atrocities early warning and prevention in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He received his B.A. from Haverford College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.

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