The George Washington University National Security Studies Program (GW NSSP) provides high-quality executive education courses to senior military and civilian officials 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 incomparable access to key policy-makers and high-level benefits at critical governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Upcoming Program Dates

February 27 - March 10, 2017 (application deadline is January 23, 2017)

Program director Matt Levinger discusses the ways in which GW's National Security Studies Program prepares senior executives for strategic leadership roles in national security.

In the News

Charles Glaser's Policy Brief: Forgoing U.S. Damage-Limitation against China's Nuclear Weapons

September 06, 2016

Charles Glaser's policy brief is based on his new article, "Should the U.S. Reject MAD? Damage Limitation and U.S. Nuclear Strategy Toward China," in International Security's summer 2016 issue.

Why the U.S. Government Failed to Anticipate the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

April 21, 2016

NSSP Director Dr. Matthew Levinger argues that most U.S. government reporting on Rwanda before April 1994 utilized a faulty cognitive frame that failed to differentiate between threats of civil war and genocide.

Long-Term Strategy for Defeating Extremism

December 08, 2015

NSSP Featured Speaker Farah Pandith discusses defeating extremism by destroying the ideological extremist narratives.

Speaker Spotlight

Syrian Peace Process Needs Safeguards

Program Director Matthew Levinger argues that a solution to the Syrian civil war needs to reflect a shared political vision for Syria's future.

Stephen Biddle appears on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook discussing Afghanistan and the fall of Kunduz

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, appeared on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook on October 1, 2015. Stephen Biddle and other guests discussed Afghanistan and the fall of Kunduz.

Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership

Upcoming Program: February 27-March 10, 2017 (application deadline is January 23, 2017)