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

Harris Mylonas' Foreign Affairs Snapshot, "Between Trump and the Troika"

December 01, 2016

Harris Mylonas, Associate Professor of Political Science, recently published Foreign Affairs Snapshot where he discusses President Obama's visit to Greece and the potential impact of Donald Trump's victory on the Greek political system. 

ISCS Andrew Bell's Recent Article in Security Studies

October 14, 2016

Andrew Bell, Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School's Institute for Security and Conflict Studies (ISCS), recently published "Military Culture and Restraint Towards Civilians at War: Examining the Ugandan Civil Wars" in the July issue of Security Studies

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.

Speaker Spotlight

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

MIPP 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.

Welcome to the Kremlin Playbook

NSSP Guest Lecturer Heather Conley explores Russia's strategy toward weakening internal cohesion of democratic societies.

Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership

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