U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program 2020

Study the complex factors that shape
U.S. foreign policy next summer!


At the Elliott School’s U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program, participants from the United States and the world study the complex factors that shape U.S. foreign policy. Taking full advantage of its location in downtown Washington D.C, this two-week long intensive seminar program features lectures led by GW Faculty, leading scholars and experts from government offices, think tanks, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, and the media.

In addition, students in the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program also participate in briefs and visit institutions that shape U.S. foreign policy, such as foreign embassies, the Pentagon, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, etc.

This upcoming summer, the Elliott School will host three U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program Sessions:

  • Session 1 will run from Monday, June 8th 2020 to Friday, June 19th, 2020,
  • Session 2 will run from Monday, June 29th, 2020 to Friday, July 10th, 2020,
  • Session 3 will run from Monday, July 20th, 2020 to Friday, July 31st, 2020!

Classes take place from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM for two weeks.


“The U.S. Foreign Policy in a Global Era was a wonderful course that granted me various opportunities to witness how foreign policy is made through several venues. The site visits were my favorite part — I gained access to places like the Pentagon where I otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to visit. I have recommended this course to countless prospective students, and I will continue to do so.”

Ashley Aniton
Student, George Washington University


The Elliott School in spring with cherry blossoms in bloom
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Earn 3 academic credits in two weeks only

Learn alongside tomorrow’s leaders while earning academic credit in one of the leading schools of international affairs in the United States! This program features lectures by GW faculty, prominent guest speakers, and site visits to the capital’s most influential organizations. 

Explore Washington D.C. and grow your network!

Take full advantage of the Elliott School’s ideal location in the heart of the capital to network with leaders in the field, attend cultural and academic events, and learn about the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy.


“The summer program was an excellent deep dive into the roles of various actors in formulating U.S. foreign policy and promoting the U.S. national interest. The class comprised a good mix of young students and more experienced practitioners of public policy. A key strength of the program was the quality of guest speakers who were all intimately involved in shaping U.S. foreign policy, be they from the public or private sector.

Mitchel Lee
Singapore Foreign Affairs Officer & visiting student from
The Rajaratnam School of International Studies in
NTU (Nanyang Technological University)


Meet our Program Faculty

Chris Kojm

Professor Christopher Kojm

Professor Kojm will be teaching Session 1 and 2 of the 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program.


Areas of Expertise

U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Policy; extensive career experience in the Legislative and Executive branches, and in the Intelligence Community


Christopher A. Kojm serves as the Director of the Elliott School’s Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative. He re-joined the School as a Professor of Practice in International Affairs after serving as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2009 to 2014. He is also the Director of the U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program and served previously as director of the mid-career Master’s in International Policy and Practice program. He taught previously at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.
In government, Chris served as a staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1984-98 under Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1998-2003), and as deputy director of the 9/11 Commission (2003-04). He was also president of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the Commission’s follow-on public education organization (2004-05). He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Iraq Study Group (2006).


Jillian Burns

Professor Jillian Burns

Professor Jillian Burns will be teaching Session 3 of the 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program.


Areas of Expertise
U.S. Foreign Policy, Middle East, Iran, Human Rights,


Jillian Burns, a retired foreign service officer, is currently a teaching part-time at the George Washington University. She joined the Foreign Service in 1993 and spent most of her career as a political officer working on the Middle East, particularly on Iran. Prior to retiring in November 2014, she served as the Director of the Near East Affairs Office in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). She served as Consul and Senior Civilian Representative in Herat, Afghanistan from September 2012 – September 2013.

Ms. Burns also worked in the Office of Policy Planning, where she was responsible for issues relating to Iran and also served six months as Acting Director of the Iran office in the Bureau of Near East Affairs (NEA).

Questions? Please contact esiashortterm@gwu.edu.

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