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About the Institute

Through major international conferences and seminars, the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy (IISTP) facilitates and inspires collaboration among scientists, policy experts, government officials, and industry leaders on science and technology related issues.

While collaborating with international research institutes and agencies, IISTP conducts cutting-edge research on policy issues that affect science and technology around the world and serves as an important vehicles for international scholars to bring their ideas to Washington, DC. Institute faculty, who teach the Elliott School’s MA program in International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), bring extensive expertise and experience in research, policy, and practice to students who will use the knowledge they gain to shape future policies across the globe. IISTP also collaborates closely with its “sister institute” here at the Elliott School, the Space Policy Institute (SPI), which also supports the MA in International Science and Technology Policy.

Event Series, Initiatives, and Programs at the Institute

In collaboration with the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, civil society groups such as the Internet Society Washington DC and the World Wide Web Foundation, and other research organizations such as the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Institute for International Economic Policy, IISTP is please to present a new Webinar Series on: 

Domestic and International Data Governance Issues

Join us on Zoom where expert presentations and robust audience participation in Q&A will help us all build a better understanding of these critical issues. For more information, or to watch recordings of previous webinars, please visit our events page.

Our last data governance webinar examined:

Innovations in Digital Trade Agreements

Wednesday, July 1 from 12PM-1PM EDT

Missed the webinar? Watch the recording here.

IISTP Seminar Series

The Bromley Memorial Event

New and Noteworthy

Introducing: International Science and Technology Policy Faculty Course Offerings, Fall 2020

(August 31-December 12, 2020)

Course Number Course Title Professor Schedule

IAFF 6141.10 /

IAFF 6141.OE

International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone

(This course will have both an in-person and an online presence.)

Nicholas Vonortas Meets every Tuesday, 5:10pm-7:00pm
IAFF 6143.10 Science, Technology, and Policy Analysis Anthony Eames Meets every Thursday, 7:10pm-9:00pm
IAFF 6145.10 US Space Policy Dana Johnson Meets every Thursday, 5:10pm-7:00pm
IAFF 6148.010 Space and National Security Peter Hays Meets every Monday, 7:10pm-9:00pm

ECON 6255.10 /

IAFF 6158.80

Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy: Economics of Technological Change

(This course will have both an in-person and an online presence.)

Nicholas Vonortas Meets every Monday, 7:10pm-9:00pm

IAFF 6158.12 /

IAFF 6158.OE1

Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy: Energy Policy Nina Kelsey Meets every Wednesday, 5:10pm-7:00pm
IAFF 6158.10 Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy: Nonproliferation Strategies & AI Carol Kuntz Meets every Wednesday, 5:10pm-7:00pm

 For more details on these courses, please visit our academics page.

Curious about blockchain?

Check out the World Bank report: “Analysing the Deployment of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in the Financial Sector.” Co-authored by IISTP Director Nicholas Vonortas, the report looks at how blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (BDLTs) affected the European financial sector and beyond.

A message from our Director:

Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of the International Science and Technoloy Policy Program at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs!

 Graduate Programs

The MA program in International Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), Graduate Certificate in International Science & Technology Policy, and Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Policy Studies are housed within the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. IISTP faculty are heavily involved in the programs and teach many of the courses. The programs allow students to study science and technology issues related to environmental health, space, international competitiveness, and national security within a global context. Learn more about program offerings or apply today!

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