WIIS GWU is a U.S. chapter based in Washington, DC at the George Washington University. The chapter's mission is to introduce students to the fields of foreign and defense policies through academic, networking, and social events.
For more information on WIIS GWU, visit their Facebook page.


yo-yoLorena Tapias De Pombo, President WIIS GWU

Lorena is a senior at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, majoring in International Affairs and Political Science, with a concentration in Security Policy. During her junior year, Lorena interned at START at the university of Maryland, assisting on the Global Terrorism Database project. The second half of her junior year she studied abroad in Israel at Tel Aviv University, where she was able to learn about the security issues in the Middle East. In Israel Lorena worked at IOTT, a private Israeli intelligence company, as a web intelligence intern.

At GWU, Lorena is also part of Sigma Iota Rho, the International Affairs Honors Fraternity.



Please Note, WIIS GWU events are geared toward undergraduate and graduate students of the George Washington University

Exclusive Screening of Before the Flood, Climate change documentary.

Friday November 4th, Elliott School room 113 at 7:00pm                                                       From Academy Award®-inning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

​Diplomacy Training, Israeli Embassy

Friday November 18th12:00-3:00pm

This training will give participants hands-on experience managing diplomatic scenarios and receive feedback from professionals in the field!

There will be a discussion and Q & A with a Israeli diplomat, followed by a two hour interactive exercise—a series of policy and crisis simulations, all based on realistic diplomatic scenarios. The simulation will cover the following:

• Diplomatic ceasefire negotiation
• Strengthening ties with the U.S.
• Humanitarian aid in the Middle East
• Media training

Past Events

Negotiation Skills featuring curriculum by the Harvard Program on Negotiation
Charles Field, Professional Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs

How to Navigate LinkedIn
Career Services, the George Washington University

WIIS GWU/WIIS DC Speed Networking
Round III

Leadership in International Relations: Lessons Learned
WIIS and GW's Elliott School of International Affairs hosted the Honorable Michèle Flournoy for a discussion about her past experiences as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and at major Washington, DC think tanks.

Roundable featuring Dr. Joanna Spear
Associate Professor of International Affairs; Director, Security Studies Program, The Elliott School of International Affairs
See more from the event here.

Working in the Peace Field
Site Visit to the United States Institute of Peace

Nuclear Weapons: Do We Even Need Them?
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Working Life after Graduation featuring Simone Garreau
Marketing and Risk/Security Analyst, Control Risks, and former GWU Undergraduate

Working at a Think Tank
Site Visit to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Crisis Drill: Rising Tides
Designed by the GWU Strategic Crisis Simulations Student Organization

WIIS GWU/WIIS DC Speed Networking
Rounds I and II

Michele Clark on Combating Trafficking and Human Rights
Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs

Roundtable Featuring Akiko Yamanaka
Former Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
In partnership with The Japanese American Student Union of DC and the Organization of Asian Studies

Anne Taylor, Women's Clothing
How to Dress for Success, Do's and Don't's Fashion Show

State Department Site Visit
A Discussion with Foreign Service Officers and Civil Servants

An Evening with The Honorable Barbara Bodine
Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, 1997-2001
A Discussion on Yemen, U.S. Policy Options and Limitations in the Middle East, and Counterterrorism
In partnership with Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Iota Rho

Roundtable featuring Beth Cordray
The United States Department of Defense

Women, Peace, and Security featuring Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
Executive Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute North America

Roundtable featuring Dr. Deepa Ollapally
Research Professor of International Affairs; Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The Elliott School of International Affairs


Lorena Tapias de Pombo at lore_tapias@gwmail.gwu.edu.

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