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>> August 11, 2017 - 3:06pm

News Release: August 11, 2017

Hope LeGro to Become Interim Director of Georgetown University Press

WASHINGTON D.C.—Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University Press, has decided to take a new position as Director of the University of South Carolina Press. He will be leaving the GU Press on October 6, 2017. 

Photo of Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University PressDr. Brown arrived at GU Press in 2001. During his tenure, the Press sustained record revenues, the staff doubled in size, and the Press moved from the smallest category of university presses to its current medium-size status. Brown sharpened the Press’s editorial profile and under his leadership the Press published acclaimed lists in bioethics, international affairs, languages and linguistics, public management, religion and ethics and, more recently, regional titles. GU Press books have been translated and co-published in over twenty countries, including China, Russia, South Korea and India. During Brown’s tenure the Press added journals in international affairs and Arabic language instruction while establishing a substantial international presence, with distribution and sales partnerships in Europe, Asia, Australia-New Zealand, and the Middle East. In addition, GU Press books won dozens of awards in all of its subject areas for content and design, including numerous PROSE Awards from the Association of American Publishers/Professional Scholarly Publishing Division.

We at GU Press are most grateful for Dr. Brown’s dedicated and exemplary service to the Press. We congratulate him on his new position and wish him all the very best!


Photo of Hope LeGroHope LeGro, current director of the Georgetown Languages division and a seventeen-year veteran of GU Press, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Director, effective October 7, 2017, to continue and expand the Press’s current initiatives. Ms. LeGro began in our Editorial, Design, and Production department and shifted to acquiring languages and linguistics titles in 2005. Ms. LeGro was essential to the development of our Georgetown Languages imprint. She has always pushed the Press to new publishing frontiers by implementing digital products like companion websites for textbooks. She has chaired the Press’s Publishing Committee meeting for several years and served on the Association of American University Presses’ Digital Committee for three years and as the committee’s chair for two years.

Georgetown University Press supports the research and academic mission of Georgetown University and expands the university’s engagement with the local community and the world by publishing peer-reviewed content for a diverse, global readership. These publications, spanning theory and practice and written by an international group of authors from a broad range of intellectual perspectives, focus on the following subjects: international affairs; languages & linguistics; religion & ethics; and topics related to the Washington, DC region.

>> May 15, 2017 - 1:28pm

The Door of No Return

By Richard Brown

I recently visited Elmina Castle with a group of fellow board members from the Theological Book Network, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of scholarly books to libraries in the developing world, including Ghana. After we toured the castle church, our guide led us to the infamous “Door of No Return,” where black women and men and children had marched, chained and single file, onto awaiting slave ships. We lingered for a few excruciating minutes, then finished the tour before wandering in stunned silence toward the beach. The irony was not lost on us: all of these morally horrific activities were carried out within a fortress named for a martyr of the church who has been revered over the centuries by Christians and Muslims alike.

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>> May 5, 2017 - 10:27am

War and the Art of GovernanceFour Takes:

Face your North Korea fears

The Boston Globe

Here, I learned that it’s always existential for North Korea: “Ignoring the world and being ignored by it was impossible; it was located in the wrong place for that. Thus, from the start its leaders felt required to be threatening and bellicose to survive.”

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>> May 4, 2017 - 11:41am

War and the Art of Governance

To defeat ISIS for good, US needs to take the war beyond the battlefield

The Hill

We are about to score tremendous tactical victories against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The ISIS, or as the Arabs say, Daesh, strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa are about to fall, with much thanks to Iraqi forces, American advisers and miscellaneous militia units. But this is the beginning of a victory, not its final act.


A brilliant Naval officer, a SEAL with many combat tours, recently told an audience of scholars and practitioners in Washington, D.C., that, when Americans say counterterrorism, what they really mean is counterterrorist actions. We are fixated on the battle, the kinetic fight. The other aspects of counterterrorism — stability operations, propaganda and recruitment, returning foreign fighters, and reconciliation or incarceration — often go unaddressed. To win the war against Daesh, we will have to dive deeper into the non-kinetic tasks.

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Beyond battlefield success to political victory

The Washington Times

Most Americans like to think a war has ended when the last shot is fired or when the opposing army surrenders; these include politicians and senior military officers. In her excellent book, “War and the Art of Governance,” Nadia Schadlow argues eloquently that war is not over until battlefield success is translated into political victory. In doing so, she cites some weighty thinkers such as Carl von Clausewitz and uses case studies from American history to make her point.

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