Georgetown University has a long-standing commitment to global studies and international affairs, particularly those regions touched by the historical Silk Roads. The School of Foreign Service is one of the nation's oldest and top-ranked schools of international affairs. The innovative and interdisciplinary training provided by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies is complemented by Title VI National Resource Centers focused on East Asia, the Arab world, and Russia and Eastern Europe and reinforced by training in the Department of History and the Department of Art and Art History, among others. The university also maintains a strong commitment to furthering academic ties with peer institutions and colleagues in China and India through the Office of International Initiatives.
Critical Silk Road Studies - the first Sawyer Seminar ever convened in the capital region - will also draw upon the dense concentration of academic, cultural, and research resources in the greater Washington, DC area. As an international crossroads and center for government, media, and think-tank institutions, DC and contiguous Maryland and Virginia are home to seven major institutions of higher learning, as well as the Smithsonian Institution (including the Freer and Sackler Galleries), the Library of Congress, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.