Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

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The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (known at the university as SFS) is a school within Georgetown University which specialises in international affairs. It was founded in 1919 by the dean, a Catholic priest and fanatical anti-communist called Edmund Walsh, who whilst at Georgetown had worked at the US War Department on a programme “designed to mobilise higher education’s resources for the war effort".[1] Walsh is described by his biographer as a "proponent of American exceptionalism" who "viewed the [American] nation as a beacon of liberty and equality for the world.”[2] During the 1930s Walsh publicly opposed Roosevelt’s New Deal measures and during the cold war he endorsed a nuclear first strike on the basis that the Soviet were inherently immoral.[3] Expressing an ideological zeal common amongst neo-conservatives today, Walsh advocated what he called “the argument of strength justly and righteously employed.[4]

Former Deans

  • Dean Keogh – was a "former" CIA operative who transformed the SFS in to a prime recruiting ground for the CIA and similar organizations.


Centers at the SFS include: Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) | BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES) | Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) | Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at SFS-Qatar | Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) | Center for Security Studies (CSS) | Mortara Center for International Studies

See also


  1. Patrick McNamara, A Catholic Cold War: Edmund A. Walsh, S.J., and the Politics of anti-communism (Fordham University Press, 2005) p.5
  2. ibid., p. xv
  3. ibid., p. xvi
  4. ibid., p.141