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“The contemporary world is characterized by global upheaval resulting from differences in culture, values, history, and evolution. International studies need to focus on the confluence of these trends, permitting the development of a grand strategy. The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS will develop a multi-disciplinary approach to world order with special emphasis on historical and cultural evolution.”

Henry A. Kissinger

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is pleased to introduce the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. Established in October 2016 with the largest combined gift in the history of the school, the center is home to a distinguished faculty of scholars and practitioners working to address some of today’s most complex global challenges.

The return of great power politics, resurgent nationalism, and new threats – from climate change to cyberwarfare – are reshaping international relations. Navigating this changing landscape requires a new approach to the study of international affairs that breaks down disciplinary boundaries and transcends the narrow confines of short-term policymaking. Through its innovative research, curricula, and programs, the Kissinger Center seeks to integrate historical scholarship with rigorous analysis of geostrategy and statecraft. This approach honors the legacy of Henry Kissinger, whose diplomatic achievements and deep knowledge of history, philosophy, and culture have inspired multiple generations of foreign policy professionals.

Located in the heart of Washington, DC, the Kissinger Center is uniquely positioned to build on Johns Hopkins SAIS’ more than 70 years of excellence in scholarship and public engagement to prepare the next generation of global leaders.

Read a welcome letter from Francis J. Gavin, Director of the Kissinger Center.


Francis Gavin

Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director

Mary Elise Sarotte

Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Professor of Historical Studies

Hal Brands

Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor

Scholarship and Outreach

In June 2017, the Kissinger Center was awarded nearly $1 million by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund the second iteration of the Carnegie International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network. Together with consortium partners the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and the Miller Center, University of Virginia, the project seeks to bridge the divide between the academy and practice by creating a cohort of scholar-practitioners who understand the problems and prospective of each world and can successfully pursue careers in both.