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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 emerging threats – from climate change to cyberwarfare – are reshaping international relations. The Kissinger Center aims to deepen our understanding of this changing strategic landscape through an historically-informed, interdisciplinary approach to the study of international affairs. This approach honors the legacy of Henry Kissinger, whose diplomatic achievements and erudition 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 tomorrow’s 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-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies

Hal Brands

Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor

Scholarship and Outreach

The Kissinger Center is pleased to host the International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON), a multi-year initiative funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. IPSCON 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. Consortium members include Duke, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Syracuse, MIT, Stanford, the University of Indiana, and the University of Virginia. For more information, or to get involved in the program, click here.

In partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service and the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS, the Kissinger Center is accepting applications for six postdoctoral fellows working on the theme “the United States, Europe, and World Order.” Additional information can be found here.