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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 and emerging new threats – from climate change to artificial intelligence and 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 75 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 Henry A. Kissinger Center is pleased to have Dr. Kristina Sphor as its inaugural Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Chair at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Made possible with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Federal Foreign Office, the professorship commemorates the long and deep friendship between Secretary Kissinger and Chancellor Schmidt and serve as a bridge between Germany and the United States. We are also pleased to have Five post doctoral fellows join Professor Spohr to conduct research on the theme “the United States, Europe, and World Order." The Kissinger Center is pleased to announce its open call for applications for 2019-20 DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellows. During the academic year 2019-2020 six post-doctoral fellowships will be awarded for a ten month period from September 2019 to July 2020. You can learn more about the opportunity, your eligibility and the application process by viewing our call for applciations. Applications close March 15, 2019. Apply Now!


The Kissinger Center is pleased to welcome Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill who will be joining the center as the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar.


The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS is accepting applications from PhD candidates in history, political science, and related disciplines to participate in the International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON), a Carnegie Corporation-funded effort to facilitate and mentor the next generation of policy engaged scholars through a series of conferences and workshops throughout the academic year.

Accepted students participate in IPSCON events for two academic years. Over the course of each year, students attend a 3-day retreat in the Adirondacks, a 2-day workshop in Washington, DC, and monthly video-teleconferences that put them in conversation with preeminent scholars and current or former senior officials. A limited number of slots in the program are open to PhD students from outside the seven consortium universities. Applications are due February 1, 2019. All the relevant information can be found here.