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Carnegie Squares Session with Alina Polyakova

October 30, 2019
Junior Scholars in our Carnegie International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network met to discuss global trends in nationalism and populism in our second virtual seminar of the semester. Dr. Alina Polyakova, Founding Director of the Project on Global Democracy and Emerging Technology and Fellow at the Center on The United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution led a discussion on the causes and consequences of political populism.


Book Talk - To Build a Better World

October 15, 2019
The Kissinger Center hosted a small book talk dinner with Dr. Philip Zelikow, SAIS students, academics, and practitioners to discuss his new book "To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth" that he published with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


American Foreign Policy in the Trump Era and Beyond

October 2, 2019
Join the Kissinger Center for a lunchtime discussion of US Foreign Policy under Trump with four SAIS professors, Dr. Andrew Mertha, Dr. Adria Lawrence, Dr. Matthias Matthijs and Dr. Hal Brands, that will be teaching at Homewood this spring. The lunch will be held from 12-1:15pm in The Great Hall. Lunch will be provided. For more information click here.


American and the Future of Great Power Competition

October 2, 2019
Please join the Kissinger Center on October 2 at 5:00pm in Bloomberg 272 at the Johns Hopkins Univeristy Homewood campus for an afternoon discussion with Former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert Work, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor, Hal Brands, and the Head of the Center for American Security, Richard Fontaine. For more information click here.


Carnegie Squares Session with Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes

September 18, 2019
Junior Scholars in our Carnegie International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network met to discuss the future of US Foreign Policy in the Middle East in our first virtual seminar of the semester. Dr. Tamara Wittes, Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs led a discussion on the future of the region's relevance, how to craft policy and the role of think tanks in policy-making.


Minnowbrook 2019

June 13-16, 2019
Junior scholars gathered at the Minnowbrook retreat center in Blue Mountain, NY for a four day conference centered on mentorship developing policy-relevant research. Conference programming included an historical simulation and a discussion of other methods used to help understand problems in history and international relations. It also included a dissertation review workshop and a discussion on the function of think tanks in policy and related careers.


A Conversation with Wolf Blitzer

April 5, 2019
Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Inaugural Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs moderated a discussion with Wolf Blitzer, lead political anchor at CNN and Johns Hopkins alumnus on America's Changing Role in Global Affairs.


Book Talk with Hal Brands

March 11, 2019
Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor, Hal Brands discussed his latest book, The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order, co-authored with Charles Edel at a book event hosted by Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation, Kent Calder and Director of the Kissinger Center and Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor, Francis J. Gavin.


Kissinger Center Research Workshop with Liviu Horovitz

April 17, 2019
The Kissinger Center hosted a workshop with DAAD Post-Doc Liviu Horovitz on his working draft, "Guns, Butter and Votes: A Theory of American Military Primacy and the End of the Cold War".


Future Strategy Forum

April 2, 2019
The Kissinger Center, in partnership with CSIS, held its second annual Future Strategy Forum conference on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The conference, titled "The Future of Statecraft" brought together leading policy-makers and scholars to discuss the future of great power competition, international institutions and economic statecraft. Dr. Kathleen Hicks hosted a keynote discussion with Ambassador Susan Rice.


Nuclear Studies Research Initiative (NSRI)

February 1-2, 2019
The Kissinger Center hosted its inaugural NSRI workshop with leading scholars in history, political science and nuclear science to discuss the future of nuclear related research in grand strategy, science and other disciplines. The workshop is part of a larger initiative to enable new and experienced scholars to create more collaborative and policy-related work in nuclear studies.


DC Policy Workshop

December 10-11, 2018
The Kissinger Center hosted 25 PhD students at Johns Hopkins SAIS’ DC campus for a two-day conference focused on helping junior scholars improve their policy-relevant research, build their network with the DC practitioner and policy-making community, and take part in roundtable discussions and simulations. This year’s workshop included a discussion on careers beyond academia, a historical exercise with Phil Zelikow, and panel discussions on the midterm elections, journalism and foreign policy, congress and foreign policy and ethics in policymaking.


Kissinger Center Book Workshop with Research Scholar Alexander Bick

December 5, 2018
The Kissinger Center hosted a book workshop for Research Scholar Alexander Bick to provide critical feedback on his manuscript, "Governing the Free Sea." The book looks inside the board of directors of the Dutch West India Company in the period 1645-1648, showing how ideas of empire and authority shaped mercantile decision-making, how company and state cooperated in practice, and how colonial policy furthered Dutch strategic objectives in Europe on the eve of the Treaty of Munster/Westphalia.


Kissinger Center Research Workshop with PhD Candidate Jaehan Park

November 10, 2018
The Kissinger Center hosted a dissertation workshop for Johns Hopkins SAIS PhD candidate Jaehan Park to provide critical feedback on the opening chapters to his dissertation, “Rethinking Geopolitics: Geopolitics as International Theory.” Park’s dissertation argues that for complex reasons, geopolitics lost its place during the late 20th century and draws from Anglo-American classics to recast geopolitics as a theory of foreign policy concerned with geographic orientation.


Kissinger Center Research Workshop with SAIS Professor Alice Pannier

September 21, 2018
The Kissinger Center hosted a book workshop for Professor Alice Pannier to provide feedback on her manuscript, “Return to Bilateralism: The UK, France, and the Challenges of Defending Europe.” Her project explores the origins and contemporary forms of the UK-France bilateral defense partnership, presents a new theory of bilateralism, and offers policymakers a framework for making bilateral defense cooperation more effective.


IPSCON Minnowbrook Retreat

June 13-16, 2018
The Kissinger Center hosted a conference in June 2018 in Blue Mountain Lake, NY, centered on helping junior scholars to develop policy-relevant research using case studies and other methods to help understand problems in history and international relations. It also included a rigorous dissertation workshop for junior scholars to solicit feedback from senior scholars and practitioners.


Kissinger Center Research Workshop with PhD Candidates Alexandra Evans and Bradley Potter

May 22, 2018
The Kissinger Center hosted a research workshop for Johns Hopkins SAIS PhD candidate Bradley Potter and UVA PhD candidate Alexandra Evans to provide feedback on their paper, “No Victory, No Peace: Withdrawing U.S. Marines from Beirut, 1983-1984.”


Future Strategy Forum: The Future of Force

May 18, 2018
The Kissinger Center partnered with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to present the Future Strategy Forum, a new initiative to connect women scholars who research national security with the practitioners who make it. The inaugural conference, “The Future of Force” featured all women-panels devoted to the changing character of warfare and potential new strategies for the United States and its partners.


Tricks of the Trade Publishing Workshop

April 26, 2018
The Kissinger Center launched the inaugural session of its new Research Workshop, entitled “Tricks of the Trade: Publishing.” The workshop convened SAIS junior faculty and Ph.D. students to discuss the ins and outs of academic publishing with Susan Ferber, Executive Editor at Oxford University Press, and Eric Crahan, Senior Editor at Princeton University Press.


Book Launch: Zbigniew Brezezinski: America’s Grand Strategist

April 11, 2018
Together with the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS, the Kissinger Center hosted a launch for Justin Vaïsse's new book Zbigniew Brzezinski: America’s Grand Strategist.


Curricula for Statecraft Conference

March 23-24, 2018
As part of the International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON), the Kissinger Center helped to organize a two-day conference on "Curricula for Statecraft" that brought together former senior officials and scholars to consider the skills, areas of substantive knowledge, and habits of mind required by future public servants to become effective senior-level policymakers. The conference was hosted by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.


Podcast with War on the Rocks Recording session

January 26, 2018
Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor and Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director, recorded a podcast on Grand Strategy from Obama to Trump for War on the Rocks. The conversation was followed by a reception hosted by the Kissinger Center.


IPSCON DC Policy Workshop

December 12-13, 2017
The Kissinger Center hosted the third annual IPSCON Workshop in DC. The workshop brought together PhD candidates from seven consortium universities – Duke, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Syracuse, MIT, Stanford, the University of Indiana, and the University of Virginia – to explore how the latest scholarship in political science and history can help address the pressing real-world challenges faced by policymakers in Washington. Speakers included Will Hitchcock, author of the forthcoming book The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, and Brian Hook, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of Policy Planning.


A Conversation with John Lipsky

December 6, 2017
John Lipsky, Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Kissinger Center, met with students to discuss his career in international finance and banking, from his early experience as an economist with the International Monetary Fund in Chile to his current role as non-executive director on the board of HSBC. This was the second in a series on careers in public service and international affairs.


A Conversation with Sarah Sewall

October 6, 2017
Sarah Sewall, Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Kissinger Center, met with students to discuss her experience working at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, and on Capitol Hill. She shared her perspective on each institutions’ mission, culture, challenges, and satisfactions. The talk was the first in a series that aims to help students successfully pursue careers in public service and international affairs.


NSRI 2017 Conference

September 16, 2017
The Kissinger Center’s Nuclear Studies Research Initiative partnered with the Nuclear Security Working Group at George Washington University to host a conference to explore the future of nuclear strategy, security, and statecraft. The meeting sought to develop an intellectual agenda and identify key issues, areas of agreement and disagreement, and strategies for moving forward with a rigorous, policy relevant, interdisciplinary scholarly agenda.


A Conversation with Odd Arne Westad

September 8, 2017
September 8, 2017 – The Kissinger Center hosted historian Odd Arne Westad, S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, to discuss his new book, The Cold War: A World History.


Minnowbrook 2017 Retreat

June 9-12, 2017
The Kissinger Center, in partnership with Syracuse University and the University of Virginia, hosted the IPSCON Summer Workshop at the Minnowbrook retreat center in New York. The workshop brought together current PhD students and a number of senior scholar-practitioners for three days. The conference focused on case study analysis, pedagogy, dissertation development, and curriculum development.


A Conversation on American Exceptionalism

May 31, 2017
The Kissinger Center convened a small group of scholars and practitioners to discuss the controversial concept of American exceptionalism. The event aimed to support current writing projects by Robert Zoellick, former President of the World Bank, and Jake Sullivan, former National Security Advisor to the Vice President. Walter McDougall offered opening remarks drawing on his article "The Unlikely History of American Exceptionalism."


Inaugural Ceremony

October 6, 2016
Johns Hopkins SAIS launched the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs with a celebration and panel discussion at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, DC. The event included remarks by SAIS Dean Vali Nasr, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger.