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Upcoming and Recent Events

May 18, 2018 – The Kissinger Center will partner 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” will feature all women-panels devoted to the changing character of warfare and potential new strategies for the United States and its partners. The conference is open to the public and will take place at CSIS in Washington, DC. Click here to RSVP.


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.


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.


March 23-24, 2018 – As part of the International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network (IPSCON), the Kisinger 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 Viginia.


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.


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.


December 6, 2017 – John Lipsky, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor 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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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.