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Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.


Part of the world’s leading school for the study of international affairs, our Center is home to extraordinary scholars and seasoned practitioners in foreign policy and international security.


Our mission is to generate and apply rigorous historical thinking to the most vexing global challenges. We do so in our teaching, by creating innovative new curricula, and in our research and writing. The Kissinger Center also acts as a bridge between the world of ideas and the world of action, bringing together leading thinkers and policymakers.


We passionately believe that a deep understanding of the past – its trends, rhythms, its lessons – can provide powerful insights into the pressing threats and opportunities we face today.


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Francis J. Gavin

Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kissinger Center