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ENGAGING WORLD LEADERS, GROUNDBREAKING INSIGHTS


The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) hosts many special events providing students, faculty, alumni, and guests opportunities to hear a wide spectrum of viewpoints on the issues that shape our world. 'The Recap' captures important events across our three campuses.

Please visit regularly for summaries, videos, and photos of our world-class events.

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ENGAGING WORLD LEADERS, GROUNDBREAKING INSIGHTS


The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) hosts many special events providing students, faculty, alumni, and guests opportunities to hear a wide spectrum of viewpoints on the issues that shape our world. 'The Recap' captures important events across our three campuses.

Please visit regularly for summaries, videos, and photos of our world-class events.

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An Assessment of Obama’s Long Game


A Conversation with Eliot Cohen and Derek Chollet

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An Assessment of Obama’s Long Game


A Conversation with Eliot Cohen and Derek Chollet

Derek Chollet, Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Eliot Cohen, Director of Strategic Studies and Director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

September 20, 2016

Has the Obama administration succeeded in its plan to reset and rebalance American influence in the Middle East? Will the Iran nuclear deal be judged a success or a failure? What, if anything, exemplifies the foreign policy "grand strategy" of the Obama White House? These questions and more were discussed by Strategic Studies Director Eliot Cohen and author Derek Chollet, who recently published a new book, The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America’s Role in the World (PublicAffairs, June 2016).

Chollet made the case for Obama's foreign policy "long game," asserting that the administration has been willing to make hard policy choices today that can better serve American interests in the long run. Historians will reflect favorably on Obama's foreign policy as positive and influential, Chollet said, even if his job approval ratings have taken a hit during his second term. 

Cohen offered counterpoints for and against the president's strategic successes and shortcomings. The debate provided the audience an invitation to read The Long Game, which Cohen called one of the most eloquent defenses to date of President Obama's foreign policy legacy. 

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Dealing With Systemic Corruption


A Discussion with Francis Fukuyama

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Dealing With Systemic Corruption


A Discussion with Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama, Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow; Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; and Stanford University Professor of Political Science

September 19, 2016

As states attempt to make the difficult transition from patrimonial societies to modern forms of government, the problem of corruption is often the biggest obstacle, said the Foreign Policy Institute's Francis Fukuyama at a discussion hosted by the International Development program. 

Corruption can be overcome, however, through grassroots movements, efficient top-level leadership, and an intellectual movement to guide future policy. Using the nations of Georgia, Indonesia and the United States as case studies, Fukuyama discussed how reforms can be successfully achieved to challenge the status quo of corruption. In each example reforms were pursued in a political process from within the system, a key feature that led Fukuyama to argue that this process cannot be initiated from outside. 

Fukuyama cited Brazil and India as examples of states in different stages of dealing with internal corruption. Both states can overcome their challenges by shifting the focus away from optimal policy designs toward effective and practical reforms, but success will depend on generating strong political will to challenge the status quo.  

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Crisis Stability In Space


China and Other Challenges

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Crisis Stability In Space


China and Other Challenges

Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Bruce MacDonald, Professorial Lecturer in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program
Karl Mueller, Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University and political scientist, RAND Corp.
Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation
Mallory Stewart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges and Defense Policy, U.S. Department of State

September 15, 2016

The Foreign Policy Institute celebrated the launch of its newest study, "Crisis Stability In Space," with a panel discussion of experts in space policy. Bruce MacDonald of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment program highlighted the inherent instability of space as one of its unique challenges, particularly the danger for a potential space war with China. 

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mallory Stewart delivered the keynote address, emphasizing the Obama administration's desire to increase situational awareness and transparency of all actions in space, whether by the United States, foreign countries, or private companies. She also stressed the current active dialogue between the U.S. and China regarding space policies, including the recent agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping about the danger of space debris.

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Justice Samuel Alito Visits The Hopkins-Nanjing Center


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Justice Samuel Alito Visits The Hopkins-Nanjing Center


Samuel Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
September 12, 2016

During his trip to China, Justice Samuel Alito visited the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) to address students about the impact globalizing law has on US law. In addition to his remarks, the Justice took time to respond to student questions, which ranged from establishing global norms of behavior to administrative details and life on the Supreme Court. While in Nanjing, Justice Alito also toured the HNC and met with American Co-Director David Davies and Chinese Co-Director He Chengzhou to learn more about the HNC and its history in China.

The HNC recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with public events on the Nanjing campus. The anniversary celebrations will continue throughout 2016 with additional events planned this fall in Washington, DC and the center's first-ever HNC Giving Week in December to promote alumni participation in giving. Read more about the history of the HNC

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The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House


With Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

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The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House


With Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and to Iraq, former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations

September 7, 2016

At a time of great public debate in the United States about the presence and contributions of immigrants and refugees, the story of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is a remarkable one. Having arrived in the US as an exchange student, Khalilzad went on to play pivotal roles in the relationships between the US, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations—relationships which have become the most important drivers of American foreign policy and the global affairs of our time. 

During the discussion, Ambassador Khalilzad shared stories of his negotiations with tribal leaders in Afghanistan, Shia and Sunni opponents fighting for control of Iraq, and important partners in American diplomacy worldwide. He reflected on the chaotic early days of the ongoing effort to rebuild the Afghanistan government after the US military deposed the Taliban leadership and asserted its control, only weeks after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The US had become reluctant nation-builders, and the challenge would not be easy. Despite gaining recognition with nearly global consensus in the UN, the new Afghanistan government was facing decades of poverty, crumbling infrastructure, poor health outcomes, and lack of development and investment. As the work of rebuilding Afghanistan continues, Ambassador Khalilzad pointed to impressive progress in areas such as education and security which are encouraging the people of the nation to press forward.

Addressing questions from the audience, Ambassador Khalilzad discussed efforts to build inclusive processes for governance in countries that have long histories of division along sectarian, tribal, and political lines. 

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Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom


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Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom


Don Beyer, U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th District
David Chun, Founder and CEO of Equilar
Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg LP
Davida Herzl, CEO of Aclima
Edward Knight, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Nasdaq
Monica Kowal, Vice Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission
William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of Estée Lauder Companies
James McIntire, Washington State Treasurer
Susan Ness, Conference Chair and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations
Brande Stellings, Vice President of Corporate Board Services of Catalyst
Tiger Tyagarajan, President and CEO of Genpact
James White, Former (retired) Chairman and CEO of Jamba Juice

September 7, 2016

Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Center for Transatlantic Relations held the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom in Washington, DC with the theme based on a simple question: Do we need a national campaign for boardroom diversity? The day began with welcoming remarks by Dean Vali Nasr and Conference Chair Susan Ness, followed by a series of panel discussions.

David Chun of Equilar argued his case for a national campaign noting that research shows boards with members bringing different backgrounds and perspectives result in better work and a better product. Brande Stellings of Catalyst cited her firm's research showing that although the benefits of diversity have been well established for over a decade, there has been very little advancement in boardroom diversity over the same period. She supported the call for a national campaign to promote change in corporate leadership.

U.S. Representative Don Beyer shared remarks on legislation he introduced in Congress to improve boardroom diversity. Beyer said he believes strongly that economic empowerment of women is integral to realizing society’s full economic potential.

Bloomberg Chairman Peter Grauer gave insights from his experiences in corporate America, including his advocacy for and leadership of the US Chapter of the 30 Percent Club, which proposes that once there are 30 percent or more female directors on a company's board, it will see significantly better performance. Given the highly competitive climate in today’s business world and the so called “global war for talent,” Grauer said it is extremely important for leading companies to seek out the best people to maximize output and profits. 

The conference continued with the perspectives and acumen of leaders in the initiative for women in the boardroom, including Davida Herzi of Aclima, Monica Kowall of the Ontario Securities Commission, William Lauder of Estee Lauder Companies, Tiger Tyagarajan of Genpact, and James White of Jamba Juice. Many common themes arose, including transparency, forward-looking goals, and the use of peer pressure to create change. Participants called for a more productive trajectory towards gender parity and ethnic and racial parity in the boardroom.

Videos

Introduction

 

Panel 1: Do We Need a National Campaign for Boardroom Diversity?

 

U.S. Congressman Don Beyer

 

Corporate Keynote: Peter Grauer

 

Panel 2: Where Change Starts the Role of Venture Capital in Influencing the Public Companies of Tomorrow

 

Panel 3: Advice From the Campaign Trail

 
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By Speaker


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Paul Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG

Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission

Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State (Hopkins-Nanjing Center Convocation, June 18, 2016 and Rethinking Regional Security, October 22, 2015)

Samuel Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

General John Rutherford Allen, former Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan; former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

Bertrand Badré, Managing Director and CFO of the World Bank Group

Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation

Daniel Barnett, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Priya Basu, Manager, Development Finance, The World Bank

Don Beyer, U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th District

Bill Bishop, Writer, The Sinocism China Newsletter

Maria Elena Boschi, Italian Minister of Constitutional Reform and Relations with Parliament

John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency

William J. Burns, President of Carnegie Endowment

Dennis Carroll, Director, Global Health Security and Development, Bureau for Global Health, USAID

Amy Celico, Principal, Albright, Stonebridge Group

Martin Cerisola, Assistant Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund

Nadereh Chamlou, International Development Advisor

Ling Chen, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Derek Chollet, Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

David Chun, Founder and CEO of Equilar

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health

Celeste Connors, Associate Practitioner in Residence, Energy, Resources, and Environment Program

H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S.

Nikhil da Victoria Lobo, Senior Vice President, Head Global Partnerships Americas, Swiss Re

Uri Dadush, Senior Associate and Director of the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center, Rabat Morocco

Ronald J. Daniels, President of The Johns Hopkins University

Chen Deming, President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and former Minister of Commerce for the People's Republic of China

Roger Diwan, Vice President, IHS Financial Services

David Dollar, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution

Ambassador Eric Edelman, Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Gady Epstein, Media Editor at The Economist

Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University

Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, IMF

Adam Garfinkle, Editor, The American Interest

Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International

Jeremy Goldkorn, Founder and Director of Danwei

Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg LP

Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor

Penda Hair, Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Advancement Project

Birgit Hansl, Lead Economist and Program Leader for the Russian Federation at the World Bank

General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA

Davida Herzl, CEO of Aclima

Carla Hills, Chairman and CEO, Hills and Company

Aasim M. Husain, Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund

Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School

Kenneth M. Jacobs, CEO of Lazard

Chen Jun, President of Nanjing University

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and to Iraq, former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Edward Knight, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Nasdaq

Senator Menno Knip, Chair, Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations

Monica Kowal, Vice Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission

Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business

David M. Lampton, George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Nicholas Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics

William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of Estée Lauder Companies

Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon

Roger Leeds, Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Richard Lugar, former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Michael Lynton, CEO Sony Entertainment, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow Center for Middle East Policy and Energy Security and Climate Initiative, The Brookings Institution

Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Catherine L. Mann, OECD Chief Economist

James McIntire, Washington State Treasurer

Liu Mingkang, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Former Chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission

Susan Ness, Conference Chair and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations

Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta

Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Evan Osnos, Staff Writer for The New Yorker

Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs

Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO of HBO

Kenneth Pollack, Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Trudy Rubin, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Paolo Scaroni, Deputy Chairman of the Rothschild Group

Jacquelyn Serwer, Chief Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jean-Francois Seznec, Scholar, Middle East Institute and Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2016 Commencement speaker)

Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration

Randa Slim, Director for Track II Initiatives at the Middle East Institute and Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Martin Sommer, Deputy Chief, Middle East and Central Asia Regional Studies Division, International Monetary Fund

Brande Stellings, Vice President of Corporate Board Services of Catalyst

Steve Strongin, Head of Global Investment Research, Goldman Sachs

Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University

Reka Szemerkenyi, Ambassador of Hungary

Hung Tran, Executive Managing Director, Institute of International Finance

Tiger Tyagarajan, President and CEO of Genpact

James White, Former (retired) Chairman and CEO of Jamba Juice

Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of Ancora Group and former Republic of Indonesia Minister of Trade

Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany

Shahid Yusuf, Chief Economist, International Growth Center, and Johns Hopkins SAIS Adjunct Professor

Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund