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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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A Presentation on Northern European Security


A Presentation on Northern European Security


His Excellency Peter Hultqvist, Minister for Defense of Sweden
Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, SAIS
Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS

May 16, 2017

His Excellency Peter Hultqvist joined the Johns Hopkins SAIS community for a discussion on European security and transatlantic relations. Hultqvist gave an overview of longstanding ties between the US and Sweden, noting that the nations share a commitment to respect for human rights, democracy, and the international order established after World War II.

Sweden has undertaken many responsibilities for the global good, Hultqvist said. The nation is currently working to deepen its international relationships and upgrade its military capabilities in order to protect stability in the region. European cooperation on security was dealt a setback when Russia annexed Crimea and began stirring conflict in Ukraine, he said. Russia's increased military activity in the Arctic is also putting pressure on its neighbors.

Hal Brands of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs asked if Russian incursions would convince Sweden to formally join NATO, to which Hultqvist argued that growing NATO would upset the balance of power and provoke Russia into more aggression. Vali Nasr asked for the Swedish perspective on the fight against ISIS and the challenge of integrating refugees in Europe. Hultqvist explained Sweden's contributions to the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and highlighted Sweden's leadership in the resettlement of refugees from Syria. Additional questions touched on cybersecurity and the Arctic Council. 

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Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom


With Condoleezza Rice

Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom


With Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice, Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy, Stanford University, former US Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor
Moderated by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute       

May 12, 2017

Author and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited the Johns Hopkins SAIS community to discuss international affairs and share insights from her new book, "Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom."

Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli moderated the off-the-record discussion, which touched on the efforts and specific challenges for advancing democracy in nations at vastly different stages of development. The main theme of the book explains that the perfect conditions for creating democracy never exist in the real world. The transition process will be different in each country because each starts from a different place.

Questions from the audience explored the current conditions in Ukraine, Cuba, Colombia, Russia, and China. Rice shared her insights on the paths forward for these nations and the potential barriers to overcome.

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The Future of Liberalism in Europe


Taking Stock After the French Election

The Future of Liberalism in Europe


Taking Stock After the French Election

Catherine Fieschi, Senior Contributor, Macro Advisory Partners
Ambassador Daniel Fried, former Senior Career Diplomat, US Department of State
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institute
James Traub, Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
Moderated by Antony Blinken, Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and and Managing Director of
Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement          

May 11, 2017

Foreign policy experts suggested that French voters made a statement by rejecting nationalism and electing centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron to the presidency May 8. The result represented a strong French endorsement for the EU and globalization at a time when voters in Britain, the US, and throughout Europe have admonished their own political elites in a populist uprising. Panelists at Johns Hopkins SAIS discussed Macron's victory and what it means for the future of liberalism in Europe.

Antony Blinken explained the political divide as a matter of protectionism versus openness. Catherine Fieschi noted the Macron victory is an important signal to the rest of Europe, but is by no means decisive and the struggle for liberalism will continue. Constanze Stelzenmüller contrasted the Macron victory to the recent Dutch election in which the liberal candidate also won but used a hefty dose of populist rhetoric. The most important lesson, Stelzenmüller said, is that even when populists lose elections or fail to fix the problems they campaigned against, they have succeeded in permanently changing the debate.

Ambassador Daniel Fried said Macron's victory gives liberal parties a chance to come back, but only if they seize the opportunity. The rise of populism should be expected considering the economic struggles that have persisted, he said. James Traub stated that it is too easy for those in a place of privilege to judge others and we must keep in mind that many of these people have a profound sense of dislocation and anxiety about their place in the world. In Europe especially, Traub said, the problem of integration is a huge issue and that even if nations succeed economically, these identity problems will still be difficult to resolve.

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Which Europe After the French Election?


QUALE EUROPA DOPO LE ELEZIONI FRANCESI?

Which Europe After the French Election?


QUALE EUROPA DOPO LE ELEZIONI FRANCESI?

Marc Lazar, Professor of history and political sociology at Sciences-Po Paris and LUISS
Romano Prodi, Former President of the European Commission
Matteo Renzi, Former Prime Minister of Italy
Moderated by Andrea Goldstein, Director of Nomisma
Introduction by Michael G. Plummer, Director of SAIS Europe and ENI Professor of International Economics  

May 12, 2017

Scholar Marc Lazar was joined by two former Italian prime ministers, Romano Prodi and Matteo Renzi, at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe for a public debate on the French Presidential elections. The panelists discussed if the new tenant of the Élysée Palace will be able to relaunch the process of political and economic integration in the European Union. They also offered insights about what the election of Emmanuel Macron means for Italy, where social divisions and skepticism toward the elite is on the rise. The panelists remain cautiously optimistic for the future of the Franco-German relationship as they await the elections for the National Assembly in June. It remains to be seen if Macron’s year-old party La République en Marche! (The Republic on the Move!) will be able to garner enough support to govern or if Mr. Macron will have to preside over a minority government or form a coalition.

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Cultural Diplomacy


Cultural Diplomacy


Midori, UN Messenger of Peace, Distinguished Professor of Violin, Founder of Midori & Friends, Music Sharing, and Partners in Performance
Jeffrey Brez, Chief of NGO Relations, Advocacy, and Special Events at the United Nations
Ashlee George, Executive Director of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project
Evan Ryan, Executive Vice President of Axios
Moderated by Kent E. Calder, Professor and Director of Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

May 8, 2017

The Peabody Institute and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean's Forum came together to co-host an intriguing panel discussion with experts on cultural diplomacy.

Midori, a renowned violinist and UN Messenger of Peace, shared from her community outreach experience to explain how culture and music can become tools for diplomacy, especially when political engagement may not be possible. Music speaks to the curiosity of people and helps them explore the world outside their own neighborhood, she said. Jeff Brez of the UN cited examples of the organization's engagement with sitcoms and films to promote awareness about UN projects, including the UN Messengers of Peace initiative.

Ashlee George discussed the contributions of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which works to stop the spread of HIV-AIDS throughout the continent. Former State Department official Evan Ryan spoke from the perspective of the US State Department and explained how jazz and sports diplomacy has worked as a soft power tool for the US government in the past. Miss Ryan went on to express that the world is now opening up to American culture and this has opened diplomatic windows for the government to leverage. However, she cautioned that the government must be strategic in deploying and exporting cultural influence.

The discussion was followed by a brief question and answer round where the audience posed questions onensuring funding for cultural diplomacy programs, avoiding cultural hegemony, and the scope for public-private partnerships in this field.

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A Valueless Foreign Policy


Can it be American?

A Valueless Foreign Policy


Can it be American?

Roger Cohen, Journalist, Columnist and Author of the NY Times and International NYTimes
Moderated by Maureen White, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute

May 2, 2017

On the heels of the president’s first 100 days in office, journalist, columnist, and author Roger Cohen, visited the school’s Washington, DC campus to discuss American foreign policy in the Trump Administration. Mr. Cohen asserted that American foreign policy separated from democratic ideals cannot persist in representing American values. He expressed concern over President Trump’s rhetoric against alliances, the significant budget cuts for the State Department, and the absence of strategy in Syria. Mr. Cohen remarked that President Trump will likely not change his zero-sum view of international trade or his disdain for alliances because the president has held these opinions for decades. He posited that if Trump had been in office at the time, the Marshall plan and the US-Japan alliance would be inconceivable. His prepared remarks were followed by a discussion with Maureen White, Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. Discussion points ranged from the meaning of the travel ban to the French national election.

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Advancing Canada's Interests and Defending Canadian Values in the United States


2017 Thomas O. Enders Memorial Lecture on U.S.-Canadian Relations

Advancing Canada's Interests and Defending Canadian Values in the United States


2017 Thomas O. Enders Memorial Lecture on U.S.-Canadian Relations

The Honorable Andrew Leslie, Member of Parliament for Orleans and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada-United States Relations
Moderated by Christopher Sands, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies

May 2, 2017

The United States remains Canada’s most important ally, according to The Honorable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada-United States Relations. In a private talk at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Leslie discussed US-Canada relations as he gave the Thomas O. Enders Memorial Lecture, focusing on how the relationship will change under the Trump administration and modes of future cooperation between the two allies.

Leslie focused his talk primarily on trade, noting that the American and Canadian economies are highly intertwined as a result of NAFTA and massive trade flows between the two. He focused on the many ways in which Canadians and Americans benefit from cross border flows of goods and people, highlighting that it allows prices to remain low for consumers and producers to structure processes across the border, while both Canadian and American firms operate on either side of the border. Leslie also talked about how shared geography, history, and cultural similarities also bind the two nations. Therefore, the relationship merits further study and attention.

The talk concluded with broader comments on US-Canadian cooperation in security matters. Questions from the audience delved into environmental policy, free trade, and migration issues.

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Big Data Insights on the US Economy


Big Data Insights on the US Economy


Diana Farrell, Founding President and CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Institute
Moderated by John Lipsky, Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute

May 1, 2017

Diana Farrell, Founding President and CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Institute visited Johns Hopkins SAIS to discuss how big data can be used to translate the daily activities of Americans to better explain trends in income and consumption volatility, the online platform economy, and local consumer commerce.

Farrell pointed to three areas that the JPMorgan Chase Institute has used big data: the economic and financial well-being of American families; the impact of the "gig economy" and internet-based platforms; and how local consumer commerce has been affected by the growth of online businesses. Finally, Farrell stressed that big data has the potential to be an important resource for furthering the public good and enhancing perspectives of the US economy. 

Farrell’s presentation was followed by a discussion moderated by John Lipsky, Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. The two discussed topics ranging from online commerce to unemployment, and briefly considered how government officials may begin to make use of such data. The event ended with a Q&A session from the audience, in which students and community members asked questions about specific data points, and further addressed the role of big data in politics. 

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A Conversation with Anne Hillerman


Best-selling author of Song of the Lion

A Conversation with Anne Hillerman


Best-selling author of Song of the Lion

Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of Song of the Lion
Moderated by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute

April 27, 2017

Anne Hillerman has been honored and delighted to continue the mystery series created in 1970 by her father, Tony Hillerman. She debuted with Spider Woman’s Daughter, which follows the further adventures of the characters her father made famous, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. She has just released her third book in the series, Song of the Lion, which became a New York Times bestseller. One of the inspirations for this work was her enthusiasm for creating a leading female character in the mystery genre. Hillerman also said that rescuing one of the characters, police officer Bernadette Manuelito, from relative obscurity and placing her into the leading role helped to make the series her own.

She shared key influences that developed her writing and imagination including her childhood – she grew up in a big family, in which reading and story writing was always encouraged and nurtured by her parents. Her research and visits to the places she writes about also inspire her books, which are located in around New Mexico and take the readers to various Native American reservations surrounding it. She also listed her mother and writer friends as important sources of artistic appraisal and encouragement, thanking them for their wise and gentle critique.

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Securing a Sustainable Future


2017 Global Women in Leadership Conference

Securing a Sustainable Future


2017 Global Women in Leadership Conference

Keynote speakers
Eleanor Blomstrom, Co-Director, Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
Rachel Kyt, Special Representative, the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All

Panelists
Lorena Aguila, Senior Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Chizuru Aoki, Lead Environmental Specialist at Global Environment Facility
Lauren Burnhill, Managing Director at One Planet Ventures
Moushumi Chaudhury, Associate, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute
Kathryn Farley, Research Associate, Gender, Economic Empowerment, and Livelihoods, The International Center for Research on Women
Virginia Gorsevski, Programme Officer, Scientific and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Fund (GEF)
Sasha Gottlieb, Senior Program Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Services
Anne Kuriakose, Senior Social Development Specialist, Climate Investment Funds, World Bank Group
Melody McCoy, Vice President of Global Engagement and Communications, Jhpiego
Irving Mintzer, Managing Director and Chief Strategist at the Potomac Energy Fund and Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Research Scholar at Johns Hopkins SAIS
Jacqueline Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Deborah Rubin, Co-Director at Cultural Practice, LLC
Stacy Swann, CEO and Founding Partner at Climate Finance Advisors
Virginia Volpe, Managing Director at SS&C Technologies

April 21, 2017

On April 21, Johns Hopkins SAIS hosted the 2017 SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference examining the asymmetric impact of environmental change on women around the world and the ways in which women’s leadership can be leveraged to develop a sustainable future.

The conference’s first keynote speaker was Rachel Kyte, who previously led efforts at the World Bank Group to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She emphasized that the evidence and the data is very clear about the challenges of climate change, and that the transition we need to engineer is technically feasible. However, there needs to be an emotion that accompanies data and evidence to create the political will to act. Therefore, her work focuses on telling stories about how a world of environmentally sustainable solutions would look like.   

The first panel focused on the uneven impacts of climate change. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change, therefore it is often women who spearhead innovation in the field. The panelists focused on how to integrate new technologies in the development of solutions to mitigate climate change. Watch the first panel at . 

Over lunch, the conference featured an expo for women entrepreneurs who work on sustainable development. The Expo featured Esther Ngumbi, founder of Oyeska Greens, a start-up aiming to revolutionize agriculture on the Kenyan Coast; Samantha Wang, co-founder of Bright Energy Africa, a social venture aiming to bring affordable, clean energy to Tanzania; and Mansi Prakash, founder of  Brighter Today, that aims to bring cost-effective, eco-friendly light bulbs.

The second keynote speaker was WEDO's Eleanor Blomstrom, focusing on the systemic barriers which women face worldwide, and which make them more vulnerable to climate change. These need to be acknowledged in order to find appropriate solutions. 

Additional panels centered on women’s professional development as approached from women in different fields, ranging from development to government, and financing gender-inclusive climate change solutions.

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A Conversation on Building Europe's Future


With His Excellency Wolfgang Schäuble

A Conversation on Building Europe's Future


With His Excellency Wolfgang Schäuble

Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance, Germany
Moderated by John Lipsky, Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute

April 20, 2017

With euroscepticism and anti-globalism on the rise, His Excellency Wolfgang Schäuble met with students, faculty, alumni, and guests to discuss the way forward to a stronger future for the European project.

Schäuble began with context on the European political developments and argued that the challenges of globalization make unilateral regulations obsolete—cooperation is critical. He contended that despite its complexity, the EU is by far the most advanced model for global governance and it deserves further enhancement.

He acknowledged the role that social media has played in contributing to people's defensive reactions to the changing demographics around them and their increased demand for national identity. However, he emphasized the need for nations to work together to solve complex issues of migration, security, economics, and monetary policy, noting the current refugee situation is merely a harbinger of the problems to come, unless stability can be brought to the Middle East region. For the security of Europe, a uniformed regime for external borders is crucial, he said.

Schäuble concluded with the necessity of reforms to enhance productivity and global competitiveness for European nations, noting that implementing such reforms may not be pleasant in the short-term. He was optimistic that tighter cooperation within Europe and with America can be achieved.

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The 4th Industrial Revolution


Opportunities and Challenges

The 4th Industrial Revolution


Opportunities and Challenges

José M. González-Páramo, Executive Board Member of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA)
Moderated by John Lipsky, Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute

April 19th, 2017

By now the disruptive power of the internet has been harnessed by today's businesses, however, the wide application and diffusion of technology are the new driving forces behind the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" according to BBVA's José González-Páramo. The distinctive features of this revolution include the pace of new technological advancements, changes in consumption patterns, and new business models, González-Páramo said.

Hyper-connectivity and mobile technology are especially important to this trend. The "internet of things" has allowed massive amounts of data to be collected and analyzed. Increasing automation and artificial intelligence will redefine the connections between humans and machines, González-Páramo explained. Meanwhile, consumer demand for non-stop, multi-channel access to services have led them to expect a personalized experience and to value quality over loyalty.      

González-Páramo acknowledged that new opportunities come with new challenges, including the associated costs of data protection and cyber crime, and the potential job loss if human employees are replaced by artificial intelligence. Despite the challenges, he assured the audience that never has he known a society to be better off by stopping technological progress.

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The Political Economy of Gender in Africa


Featuring author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Political Economy of Gender in Africa


Featuring author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie JHU '03, award-winning novelist
Moderated by Chiedo Nwankwor, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer

April 14, 2017

Celebrated author and advocate for rights of women and underrepresented people worldwide Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discussed feminism and culture as part of a conference hosted by the African Studies Program: "The Political Economy of Gender and Women’s Empowerment in Africa." The conference also featured speeches by Her Excellency Professor Hassana Alidou, Niger's Ambassador to the US, and Inyang Ebong-Harstrup, Deputy Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

Chiedo Nwankwor began the conversation with a few questions about the perceptions and social roles of women in the US, Nigeria, and the Nigerian diaspora. Adichie said it is difficult for a woman to come to the US from Nigeria on a journey to find herself, only to discover she is still defined and limited by her domestic identity.

Readers of her latest book Americanah asked what were the key lessons Adichie wanted people to take away from this novel. The book's most important points were the complexity of African experiences and the necessity of kindness, Adichie said.            

Asked to elaborate on a recent comment about the dangers marriage poses for women, Adichie said the institution of marriage is a source of joy and partnership, but a woman must be clear that her rights are at risk if it is not established at the beginning that compromise is for both partners. For the marriage to be equal it has to start with the woman mattering equally, she said. Similarly, Adichie referred to a distinction among feminist theory between those trapped by the "glass ceiling" and those struggling at the "crumbling floor." Conversations must be had about both issues because for people who have access, the ceiling is the problem, while those same people are unaware of the problems experienced by women who lack access and empowerment.

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By Speaker


By Speaker


Paul Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG
The Future of the Global Economy, March 2, 2016

Priya Agrawal, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers
Access to a Healthier World: Sustaining Women, Communities and Our Future, April 15,2016

Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund
After Sanctions: Challenges Facing the Iranian Economy, February 17, 2016

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission
Global Governance: An Assessment, April 20, 2016

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
Justice Samuel Alito Visits the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, September 12, 2016

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
The Evolution Of ISIL, December 9, 2015

Rodney Andrews, Harvard University Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar, Assistant Professor of economics at University of Texas, Dallas
Race, Education, and the Labor Market: Where Do We Go From Here?, February 14, 2017

Lady Catherine Ashton, Baroness of Upholland, life peer in the House of Lords and former EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Women's Leadership and the New World (Dis)Order, April 10, 2017

Bertrand Badré, Managing Director and CFO of the World Bank Group
Restructuring Finance For The Global Economy, November 12, 2015

Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation
Launching The Women's Leadership Initiative, December 17, 2015

Daniel Barnett, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Pandemics In A Changing Climate, April 26, 2016

Priya Basu, Manager, Development Finance, The World Bank
Pandemics In A Changing Climate, April 26, 2016

Lora Berg '84, Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Senior Foreign Service Officer (ret.)
Who's Coming to the Embassy Tonight?, February 13, 2017

Don Beyer, U.S. Representative for Virginia's 8th District
SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, President of the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies
Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, February 2, 2017

Federiga Bindi, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations and Director of Foreign Policy Initiative at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Women's Leadership and the New World (Dis)Order, April 10, 2017

Bill Bishop, Writer, The Sinocism China Newsletter
The China Exit Interview, February 3, 2016

Antony Blinken, Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar, former United States Deputy Secretary of State and former Deputy National Security Advisor
US-Asia Relations: Past and Future, March 31, 2017

Maria Elena Boschi, Italian Minister of Constitutional Reform and Relations with Parliament
Constitutional Reforms In Italy, February 19, 2016

Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force, February 3, 2017

John Brennan, Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Against The Dark Arts With CIA Director Brennan, March 23, 2016

Tina Brown, Founder and CEO of Tina Brown Media
Women Leaders Making A Difference On the Global Stage, October 12, 2016

William J. Burns, President of Carnegie Endowment
A Conversation With William J. Burns, November 17, 2015

Dennis Carroll, Director, Global Health Security and Development, Bureau for Global Health, USAID
Pandemics In A Changing Climate, April 26, 2016

Amy Celico, Principal, Albright, Stonebridge Group
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

Martin Cerisola, Assistant Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund
After Sanctions: Challenges Facing The Iranian Economy, February 17, 2016

Nadereh Chamlou, International Development Advisor
After Sanctions: Challenges Facing The Iranian Economy, February 17, 2016

Ling Chen, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

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
An Assessment of Obama's Long Game, September 20, 2016

David Chun, Founder and CEO of Equilar
Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health
Access to a Healthier World: Sustaining Women, Communities, and Our Future, April 15, 2016

Eliot A. Cohen, Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force, February 3, 2017

Roger Cohen, Journalist, Columnist and Author of the NY Times and International NYTimes
A Valueless Foreign Policy: Can it be American? May 2, 2017

Celeste Connors, Associate Practitioner in Residence, Energy, Resources, and Environment Program
Pandemics In A Changing Climate, April 26, 2016

H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S.
Philippines 2016: Governance, Growth, Development and Security

James Cunningham, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan
The Future of Afghanistan and the Region in the New US Administration, January 9, 2017

Nikhil da Victoria Lobo, Senior Vice President, Head Global Partnerships Americas, Swiss Re
Pandemics In A Changing Climate, April 26, 2016

Uri Dadush, Senior Associate and Director of the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center, Rabat Morocco
IMF Long Term Prospects Growth Prospects For The Middle East, March 22, 2016

Ronald J. Daniels, President of The Johns Hopkins University
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 17-19, 2016

Kent Davis-Packard, Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and American Foreign Policy
Who's Coming to the Embassy Tonight?, February 13, 2017

Chen Deming, President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and former Minister of Commerce for the People's Republic of China
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 17-19, 2016

Rust Deming, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

Roger Diwan, Vice President, IHS Financial Services
Learning To Live With Cheaper Oil, June 8, 2016

David Dollar, Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

Ambassador Eric Edelman, Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force, February 3, 2017
Mission Failure: America And The World In The Post-Cold War Era, April 4, 2016

Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
The UN In The New Global Landscape, November 5, 2015

Berit Enge, Correspondent, High North News
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?  April 3, 2017

Gady Epstein, Media Editor at The Economist
The China Exit Interview, February 3, 2016

Diana Farrell, Founding President and CEO of the JPMorgan Chase Institute
Big Data Insights on the Economy, May 1, 2017

Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University
Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist, December 9, 2015

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr, President and CEO of TIAA
A Conversation with TIAA CEO Roger W. Ferguson, Jr, February 3, 2017

Catherine Fieschi, Senior Contributor, Macro Advisory Partners
The Future of Liberalism in Europe, May 11, 2017

Vice Admiral Michael T. Franken, Deputy Commander for Military Operations, US Africa Command (AFRICOM)
The Challenge of Security and Development in Africa, February 27, 2017

Ambassador Daniel Fried, former Senior Career Diplomat, US Department of State
The Future of Liberalism in Europe, May 11, 2017

Ambassador Laurie S. Fulton, Chair of Global Engagement for Meridian Board of Trustees and former US Ambassador to Denmark
Who's Coming to the Embassy Tonight?, February 13, 2017

Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, IMF
IMF's Long Term Growth Prospects For The Middle East And Central Asia, March 22, 2016

Adam Garfinkle, Editor, The American Interest
Mission Failure: America And The World In The Post-Cold War Era, April 4, 2016

Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International
The EU Migration Crisis, October 8, 2015
New Challenges for the Refugee Regime, February 7, 2017

Galia Golan, Darwin Professor emerita, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Negotiation Opportunities and the Challenges Ahead, February 27, 2017

Jeremy Goldkorn, Founder and Director of Danwei
The China Exit Interview, February 3, 2016

Jennifer Gootman, Vice President of Social Consciousness and Innovation at West Elm
International Development and Supply Chain Innovation: A West Elm Case Study, March 15, 2017

Peter Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg LP
Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor
Middle East Strategy Task Force: Rethinking Regional Security, October 22, 2015

Penda Hair, Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Advancement Project
Race, Class and Community: Democratizing Higher Education, February 16, 2016

Birgit Hansl, Lead Economist and Program Leader for the Russian Federation at the World Bank
Russia's Long Journey to Economic Recovery, May 6, 2016

General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA
A Conversation with General Michael Hayden, April 4, 2017
Middle East Strategy Task Force: Rethinking Regional Security, October 22, 2015

Davida Herzl, CEO of Aclima
Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Former Director of the Peace Corps
Lessons From the Last Mile: Reflections on a Career Shaped by the Peace Corps, February 15, 2017

Judge (retired) Alice Hill, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?  April 3, 2017

Anne Hillerman, author of Song of the Lion
A Conversation with Anne Hillerman, April 27, 2017

Carla Hills, Chairman and CEO, Hills and Company
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

Yuichi Hosoya, Professor, Keio University
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

His Excellency Peter Hultqvist, Minister of Defense for Sweden
A Presentation on Northern European Security, May 16, 2017

Aasim M. Husain, Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund
Learning To Live With Cheaper Oil, June 8, 2016

Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School
Race, Class and Community: Democratizing Higher Education, February 16, 2016

Kenneth M. Jacobs, CEO of Lazard
Restructuring Finance For The Global Economy, October 1, 2015

Ambassador Deborah Jones, former US Ambassador to Kuwait and Libya
A Conversation With Ambassador Deborah Jones, March 6, 2017

Chen Jun, President of Nanjing University
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th Anniversary Celebration, June 17-19, 2016

Matake Kamiya, Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

Yoichi Kato, Senior Research Fellow, Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?  April 3, 2017

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan and to Iraq, former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations
The Envoy: From Kabul To The White House, September 7, 2016

Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
Middle East Strategy Task Force: Rethinking Regional Security, October 22, 2015

Jeni Klugman, Adjunct Lecturer of International Development at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Senior Adviser, Gender at World Bank
Nothing for Women Without Women: Raising Voices for Change, April 12, 2017

Edward Knight, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Nasdaq
Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Senator Menno Knip, Chair, Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations
A Roundtable Discussion With NATO Parliamentarians, May 9, 2016

Monica Kowal, Vice Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission
Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business
Global Governance: An Assessment, April 20, 2016

David M. Lampton, George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

Nicholas Lardy, Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of Estée Lauder Companies
Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Responding to Lebanon's Syrian Refugee Crisis, June 24, 2016

Roger Leeds, Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

The Honorable Andrew Leslie, Member of Parliament for Orleans and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada-United States Relations
Advancing Canada's Interests and Defending Canadian Values in the United States, May 2, 2017

Michael Lovenheim, Associate Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornel University
Race, Education, and the Labor Market: Where Do We Go From Here?, February 14, 2017

Richard Lugar, former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Philippines 2016: Governance, Growth, Development, and Security, April 28, 2016

Ambassador Princeton Lyman, Senior Adviser to the President, U.S. Institute of Peace
Negotiation Opportunities and the Challenges Ahead, February 27, 2017

Michael Lynton, CEO Sony Entertainment, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment
A Conversation with Michael Lynton, October 19, 2015

Thomas Mahnken, Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force, February 3, 2017

Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow Center for Middle East Policy and Energy Security and Climate Initiative, The Brookings Institution
After Sanctions: Challenges Facing the Iranian Economy, February 17, 2016

Michael Mandelbaum, Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Mission Failure: America And The World In The Post Cold-World Era, April 4, 2016

Catherine L. Mann, OECD Chief Economist
The Future Of Productivity, November 26, 2015

Robert Manning, Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

James McIntire, Washington State Treasurer
Global Conference on Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Liu Mingkang, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Former Chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
Nothing for Women Without Women: Raising Voices for Change, April 12, 2017

Seth Andre Myers, Senior Fellow, The Arctic Institute
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?  April 3, 2017

Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of Pepsico Latin America
Latin America As An Emerging Market, October 21, 2016

Vali Nasr, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Negotiation Opportunities and the Challenges Ahead, February 27, 2017

Susan Ness, Conference Chair and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations
Global Conference On Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Frederic Neumann '00, PhD '05, Co-Head Of Asian Economic Research and Managing Director, Global Research, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC)
A Conversation on Asia's Economic Challenges, February 13, 2017

Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley At The 2016 Enders Lecture, April 28, 2016

Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates Permanent Representative to the United Nations
A Conversation With Lana Nusseibeh, May 2, 2016

Chiedo Nwankor, Visiting Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer
The Point of Intersection: Hillary Clinton, Beyonce, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, February 24, 2017

Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Head of Representation, Greenland Representation
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?

Evan Osnos, Staff Writer for The New Yorker
The China Exit Interview, February 3, 2016

Ambassador Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs
U.S. Policy Towards the Middle East, September 17, 2015

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Vice Chairman, Hills & Company
Negotiation Opportunities and the Challenges Ahead, February 27, 2017

Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO of HBO
A Conversation with HBO Richard Plepler, March 10, 2016

Kenneth Pollack, Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Middle East Strategy Task Force: Rethinking Regional Security, October 22, 2015

James Przystup, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research, National Defense University
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

Matteo Renzi, former Prime Minister of Italy
Which Europe After the French Election?, May 12, 2017
A Conversation with Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, October 19, 2016

Condoleezza Rice, Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy, Stanford University, former US Secretary of State and former National Security Advisor
Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, May 12, 2017

Anne C. Richard, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration
New Challenges for the Refugee Regime, February 7, 2017

A William M. Rodgers III, Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University
Race, Education, and the Labor Market: Where Do We Go From Here?, February 14, 2017

Olafr Røsnes, Energy Counselor, Embassy of Norway
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?  April 3, 2017

Trudy Rubin, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mission Failure: America And The World In The Post-Cold War Era, April 4, 2016

Paolo Scaroni, Deputy Chairman of the Rothschild Group
Emerging Trends In Global Energy, October 21, 2015

Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Minister of Finance, Germany
A Conversation on Building Europe's Future, April 20, 2017

James Schoff, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP)
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

Mine Z. Senses, Associate Professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS
Race, Education, and the Labor Market: Where Do We Go From Here?, February 14, 2017

Jacquelyn Serwer, Chief Curator, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
A Place To Remember, Commemorate and Celebrate, February 24, 2016

Jean-Francois Seznec, Scholar, Middle East Institute and Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Learning To Live With Cheaper Oil, June 8, 2016

Jessica Shadian, Senior Fellow, University of Toronto
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2016 Commencement speaker)
Celebrating The Class of 2016, May 19, 2016

Teri Shultz, reporter covering the EU for NPR, CBS Radio, and Deutsche Welle
Women's Leadership and the New World (Dis)Order, April 10, 2017

Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration
EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2017, January 5, 2017
EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016, June 28, 2016

Aaretti Siitonen, First Secretary, Embassy of Finland
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?

Randa Slim, Director for Track II Initiatives at the Middle East Institute and Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Responding To Lebanon's Syrian Refugee Crisis, June 24, 2016

Martin Sommer, Deputy Chief, Middle East and Central Asia Regional Studies Division, International Monetary Fund
Learning To Live With Cheaper Oil, June 8, 2016

Brande Stellings, Vice President of Corporate Board Services of Catalyst
Global Conference on Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Constanze Stelzenmüller, Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institute
The Future of Liberalism in Europe, May 11, 2017

Steve Strongin, Head of Global Investment Research, Goldman Sachs
A Conversation With Steve Strongin Of Goldman Sachs, March 4, 2016

Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University
Rostov Lecture on International Affairs with Dr. Lawrence Summers, February 10, 2016

Nicholas Szechenyi, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

Reka Szemerkenyi, Ambassador of Hungary
The EU Migration Crisis, October 8th, 2015

Akio Takahara, Professor, University of Tokyo
The Way Ahead: The US-Japan Relationship Under the Trump-Abe Administrations, January 6, 2017

Minjon Tholen, Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, Cook Ross
Who's Coming to the Embassy Tonight?, February 13, 2017

Mischa Thompson, Policy Advisor, U.S. Helsinki Commission
Who's Coming to the Embassy Tonight?, February 13, 2017

Rear Admiral (retired) David Titley, Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?  April 3, 2017

Hung Tran, Executive Managing Director, Institute of International Finance
IMF's Long Term Growth Prospects For The Middle East And Central Asia, March 22, 2016

James Traub, Senior Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
The Future of Liberalism in Europe, May 11, 2017

Tiger Tyagarajan, President and CEO of Genpact
Global Conference on Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Fran Ulmer, Chair, US Arctic Research Commission
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?  April 3, 2017

Scott Warden, Director of the United States Institute of Peace
The Future of Afghanistan and the Region in the New US Administration, January 9, 2017

Earl Anthony Wayne, former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic & Business Affairs
The Future of Afghanistan and the Region in the New US Administration, January 9, 2017

Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
New Challenges for the Refugee Regime, February 7, 2017

James White, Former (retired) Chairman and CEO of Jamba Juice
Global Conference on Women In The Boardroom, September 7, 2016

Maureen White, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute
New Challenges for the Refugee Regime, February 7, 2017

Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of Ancora Group and former Republic of Indonesia Minister of Trade
Prospects For An Economic Growth Rebound In Southeast Asia, April 12, 2016

Peter Wittig, Ambassador of Germany
The EU Migration Crisis, October 8th, 2015

Ambassador Ken Yalowitz, Director, Georgetown MSFS Conflict Resolution Program
Arctic Security Conference: Hot Spot or Cold Front?

Shahid Yusuf, Chief Economist, International Growth Center, and Johns Hopkins SAIS Adjunct Professor
China's New Economic Plans, March 29, 2016

I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution
Negotiation Opportunities and the Challenges Ahead, February 27, 2017

Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Learning To Live With Cheaper Oil, June 8, 2016