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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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The Trump Effect


The Trump Effect


November 28, 2017

Eliot Cohen, Director of Strategic Studies and Director of The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies
Mara Karlin, Associate Director of the Strategic Studies Program and Executive Director of The Merrill Center for Strategic Studies
Vali Nasr, Dean
Moderated by Shamila Chaudhary, Foreign Policy Institute Fellow

Experts in US politics held a panel discussion to examine the Trump administration's impact on diplomacy and public sector job prospects. Speakers reassured students that government careers will continue to be available to graduates, despite morale challenges and budget cuts. In fact, the current administration would have very little to do with the work of someone in the early stages of their career – at this level, government jobs are all about accomplishing day-to-day tasks, speakers explained.  

Panelists agreed that public service is such an important part of the heritage of the school that students should not give up on public jobs or postpone their careers for a later administration. While budget cuts will likely have a negative effect on employee morale, they will not eliminate the need for a steady stream of recent graduates to staff the federal agencies.

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Reflections on America and the World in the Trump Era with Jeffrey Goldberg


A discussion with Jeffrey Goldberg on domestic and international affairs

Reflections on America and the World in the Trump Era with Jeffrey Goldberg


A discussion with Jeffrey Goldberg on domestic and international affairs

November 16, 2017

Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic

The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg visited the Johns Hopkins SAIS community to discuss developments in domestic and international politics under the Trump administration. Goldberg made note of several instances where President Trump showcased his unique domestic and foreign policy priorities.

Starting off by analyzing President Trump’s recent China visit, Goldberg made special mention of the fact that Trump did not delve into instances of human rights violations by China. Instead he was highly complimentary, touting the country’s financial acumen. Trump has often made contradictory statements about China, so determining his position on bilateral relations is difficult, Goldberg said.

When it comes to domestic affairs, Goldberg said Trump has tried to mobilize his base of supporters. In the meantime, the media manages to grow their viewership ratings because Americans are interested in the developments of the Trump administration. Viewership notwithstanding, there is always fear of potential physical harm to journalists at conservative events in an environment where the current administration portrays the media as enemies of the state. 

Relations in the Middle East factored heavily in the discussion. Goldberg examined differences in the Middle East agendas of the Obama and the Trump administrations, arguing that Obama’s policy shifted due to the Arab Spring and to a constant disillusionment with the region. Trump, on the other hand, seems to place his trust on the new Saudi prince and his efforts to consolidate his power. Whether that is a sound policy remains to be seen, Goldberg said. Trump seems willing to work with the different tendencies in the Middle East, while not being convinced about prospects for diplomacy in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Abenomics and Womenomics


A Conversation on Macro and Structural Reform in Japan

Abenomics and Womenomics


A Conversation on Macro and Structural Reform in Japan

November 14, 2017

Kathy Matsui ’90, Chief Equity Strategist, Goldman Sachs Japan
Moderated by John Lipsky, Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute

Kathy Matsui of Goldman Sachs Japan visited the school to discuss the effects of "Abenomics" and "Womenomics" on economic growth in Japan. Prime Minister Abe’s reform program has successfully spurred GDP growth, and domestic demand levels in Japan are on the rise, Matsui said. The structural reform has also addressed corporate governance, and companies in Japan have seen an increase in independent, outside directors. 

Matsui contended that one area Japan could still improve upon is to invest more in productivity-enhancing capital spending, such as tools to automate business processes. On the topic of Womenomics, Matsui mentioned that 1.5 million full- and part-time jobs have been created for women since 2013—a huge success for Abe’s reform agenda. It has been demonstrated that companies with women on their executive boards experience higher return on equity, and Matsui advocated for more diversity within Japanese companies. Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow John Lipsky pressed for additional details about how Japan can continue to reverse demographic issues that are slowing growth. Matsui mentioned that a major factor in addressing sluggish growth will be to restore Japanese citizens’ confidence in the future. 

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International Dinner 2017


The Johns Hopkins SAIS Student Government Association hosts its annual International Dinner

International Dinner 2017


The Johns Hopkins SAIS Student Government Association hosts its annual International Dinner

November 11, 2017

The school's Student Government Association (SGA) held its annual International Dinner to showcase cultures and cuisines from all over the world. From the cafeteria to the Kenney Auditorium, students filled the rooms with an appetite for food and company. Tables were lined up along the cafeteria with student clubs waiting to serve delicious foods to their classmates, over 200 of whom attended.

Student clubs representing interests across the school organized a vibrant program of dance, music, and refreshments. Attendees enjoyed presentations from clubs including South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Russia and Eurasia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Canada, Latin America, American Foreign Policy, the association of students from South Asia, and the Africa Association. In addition to buying plates with their allotted event tickets, students were given a single green ticket used to cast their vote for the best plate of their choice.

As the talent show began, many students shifted from the cafeteria to the auditorium to cheer for their classmate presenters. Groups and individuals took part in a friendly contest over the best act, from dancing, to singing, to showmanship. At the end, students voted by applause for their favorite acts. The tradition continues to be a rewarding part of the Johns Hopkins SAIS experience.

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The Retreat of Western Liberalism


The Retreat of Western Liberalism


November 9, 2017

Edward Luce, Financial Times Columnist and author, The Retreat of Western Liberalism
Sheri Berman, Barnard College Professor of Political Science
Matthias Matthijs, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy

Financial Times columnist and author Edward Luce visited the Johns Hopkins SAIS community to discuss his recent book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism. Professor Matthias Matthijs and Barnard College Professor Sheri Berman joined Luce to share insights on geopolitical developments.

Luce summarized his book explaining Western liberalism’s ongoing crisis. Amid Brexit and populist movements including the election of Donald Trump, Luce examined the long-building trends behind today’s lack of trust in the political establishment. He argued that even though liberal democracies claimed victory after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, liberal trends have been reversing, with increasingly authoritative regimes appearing in multiple countries.

Luce argued that the West’s response to terrorism has diluted domestic constitutional rights while failing to achieve its stated goal of fostering democratic regimes in the Middle East. The prolonged effect of the 2008 financial crisis and relative shifting of power toward China and India has eroded public faith in liberal democracy. With the specter of American decline, the polarization of economic trends has also triggered a polarization of politics. According to Luce, the US has faced median wage stagnation, a poorer middle class today compared to the early 2000s, and a decline in income mobility. He said that in order to restore trust, elites need to the fix mistakes that have been ignored for the last two decades.

Professor Sheri Berman contended that Western democracies have brought their political crises on themselves, through elites’ blind embrace of globalization and massive immigration, and their systematic dismissal of populist concerns. She suggested elites should broaden their perspectives to relate to constituents and promote a revival of partisan participation by including populist preoccupations in political discourse. Professor Matthias Mattijs noted the decline in institutions that once favored the left as an additional factor in the weakening of traditional parties. Questions from the audience touched on the role of media and technology, including foreign interference in the democratic process, the role of money and donors, and the need for an alternative model of work

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Building China Into Your Career


Expert Perspectives from the Classroom to the Workplace

Building China Into Your Career


Expert Perspectives from the Classroom to the Workplace

November 6, 2017

Continuing its annual event series with the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Project Pengyou co-hosted a panel discussion on the theme of career building in China. Alumni panelists shared their perspectives on career success. Kim Fassler '10, a Liaison Officer at the U.S. Department of Defense, said that one has to be flexible in order to be successful because the job market in China is constantly changing and new opportunities are emerging. Sophie Lu '11, Head of China Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, added that most people will end up having multiple careers throughout their lives.

Panelists emphasized the importance of Chinese language skills but acknowledged that language skill alone is no longer sufficient as the standards for hiring foreigners are higher than before. Jonathan Garrison '00, Vice President, Wanda Cultural Industries Group, said that Chinese companies often hire interpreters and that being able to speak Mandarin frees up company resources making you an asset. Additionally, language skill helps establish and maintain relationships with coworkers and superiors. For Oliver Theobald '13, Operations Specialist at Alibaba, diversifying one’s free time by engaging in extracurricular activities or hobbies can prove rewarding. He explained that his current job with Alibaba Cloud is different from his academic background in international relations, but because he enjoyed doing IT work in his spare time, he was able to showcase his competence and nailed the interview.

Speakers also encouraged the audience to volunteer to help out as much as they can in the office, for example, offering to review English outputs of Chinese coworkers. Demonstrating a strong work ethic will earn one respect and help build balanced relationships, panelists said. 

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New US Strategies for Afghanistan and South Asia


New US Strategies for Afghanistan and South Asia


November 2, 2017

Ambassador James Cunningham, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Israel, and the United Nations
Christoph Duenwald, International Monetary Fund Chief of Mission for Afghanistan
Daniel Markey, Senior Research Professor in International Relations and Academic Director, Global Policy
Rohulla Osmani, Visiting Scholar
Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, former US Ambassador to Argentina, Mexico, and Afghanistan
Moderated by Kent Calder, Director of Asia Programs and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

In collaboration with the Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS Asia Programs hosted a panel discussion on the Trump administration’s strategy for engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia. Ambassador James Cunningham began by describing the current strategy as a revamping of the approach taken by the Obama administration. He commended the White House for clarifying the US position in Afghanistan and for publicizing its next steps in the region. He noted that US troops were never in Afghanistan to “win the war” but rather to secure the country and eventually hand it over to the Afghan forces.

Christoph Duenwald of the IMF highlighted the economic challenges and the efforts of the Afghanistan government to improve conditions. He cited macroeconomic stability and improving conditions for doing business as two of the most important tasks for the development of the country. One particular challenge is the withdrawal of foreign troops, which contributed to the reduction of Afghanistan’s economic growth rate from 14% in 2012 to 1% in 2015.

Ambassador Wayne spoke of the importance of Pakistan as a strategic partner for combating extremism in the region and outlined the ways in which US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had begun to try and build a consensus regarding bilateral and regional cooperation with Afghanistan. He also underlined the importance of strong diplomatic ties with India in addressing challenges in Afghanistan.        

Daniel Markey concluded the panel by highlighting the importance of diplomatic dialog. He criticized the current approach to conflict resolution between the US and Afghan authorities and advocated for greater coordination between the nations' diplomatic and military missions.

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2017 Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching Lecture featuring David Steinberg


"Party Versus Pocketbook: How Voters Think About International Economics"

2017 Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching Lecture featuring David Steinberg


"Party Versus Pocketbook: How Voters Think About International Economics"

November 1, 2017

David A. Steinberg, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy and recipient of the 2017 Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Professor David Steinberg was recognized through a special lecture he delivered for the Johns Hopkins SAIS community, as part of his selection by the student body for an award. Dean Vali Nasr introduced Steinberg and presented him with the Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Steinberg discussed the significance of party politics and personal interests in choosing policies.

Steinberg thanked the student community for the award before sharing an overview of the “winners” and “losers” of globalization. He also explored voters' tendencies to resort to political authorities for answers to economic questions. Furthermore, he examined the innate link between exchange control and debt default, drawing upon the example of Argentina and its economic misfortunes. Explaining how party politics can affect the economic situation in a country, Steinberg commented on the existence of a link between partisan identity and policy reference among the public. In addition, he argued that repaying foreign debt can have its costs and its benefits, as was evident in the case of Argentina.

Delving into greater depths of the Argentinian example, Professor Steinberg talked about the discrepancy between party politics in the country and the aftermath of strenuous exchange controls. On that subject, he argued that the perception of the Argentinians was greatly influenced by their alignment among party politics.

In conclusion, he stressed the point that both pocketbook and party politics are responsible for explaining policy affiliation of the public. He stressed that it is the role of political leaders to lead by example and make sure that the “losers” of globalization are well compensated by the shortcomings of the paradigm.

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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

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie JHU '03, award-winning novelist
The Political Economy of Gender in Africa, April 14, 2017

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

Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam
Natural Gas in Europe: Finding the Balance Between Market and Geopolitical Challenges, September 29, 2017

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

Abdirahman D. Beileh, Minister of Finance, Somalia
Extraordinary Somalia, October 12, 2017

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

Lieutenant General David Berger '05, Commander, US Marine Forces, Pacific
The US Marine Corps in the Pacific, October 26, 2017

Sheri Berman, Barnard College Professor of Political Science
The Retreat of Western Liberalism, November 9, 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
The Art of Diplomacy, September 13, 2017
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

Perspectives on US-China Relations in a Time of Rapid Change, October 9, 2017

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

Shamila Chaudhary, Foreign Policy Institute Fellow
Risks and Consequences of Foreign Interventions, October 5, 2017

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

Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent for the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winning author
Women Who Inspire, October 23, 2017

Chester Crocker ’65, PhD ’70, Professor in the Practice of Strategic Studies, Georgetown University and former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
What Good is Diplomacy, October 16, 2017

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

New US Strategies for Afghanistan and South Asia, November 2, 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

Bernice Dapaah, Founder and CEO, Ghana Bamboo Bike Initiative
A Discussion on Social Enterprise in Ghana, September 22, 2017

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

Christoph Duenwald, International Monetary Fund Chief of Mission for Afghanistan
New US Strategies for Afghanistan and South Asia, November 2, 2017

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

Gregory Feifer, Interim Executive Director of the Institute of Current World Affairs
Risks and Consequences of Foreign Interventions, October 5, 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

Carla Freeman, Director of the Foreign Policy Institute and Associate Director of SAIS China
US-China Relations in the Era of Trump and Xi Jinping, September 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

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

Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Interior, Pakistan
Pakistan's Efforts in Internal and Regional Security, October 11, 2017

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
Is Pakistan a Challenge or Opportunity for the US?, October 30, 2017

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Founder of Open Russia
Lantos Rule of Law Lecture, October 10, 2017

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

Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll)
Launching the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy, October 16, 2017

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

Cui Liru, Senior Advisor & Former President, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)
Perspectives on US-China Relations in a Time of Rapid Change, October 9, 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

Edward Luce, Financial Times Columnist and author, The Retreat of Western Liberalism
The Retreat of Western Liberalism, November 9, 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 Douglas Lute, Robert McDermott Distinguished Chair of Social Sciences at United States Military Academy at West Point
Is Pakistan a Challenge or Opportunity for the US?, October 30, 2017

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

Margaret MacMillan, Xerox Foundation Distinguished Scholar , Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
The Causes of Wars, March 27, 2017

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

John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency
How to Thrive in A Washington Career, September 20, 2017

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?

Rohullah Osmani, Visiting Scholar
New US Strategies for Afghanistan and South Asia, November 2, 2017

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

Joseph Pennington, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq Policy, US Department of State
Iraq's Political Compass and Regional Priorities, October 17, 2017

General (ret.) David H. Petraeus, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
The David H. Bernstein Forum, September 28, 2017

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

Jeffrey Raider '04, Co-founder of Warby Parker and Co-founder and Co-CEO of Harry’s Inc. 
Becoming a Highly Successful Entrepreneur, April 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
Iraq's Political Compass and Regional Priorities, October 17, 2017

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

David A. Steinberg, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy and recipient of the 2017 Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching
2017 Max M. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Teaching, November 1, 2017

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

Andrew J. Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Risks and Consequences of Foreign Interventions, October 5, 2017

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

Johannes Urpelainen, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment and Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP)
Launching the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy, October 16, 2017

Hashim Wahdatyar, Program Officer, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Risks and Consequences of Foreign Interventions, October 5, 2017

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation
Commencement Address, May 25, 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
New US Strategies for Afghanistan and South Asia, November 2, 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

Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Ontario's View on Renegotiating NAFTA, September 14, 2017

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