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Johns Hopkins University

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Students at Johns Hopkins SAIS are encouraged to study with purpose and tailor their coursework to best fit their career interests. Learning from accomplished faculty across three global campuses gives students a strong understanding of economics and theories of international relations, as well as regional expertise, diplomatic skills, language proficiency, and the capacity to apply theory to real-world problems. This is the Johns Hopkins SAIS Advantage.

Johns Hopkins SAIS’ three campuses are strategically located to better understand the rebalancing of the world: the economic growth of Asia, the political and demographic changes in Europe, and the evolving role of the United States in the world. A physical presence within three continents provides expanded professional opportunities.

Through a curriculum strongly rooted in the study of international relations, economics, and regional studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS students learn to address multifaceted challenges facing the world today. With more than twenty regional and policy areas from which to choose, students are encouraged to tailor their academic coursework to align with their career interests.

The Johns Hopkins SAIS language program trains students to gain foreign language proficiency to discuss and debate important policy issues, while also expanding professional opportunities overseas. Whether you are discussing expansion strategy with global partners, using diplomacy to mitigate regional conflict, or connecting with underserved populations on humanitarian missions, using a native language to communicate will open doors to cultures and countries.

Journalists, politicians, academics, and the private sector turn to Johns Hopkins SAIS as a source for timely policy analysis. Scholars from our research centers and institutes analyze difficult foreign policy issues while convening academics, policymakers and leaders of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to debate alongside students.

Degree Programs

  • HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
  • Master of Arts in International Studies
  • HNC Certificate in Chinese and American Studies + Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Global Policy
  • Master of International Public Policy
  • Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance
  • Master of Arts in Global Risk
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs
  • Diploma in International Studies

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Job Openings

Johns Hopkins SAIS seeks to appoint a full-time, tenure-track, assistant professor in international relations or comparative politics with a focus on European and Eurasian Studies.

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Johns Hopkins SAIS is seeking to appoint a full-time, tenure-track assistant or associate professor in international relations of China, with a focus on economics.

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Johns Hopkins SAIS seeks to fill a position in South Asian Studies at the rank of Full Professor or Associate Professor (with tenure) in its Washington, DC campus.

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The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies seeks a Program Associate as the primary support to the faculty of the Master of Arts in Global Policy.

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Johns Hopkins SAIS is seeking to appoint a full-time, tenure-track, assistant professor in international relations.

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Johns Hopkins SAIS is seeking to fill a position of director of the Energy, Resources, and Environment Program (associate or full professor level).

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The April 20 response deadline is long and gone, and the May 1st response deadline is almost here. If you’re a fellowship recipient who submitted by April 20, you’re probably wondering where your Hopkins ID is, among other things. If you’re a non-fello…

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Johns Hopkins SAIS hosts hundreds of events each year, many of which are free and open to the public. Offering a wide spectrum of viewpoints on current global issues, these events give students the opportunity to interact with thought leaders in various industries. While many of these events are exclusive to Johns Hopkins SAIS students and alumni, a number are free and open to the public. We invite you to join us for some of the events below.

His Exellency K. Shanmugam is set to visit Johns Hopkins SAIS on April 26

Monday, April 24

Shifting Gears: Technologies, Behaviors, and the Future of Transportation

Dean Vali Nasr and the Energy, Resources and Environment Program’s Global Leaders Forum in partnership with BP invite you to a panel discussion on Shifting Gears: Technologies, Behaviors, and the Future of Transportation.

Tuesday, April 25

Climate Policy without the US Government

With the rejection of US government support for climate policies under the Trump administration, is progress on climate still possible in the US at the city and state levels? What are the prospects internationally for advances in mitigating global warming without US governmental participation? Can expansion of renewable energies play a major role?”

The State of State Capitalism in China

Dr. Yasheng Huang, Professor and Associate Dean in MIT Sloan School of Management will speak at SAIS China Forum about the state of Chinese state capitalism.

Wednesday, April 26

Prospects for U.S.-China-Africa Relations in the Trump Era

Early signs in Donald Trump’s presidency indicate the United States will likely retreat from Africa under an “America First” foreign policy. How will the respective roles of the United States and China in Africa change under these circumstances? Will existing opportunities for constructive trilateral collaboration remain, or will they need to be modified? How will African countries respond to these shifts? This roundtable will draw on the public and private sectors to explore the future of U.S.-China-Africa relations in an evolving geopolitical landscape.
Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim is a PhD candidate in Political Science and a research affiliate with the Sahel Research Group at the University of Florida. He has carried out extensive comparative fieldwork on the politics of Islamic contestation and on jihadi movements and new religious dynamics in the Sahel, notably in Niger, Mali and Mauritania.

A Conversation with His Excellency Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam

His Exellency K. Shanmugam Mr. K Shanmugam read law at the National University of Singapore . He was admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 1985. On 1 May 2008 Mr. Shanmugam was appointed a Cabinet Minister. He is now the Minister for Home Affairs and the Minister for Law. He has also served as the Minister for Foreign Affair

Thursday, April 27

A Conversation with Anne Hillerman Author of ‘Song of the Lion

Dean Vali Nasr invites you to join SAIS Women Lead for the Women Who Inspire lecture series with Anne Hillerman, Author of “Song of the Lion” and Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.
Lights Out: The Risks of Climate and Natural Disaster Related Disruption to the Electrical Grid
At this event, the Johns Hopkins SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Swiss Re practicum team – Annabella Korbatov, Julia Price-Madison, Yihui Wang, and Yi Xu – will present their preliminary research findings on how the risk is evolving in the Pacific Northwest, including implications for reliability of the system and potential economic disruption. An expert panel will discuss the steps various stakeholders in government and the utility and insurance industries are taking to understand this risk and manage exposures.

Friday, April 28

The Environmental Risks and Oversight of Enhanced Oil Recovery in the U.S.
Please join the Clean Water Action Practicum Team for the presentation of their research. A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow.

Johns Hopkins SAIS Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund – Final Team Presentations
This SAF teams this year are working with UBELONG and Echo Mobile. UBELONG, founded by Johns Hopkins SAIS Professor Raul Roman, offers high impact volunteering opportunities abroad. Echo Mobile’s CEO, Zoe Cohen is a Johns Hopkin SAIS alumuna and her team works on cutting edge mobile-­data solutions based in Kenya. Our SAF teams getting ready for their final presentations so mark your calendars, come support your friends, and find out more about the Johns Hopkin SAIS Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund!

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The end of the semester is drawing near and the craziness associated with final exams, papers, presentations, and projects is imminent. Although I am looking forward to the summer break, I’m anxious about all the tasks I need to complete prior to being free. I spent most of the end of last week working on a Pecha Kucha for my Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Development course. For those of you who may not be familiar with this, a Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which several pictures are displayed with a corresponding voiceover. My Pecha Kucha was on “E-Waste” in Agbogbloshie, Accra and creating this presentation helped me gain insight into environmental degradation in developing contexts, which is a subject that has not traditionally received a lot of attention. This is also the first time that I have had to create a presentation in this format and it helped expose me to numerous presentation styles that I may encounter in my professional career. 
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The Global Security and Conflict Management Club this spring has organized two  migration Study Treks – one to Athens/Lesvos, Greece (March 19th to March 24th) and the second to Lampedusa, Italy (April 30th to May 3rd). These student led initiatives allow SAISERS to further compliment their studies by combining theory with practice. SAIS Europe First Year MA International Relations Concentrator Diane Bernabei, shared her experiences travelling to Greece below.

It is not uncommon to hear from fellow SAISers how they spent their spring breaks, jetting off to Africa to conduct some field research, to the Middle East to work on their thesis or any of a number of impressive multilateral organizations to interview for a summer job.  This past March, sixteen SAISers were able to say they traveled to what the real world considers a relatively typical spring break destination, Greece.  But we did not go for any typical vacation-related reason. The Global Security and Conflict Management Club (GSCM) traveled to Greece to conduct an in depth study on how local Greek authorities and multilateral and non-governmental organizations collaborate to manage the burgeoning refugee crisis.

The trip started in Athens where we met with directors of a large health and human services facility, Solidarity Now. This NGO has largely been accredited for leading the successful transition in Greece’s NGO community from providing aid to Greeks suffering from the economic crises to launching initiatives meant to aid a more diverse group of both Greeks and refugee asylum seekers.  Meeting with the organization exposed the difficulties in transitioning aid to new target demographics caused by the political situation in Greece, an important topic the group discussed in further detail in an afternoon roundtable discussion with the European Commission’s Representative to Greece and the Vice Mayor of Athens.  Our time in Athens also included several meetings with NGO leaders, such as the Greek  Director of Doctors Without Borders, and academics, including the Director of the Institute of International Relations.

Students tour Solidarity
resource center in Athens
Meeting with academics and policy makers provided one perspective on the current migration crisis facing Europe. Asking direct questions to the people managing the crisis on the ground provided another important viewpoint.   For this reason, our group decided to spend more than half of the trip dedicated to  fieldwork, visiting refugee camps and meeting with refugees to discuss their experiences in migrating to Europe.  

Students discuss migration issues
with local Athenian NGO
Visiting the Eleonas refugee camp, the largest refugee camp for families in Athens, housing over 2,000 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and various parts of North Africa and the Middle East, provided us with the opportunity to meet with field coordinators from the International Rescue Committee, the International Organization for Migration and METAdrasi. These organizations provided important insight on how different organizations coordinate their efforts and funding to manage a large number of refugees in small compact camps.
SAISERS meet former Greek Foreign Minister
After two full days in Athens, the group headed to the Greek island of Lesvos to conduct research on the frontlines of the refugee crisis. In 2015 alone, more than one million asylum seekers crossed the dangerous six-mile stretch of the Mediterranean Sea that lies between Greece and Turkey to make it to this Island. While on Lesvos, we met with the UNHCR and The Red Cross to discuss their strategies in organizing a response to the crises. We also met with Lighthouse Relief, an agency that coordinates on-the-shore first responder emergency aid and transportation logistics for the newly arrived migrants.
SAISers met with Hellenic Coast Guard
to discuss refugee rescue challenges
We also met with representatives from the Hellenic Coast Guard to better understand the challenges associated with responding efficiently to rapidly changing influxes of refugees demanding emergency assistance as they cross the rough waters.  Because of the recent economic crises, the Greek government cannot afford to provide extra assistance to the coast guard. As such,  the Hellenic Coast Guard finds itself in a strenuous situation  between not being able to expand its resources while facing increasingly demanding surges of refugee influxes.

Students meet with Karatapei Refugee Camp
representatives and refugees

Our time in Lesvos culminated in a final meeting with US based NGO Samaritan’s Purse, where we were able to learn more about the professional lives of volunteer workers and gain more insight into NGO strategies that assist refugees and asylum seekers adjust to a new life in Greece.

In just four days we toured three  refugee camps, two health and human service centers, one coast guard vessel, met with 17 different agencies, two municipalities, the European Parliament, and various segments of the Greek Government. 

We discussed pertinent issues and asked hard questions to leaders from the NGO communities, members the diplomatic circuit managing the crises from a political standpoint, and to first responders on the shores, who save lives every day.  We were exposed to several viewpoints of the refugee crises and learned something new from each component.

Our research culminated in a final report documenting our experience in Greece, detailing our perspective on the successes and failures entrenched in mitigating such a crises and diagnosing various areas were we see room for improvement.   Our itinerary definitely did not include any of the normal stops visitors make in Greece, but each day mirrors a typical  day in the life of an ordinary SAISer.

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From performing dance routines and ballads at the Talent Show to sharing cultural cuisine at the International Dinner, Johns Hopkins SAIS students have their fair share of traditions, one being the Annual Cherry Blossom Ball, an annual social at organized by the Student Government Association. A former SGA president once described the event as “the signature annual event at SAIS” and “basically the school prom.”

This year’s ball took place Saturday, April 15th at The Willard InterContinental Hotel, a contemporary luxury hotel located one block from the White House and a few blocks from campus. Thank you to the student government association for organizing the event, and all of the students who took a break from studying to participate!

Students dressed up to take photos together in a photo booth
The Willard InterContinental, often called the Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue

Students from all degree programs were invited to attend

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The first time I studied abroad in mainland China was in 2013 when I moved to from New York City to Xi’an. One of the things that I noticed from the very beginning of my study abroad experience in Xi’an was that every time a person asked me where I was from, he or she would find it hard to believe that a person with brown skin, black hair, and dark brown eyes could possibly be from America. I could not fully comprehend why this belief was common in China until I was exposed to mainstream media which depicts almost all Americans as white. The more time I spent in China, the more encounters I had with people who held this idea. For someone who, for almost all his life, grew up in one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world, I felt as if the movies, T.V. shows, and social media in China were not doing justice to the America I have experienced.

It was not until I arrived at the HNC that I had the chance to meet other American students of color who shared a similar experience in China and felt that a platform to showcase the diversity at HNC, including that of America, was needed. The more conversations that I would have with students about their diverse backgrounds, the more I felt inspired to create this platform. When my first semester at HNC came to an end, I began to brainstorm on the different possibilities that an interest group could be organized to project the diversity at the HNC. From the very beginning, I knew that racial/ethnic minorities in the US would be one of the topics that I wanted to pursue. Other topics included LGBTQIA+ topics and different cuisine from around the world. However, more importantly, I wanted the weekly meeting to also reflect the diversity at HNC and engage the group in activities that would not only allow it to gain a deeper understanding of different cultures, but to engage Chinese and international students at the same time.

The brainstorming process led me to ask help from my peers at HNC and, after asking for advice from several people, I finalized a list of topics and activities which encompassed the wide range of the diversity at the HNC. The first meeting focused on the showing of the movie Moonlight which won an Oscar for best picture earlier this year. The first discussion, albeit included a small group of students at HNC, touched upon many themes and issues relevant the movie’s intersectional exposition of both the Black and LGBTQIA+ community in America. One of the more inspiring moments of this discussion was the courage demonstrated by students, both Chinese and international, who shared personal and unique stories as a way of relating to the themes and issues explored by the award-winning movie.

Following the heartening and uplifting discussion brought about by Moonlight, the second Multicultural Interest Group meeting “Chinese Oral History” was held in the mode of a forum. For this meeting, I invited Professor Hua and Professor Liu who currently teach at the HNC to talk about their experiences in China as individuals. The perspectives brought by these two Nanjing natives were enlightening and very informational. Professor Hua, who lived nearby where HNC stands today, talked about some of his memories while living on the Nanjing University campus such as the pig farm predating the HNC’s existence among other periods of time such as the Cultural Revolution and the opening of China in the 1980s. Meanwhile, Professor Liu shared his memories in four categories which included the different changes in 食衣住行 (or food, clothing, housing, and transportation). Professor Liu shared some of his fondest memories related to these categories such as the arrival of the fast food industry to Nanjing and the first time he ate his first burger at KFC and drank soda as a child. While both scholars provided unique perspectives through their oral histories, they nonetheless hoped for a continuously peaceful China in the future. One of the most exciting parts of this discussion was the number of students who attended, the stories shared by the Chinese students about their family histories, and the thought provoking questions that were asked to the professors.

Recently, the Multicultural Interest Group met this past Tuesday, April 11 to discuss the topic “Racial/Ethnic Minorities in the US” and view a documentary titled “Race Relations in America.” This meeting was attended by many students and HNC’s diversity allowed for Asian, Latino, and Black Americans to discuss their unique experiences in the US as representatives of their racial/ethnic groups. Some of the topics touched upon were racism, diasporas, living in China as an ethnic/racial minority from the US, stereotypes, the Chinese perspective on race relations in the US, the definition of race, etc. Although this meeting was supposed to last one hour and a half, the long discussions of different topics/issues added a whole hour to the meeting!

Without a doubt the Multicultural Interest Group started out very strong this semester. The platform shared by both Chinese and international classmates/faculty has created a more inclusive environment for those interested in learning more about the goldmine of diversity at HNC. The interest group will continue its mission of creating mutual understanding and greater tolerance with the upcoming planned events which include: a potluck dinner, a discussion on LGBTQIA+ issues/topics, Afro-beats dance session, and more to come. All in all, this group has not only allowed me to showcase the America that, for some us, is not necessarily just white. At the same time, the Multicultural Interest Group has allowed me and other HNC students to further understand other cultures and learn from others’ stories, experiences, and perspectives, allowing us to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.

Written by Christian Flores, MAIS 2018

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