Friday, April 21, 2017

You're Invited: Open Events At Johns Hopkins SAIS April 24-April 28

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!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The End Of The Semester Is Drawing Near

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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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Who Says There's No Prom In Grad School?

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Admissions Alert: The April 20 Deadline Is Just 3 Days Away

For candidates with fellowship aid, the deadline to accept our offer of admission is April 20, 2017. Candidates should complete the Online Candidate’s Reply Form, which can be can accessed by logging into Hobson’s Apply Yourself , and submit a $500 non-refundable matriculation fee payment to the Admissions Office no later than the deadline. Payment can be made via credit card or e-check online when submitting your Candidate's Reply Form.

If you opt to pay your matriculation fee by check, please make the check payable to: “Johns Hopkins University” and write the student’s name and Social Security Number (SSN), if applicable, on the check.  Check payments should be mailed to:
Attn: SAIS Admissions Office
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Next Week At Johns Hopkins SAIS

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.

If you're curious about what an event at Johns Hopkins SAIS is like, we encourage you to review The Recap, a new blog designed to capture important events across our three campuses. Visit regularly for summaries, videos, and photos of our world-class events.

Tuesday, April 18

The Global Financial Crisis and Reform of the International Financial Architecture

Anthony Elson is an International Economist, writer and university lecturer based in the Washington, DC area. For a number of years he was a senior staff member of the International Monetary Fund with responsibilities for managing the IMF's macroeconomic surveillance and program lending with a number of countries in the Asia Pacific and Latin American regions. For a time, he was also involved in the oversight of the IMF's global statistics operations and the initial development of its work on international standards and codes. Since leaving the Fund, Dr. Elson has been an economic consultant with the World Bank and other public and private organizations. Dr. Elson will be discussing his new book, The Global Financial Crisis in Retrospect: Evolution, Resolution and Lessons for Prevention.

Wednesday, April 19

A Conversation on The 4th Industrial Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges with José M. González-Páramo

Dr. José Manuel González-Páramo was appointed Executive Board Director of BBVA in 2013. BBVA is Europe’s sixth largest bank by market capitalization. As Executive Board Director, he is the Chief Officer, Global Economics, Regulation & Public Affairs, and the Chairman of its International Advisory Board. He also is the Chairman of European DataWarehouse GmbH, the first European central data facility to provide world-class transparency standards for asset-backed securities (ABS) transactions.  Notably, Dr. González-Páramo served as a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2004 to 2012, and as a member of the ECB’s Governing Council.  

Food, Farmers, and Climate: Report from the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig is a climate scientist and Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, where she heads the Climate Impacts Group. She is also Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Earth Institute of Columbia University and Professor at Barnard College. She is Co-Founder and Lead Principal Investigator of the *Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), a globally integrated transdisciplinary study of climate impacts on the agricultural sector at regional and global scales.

The SAIS European and Eurasian Studies (EES) Program cordially invites you to join us at the SAIS Washington Campus for upcoming events. The Spring 2017 EES Distinguished Lecture Series is moderated by SAIS Professor Steve Szabo and co-sponsored by the Transatlantic Academy of the German-Marsall Fund. 

Climate Change and Diplomacy in the Post-Paris Agreement Era

Ambassador Selwin Hart, current Barbados' Ambassador to the US and Permanent Representative to the OAS, will be giving a talk on climate change and diplomacy in the post-Paris Agreement Era. Amb. Hart played a lead role in negotiating various climate agreements, the Alliance of Small Island Developing States, the Group of 77 and China and the UN Secretary General's climate change support team.

Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble has been serving as the Federal Minister of Finance of Germany since 2009. Before this, he held several positions within the German government. He has been a member of the German Bundestag since 1972 and served as the Parliamentary Secretary of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary group in the Bundestag from 1981 to 1984. From 1984 to 1991, he served as a member of Helmut Kohl's cabinet as the Federal Minister for Special Tasks,  the Head of the Federal Chancellery, and later as the Federal Minister of the Interior. Between 1991 and 2000, he was the chairman of the CDU/CSU group in the Parliament, and from 1998 to 2000, he served as the CDU National chairman. He has also been a member of CDU, Presidium since 2000. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Deputy Head of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag for Foreign, Security and European Policy. He served again as Federal Minister of the Interior in the cabinet of Angela Merkel from 2005 to 2009. 

How to Get a Job in Peacebuilding? 

Join us for a networking event that will offer young professionals and graduate students the opportunity to learn more about peacebuilding and conflict resolutions organizations and institutions. This event offers you the chance to meet staff from a variety peacebuilding organizations and institutions, and it will introduce you to peacebuilders working on everything from sports for peace to countering violent extremism to preventing violence around elections, and everything in between. Learn how peacebuilding intersects with fields like policy making, health, education, governance, and more. This is not a job fair, but instead it is a great opportunity to talk to peacebuilders, learn about new organizations, learn about career paths, and share your own interests and experiences.

Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs

A recent report by the Asian Development Bank found that developing Asia will need to invest $1.7 trillion per year in infrastructure until 2030 to maintain its growth momentum, tackle poverty, and respond to climate change. Chief Economist Sawada will discuss the report’s findings and describe the challenges shaping the future of infrastructure investment and development in the region.