Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Taster Lecture

For several decades, SAIS students have taken pride in the academic education provided by world-class scholars, practitioners, and experts that provide the skills and knowledge to equip them with economic and cultural expertise for real-world opportunities. To share a taste of these academic opportunities, the SAIS Office of Admission welcomes prospective students to get a first hand experience by joining us in a series of Taster Lectures with an interactive question and answer session once a month from September to November.

September Taster Lecture: Dr. Francis J. Gavin 

 

Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS. In 2013, Gavin was appointed the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science at MIT.  Before joining MIT, he was the Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.  From 2005 until 2010, he directed The American Assembly’s multiyear, national initiative, The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions.

With a strong background and knowledge in global affairs, Dr. Gavin's expertise lie in a wide range of topics in American Foreign Policy, Climate Change, Cold War, History & Statecraft, International Monetary Policy, NATO, Nuclear Proliferation, Public Policy, and U.S. Grand Strategy. He is also an expert in the study of global affairs related to Europe and Iran.

Come join us on Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. to get a taste of one of Dr. Gavin's lecture on the topic of Nuclear Policy and Politics at the Bernstein Offit Building, Room 500.

Reserve your spot today!


Please note that all Johns Hopkins SAIS Admissions Taster Lectures are off the record. No audio, video, transcription, or digital recording is allowed.

Can't make it to the September Taster Lecture? Check out some of the other upcoming lectures this semester:
Have a question? Send us an email at sais.dc.admissions@jhu.edu.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September Admissions Events

Join us this September for one of our admissions events! For more information, check out our recruiting calendar here.

Week of September 11-15
  •  Thursday 9/14/2017 at 12:30 PM -- Masters Programs for Experienced Professionals (Master of Arts in Global Policy and Master of International Public Policy) Virtual Session
  • Friday 9/15/2017 at 12:30 PM -- Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance Virtual Information Session
Week of September 18-22
  • Tuesday 9/19/2017 at 5:00 PM --  Masters Programs for Experienced Professionals (Master of Arts in Global Policy and Master of International Public Policy) Office Hours
  • Wednesday 9/20/2017 at 12:00 PM -- Master of Arts Virtual Information Session
  • Thursday 9/21/2017 at 6:00 PM -- September Taster Lecture -- Dr. Frank Gavin "Nuclear Policy and Politics"
  • Friday 9/22/2017 at 5:00 PM -- Masters Programs for Experienced Professionals (Master of Arts in Global Policy and Master of International Public Policy) On Campus Information Session
Week of September 25-29
  • Thursday 9/28/2017 at 12:30 PM -- Master of Arts Q&A Session
  • Friday 9/29/2017 at 5:00 PM -- Global Careers Information Session

Feel free to send us an email if you have any questions!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

SAIS Student Snapshot - Krishnan Raghavan

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR REFUGEES









Krishnan Raghavan
MA ’17
International Development
First Year: SAIS Europe
Krishnan decided to apply to Johns Hopkins SAIS because of the strong quantitative component of the curriculum. Having worked in the development field in communications roles, he wanted to hone his analytical skills to complement his communications experience. Professionally, he is interested in refugee relief, development in fragile states, and post-conflict reconstruction. He therefore knew he wanted to attend a school with strong conflict management and international development departments and Johns Hopkins SAIS was the only institution that fit the bill. Moreover, he was happy to have the chance to spend one year studying in Italy.
Prior to his graduate studies, Krishnan worked in refugee relief and humanitarian response in Nairobi, Kenya, for two years. Before that, he also spent time working in refugee resettlement in northern California, and a year teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand as a Princeton in Asia fellow.
Outside the classroom, Krishnan was the editor of Perspectives, the student-run publication of the International Development program. He also joined several study trips, including the career trek to Geneva, Switzerland, and the study trip on post-conflict reconstruction in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Krishnan will soon be working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as a Regional Livelihoods Specialist based in Tunis, Tunisia and covering Francophone North Africa. His role will be to provide technical support to UNHCR and its partners in the region to design and implement projects that provide refugees and asylum-seekers with sustainable livelihoods opportunities.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Student Internship Spotlight - Katey Finnegan

Katey Finnegan (LASP MA '18) is currently interning with the government of Oaxaca, Mexico, working with the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Agriculture in their strategic planning to develop the mezcal value chain. Katey’s internship was one of fifteen regional placements that was secured and funded through Johns Hopkins  SAIS Latin American Studies Program. This past weekend she attended a forum for producers to discuss their most pressing challenges, and of course taste some mezcal.

Meeting with local mezcal producers.
I am currently interning for the Governor's staff in Oaxaca, Mexico as a policy intern. Specifically, I am working across ministries to coordinate an action plan to develop the mezcal industry in a way that benefits the small producers. I have been working with representatives from the Mexican Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Agriculture at the state level, as well as interviewing NGOs, small producers, and larger brands.

Mezcal is a spirit made from the agave plant. While tequila is made from only the blue agave, mezcal can be made from many different types of agave. Mezcal is deeply rooted in rural culture and the production process is highly artisanal (still involving fire pits for roasting and a donkey pulling a cement wheel for mashing the agave).


A competition  for the biggest "piña" (the part of the agave plant they use to produce mezcal).

Developing the mezcal industry is an absolutely fascinating case for rural development. While the drink is experiencing a boom in demand internationally, the level of production is incredibly underdeveloped. Most producers have little or no education, live in some of the most marginalized areas of the country, and produce right on the side of their homes. It is important for the industry to meet demand in a way that preserves the quality and culture of the drink. The hope is that by continuing to support the development of small producers, Oaxaca can use the mezcal boom to improve the economic livelihoods of these rural farmers and producers.


Forum for local maguey and mezcal producers.

I highly value this unique opportunity to work in the Mexican government, and it has already helped better define my desired career path after SAIS. Not only do I love the topic (Mezcal is really delicious!), but also this internship has solidified my interest in continuing a career path in rural employment and agricultural development.




Katey Finnegan 
LASP M.A. Student; 2017 LASP Summer Intern

Monday, July 17, 2017

Summerfest 2017


Looking to jump start your graduate school search? Join us for Summerfest! Alumni, students and staff from five top graduate programs in international affairs invite you to attend a reception this summer in New York City and Washington, D.C.  Join us to hear about graduate programs, career opportunities and to network with professionals in international affairs. Light refreshments will be served.

Representatives from the following graduate international affairs programs will be available:
  • Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
  • Georgetown University – Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Johns Hopkins University – The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Princeton University – The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
  • Tufts University – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Registration and tabling will open at 5:30 pm, and the presentation and alumni panel begins at 6:00 pm.
Summerfest 2017 New York City will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at:
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
International Affairs Building
420 W 118th St, Fl 15
New York, NY 10027

Summerfest 2017 Washington, D.C. will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at:
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
600 New Jersey Ave
Washington, DC 20001

For other upcoming recruiting events view our recruiting calendar here.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

You're Invited To Summerfest!

Getting a head start on the application process begins with doing your research. Summerfest is an opportunity to learn how an education at a top international affairs school can help you advance in your career, what kind of professional skills you’ll gain in a graduate program, and what the application process entails. You can speak with alumni of the five schools about their personal experience, or you can speak with an admissions officer one-on-one to ask questions about the application process. Each event will include a panel presentation with alumni from each program, as well as a networking reception where you will have the opportunity to speak with current students, alumni and admissions representatives from each school.



Institutions represented include:
  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
  • Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public Service
  • Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

This year, three receptions will be held:
  • Register for the June 22  Boston reception here.
  • Register for the July 25 Washington, D.C. reception here.
  • Register for the July 20 reception, held in New York City here.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Q&A With Recent Graduate Itt Thirarath (MA'17)

Recently we sat down with Itt Thirarath, a Master of Arts alumnus from Bangkok who, despite having walked across the commencement stage just seven days ago, is already set to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. During his time at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Itt was at the top of his program academically and served as president of the student-run Thai Club. Itt will begin working in his new position this month.




Where are you from and what brought you to Johns Hopkins SAIS?


I am from Bangkok, Thailand. I came to Johns Hopkins SAIS right after I finished my undergraduate degree at Chulalongkorn University. I chose the school because of its great reputation and its rigorous economics and language program. Another reason is because of the tight-knit group of alumni in Thailand (Johns Hopkins “SAIS Siam”) who kindly hosted a welcome party for the newly admitted students. They told us wonderful stories about their time at the school and their career. Their professional expertise and their strong sense of community certainly factored into my decision to come.

What are your academic and professional interests?


I have always aspired to become a diplomat. As an undergraduate student, I interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand in Bangkok and at the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Frankfurt, Germany. When I graduated from Chulalongkorn University, I received a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to pursue a degree in Middle East Studies. Hence, I was a dual concentrator, concentrating in Middle East Studies and Southeast Asia Studies (in addition to International Economics, which is required for all MA students). I focused on the relations between the two regions in general and between the Middle East and Thailand in particular. Such linkages include energy markets, food security, the role of Islam, terrorism, and maritime security.

What are some activities you were involved in as a student?


I was the president of the Thai Club during my second year. The Thai Club organizes a wide range of activities such as lecture series, movie night, cooking class, and trivia. I also participated in the Israel Trek during my second year, and it was one of my best experiences at Johns Hopkins SAIS. It was fascinating to learn about the country, its history and its people, to drive an ATV in Golan Heights, to explore a kibbutz next to the Gaza Strip, and to walk down the streets in the historical city of Jerusalem among many other things.

What advice would you give our new incoming students? Any special advice for international students?


My advice would be that they try to find a balance between school and life. While school is certainly very demanding, they should try to spend as much time as they can with their friends. In fact, it is the sense of community and long-lasting friendship that make Johns Hopkins SAIS so great and so special. For some international students, it might take a while to get used to the cultures in the U.S., but once you get used to it, you will find that life in the U.S. can be very enjoyable and that you would be able to call it a home. The environment is also very international and very accommodating to students from diverse backgrounds.

What would people be surprised to know about you?


When I graduated, I was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, which is the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the U.S.

What has surprised you the most being a student?


I came to Johns Hopkins SAIS knowing that I would meet some very talented individuals; however, the things that students had done prior to coming to the graduate school never ceased to amaze me. It is both an honor and a privilege to be among such talented peers, and it is even more interesting to see what great things they will be doing for the world in the future! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This Summer: Meet Alumni and Faculty Around The World

This summer, prospective students are invited to attend one of the following events around the world, to engage with alumni and faculty. Take this opportunity to do further research on Johns Hopkins SAIS and learn why our alumni chose to study economics, politics, security, and diplomacy at one of the most prestigious graduate schools of international affairs. Visit our Around the World web page for more details and to register for an event near you.

Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS.




















Beijing: June 1 

Join Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and Roger Leeds, Director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy, who will lead a discussion on China-specific topics covered in his recently published book, “Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets.” 

Singapore: June 7 

Join Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and Roger Leeds, Director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy, who will lead a discussion on “Private Equity Investing: Risks & Opportunities in Emerging Markets Compared to Western Countries."

Cape Town: June 22 

Join Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, who will lead an informal discussion on “The United States, Peace, and World Order” over dinner. 

Tokyo: August 5

Join Johns Hopkins alumni and Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, who will lead a discussion on “The United States, Peace, and World Order” over dinner and drinks."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Office Closure Alert: May 26-May 29

In observance of Commencement and Memorial Day, the Office of Admissions will be closed Friday, May 26 through Monday, May 29. Normal operations will resume Tuesday, May 30.