Friday, August 30, 2013

Welcome, New SAISers!

The SAIS campus has been all a-buzz this past week as we welcomed our new students for Orientation.  A number of returning second-year M.A. students participated in the SAIS Leads Leadership Development earlier in the week, while our M.I.P.P. students worked on case studies and leadership exercises in their new student Orientation.  Our first-year M.A. students joined us on Thursday for a variety of sessions, some school-wide and others were smaller and program-specific, and today (Friday) second-year M.A. students returning to DC from SAIS Europe were welcomed with their own orientation to the DC campus.
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– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Concentration Profile: Russia and Eurasia Studies

The role that Russia, and Eurasian countries, play in world politics has changed drastically since SAIS was founded in 1943, and the Russia and Eurasian Studies concentration allows students to develop a better understanding of the issues affecting the region today.

Dr. Bruce Parrott, SAIS professor and Director of the Russia and Eurasia Studies program discusses the challenges facing the region today.
To hear Dr. Parrott discuss the program further, click here.
Students in the Russian and Eurasian Studies program have the option of studying at either SAIS Bologna or SAIS DC for their first year, and all students spend their second year in Washington, DC.  In addition to on-campus lectures and research opportunities, the Russian and Eurasian Studies program offers summer internship opportunities to students through cooperation with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
To learn more about the Russia and Eurasian Studies program, please click here.
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— Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions
To read previous entries in this series, please click here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SAISers in the News: Armen Sahakyan

One of our new incoming MA students, Armen Sahakyan, was featured in The Kalona News recently.
Check it out here.
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– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hello from Saudi Arabia, Part II

On Tuesday, we posted about the Admissions Director’s trip to Saudi Arabia.  Last night, James Smith, the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, hosted a reception for the reps participating in the International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education.  Some pictures of the festivities are shared below.
If you’re in Saudi Arabia, there’s still time to attend the IECHE exhibition - the last day is Friday, April 19.
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– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions

Friday, August 2, 2013

Strategic Studies Staff Ride: A SAIS Tradition

The Johns Hopkins University Gazette recently published an article about the legendary SAIS Strategic Studies staff rides, which have been a SAIS tradition since 1998. 
This year’s staff ride brought SAIS faculty member and Vietnam War veteran Thomas Keaney back to Vietnam for the first time in 42 years.
On the Vietnam trip, Keaney portrayed himself and gave his presentation at a military museum in Hanoi. Not wanting just to recount war stories, he focused instead on characterizing his role and daily life during wartime. Keaney told one story of a day he spent more than an hour locked in traffic traveling from his residence in Quy Nhon to the air base where he would later launch a fighter strike. “It just struck me, the irony of fighting traffic and dodging motor scooters on the way to a battle,” he says. Keaney also talked about the friends he lost in the war, and what it was like to return home to a country divided.
Eliot Cohen, director of Strategic Studies at SAIS, explains why these staff rides are so important to an education in military strategy.
From Cohen’s point of view, the staff rides are all about such exposure to the human element of war: the fears, hopes, convictions, and uncertainties of combatants and those on the periphery.
Learn more about this year’s staff ride and how this tradition began, you can read the original article here
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– Erin Skelly Cameron, Associate Director of Admissions