Thursday, April 27, 2017

Making D.C. Home

Searching for housing can be stressful, especially in an unfamiliar city. As is often the case with these things, I simply got lucky – my colleague had a friend who needed a new roommate for his two-bedroom apartment, and she thought we would be a good match. I happened to be going to DC for my college reunion a couple of weeks later, so made the time to meet him and visit the apartment. At the time, I didn’t think the location was ideal, but the place was beautiful and he and I hit it off. Knowing how particular I am about cleanliness and maintaining a certain (calm) home environment, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. Soon after, I signed a lease – and just this week, I renewed it for another year!

My story’s happy ending perhaps belies the stress that preceded it! You might be feeling overwhelmed by the time and research required to find a place – not to mention the uncertainty, if you’re outside the city and/or bunking up with strangers. But don’t despair! My experience should also serve to reassure you that things do work out. While August may seem far away, the best way to reduce stress and maximize your options is to get an early start. Begin getting the word out to your friends and family that you’ll be moving to DC soon. Even if you don’t know anyone in the city you might, like me, have a friend who does! While I know plenty of people who have had great luck finding roommates on sites like Craigslist, I’ve always preferred connecting with or through people I know. Also be sure to check out the resources that SAIS offers and link up through your class Facebook group. Those are great places to learn about the neighborhoods in DC and about potential openings.

I love taking advantage of my rooftop when the weather gets nice

To narrow down your search, think about what is most important to you. Is it proximity to campus? Access to public transportation? A dishwasher? Your own bathroom? If you can’t visit an apartment in person, be sure to request actual pictures (not “stock photos”) or even video tours. Then, think about your ideal roommate. Do you want to live with one person, or with a group? With fellow students or SAIS outsiders? Someone who likes to host parties and socialize, or someone more introverted? Most importantly, be absolutely honest with the person or people you’re considering living with. What are your deal-breakers? Where are you willing to compromise? What does a “clean” apartment look like to you and how do you expect to share the responsibility of maintaining it? Being frank about these things before making a commitment can help prevent conflicts in the future.

Good luck to you with the housing search! The best news is that DC is a great city to live in, with each neighborhood offering its own advantages. I don’t think you can go wrong!

Thanks for reading,
Daphe (Student Blogger)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FAQs: The Reply Deadline & What Happens Next

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-fellowship recipient, you're probably wondering how to make sure everything is completed on time. Here are some frequently asked questions surrounding the reply process. 

When is the deadline exactly, exactly? Like I mean EXACTLY...
We want to begin this answer by discouraging waiting until the very last minute. But because we receive this question so frequently we'll go ahead and answer it. The May 1st deadline refers to Thursday, May 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., your local time. Remember, the Candidate Reply Form and matriculation payment must arrive in our office no later than the deadline -- so plan accordingly, especially if you're sending a check through snail mail postal service.

How can I confirm that you received my response?
After you submit the online form, you should receive an email confirming that your submission has been received. If you don't receive this email, check your spam folder and alternate email addresses. If you still can't find it, you can call us and we'll check for you. It's pretty common for the email to end up in spam folders, so do check before giving us a call. The direct line for the Office of Admissions is 202.663.5700.

When will I receive my JHU email address and access to the matriculated student portal?
Candidates who accept their offer by the deadline will receive their Johns Hopkins University email address, identification number and access to the matriculated student portal in mid-May. This portal includes a checklist to complete prior to enrolling at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Will there be a new Facebook group for new students?
Yes, it will be made available in June and it will be managed by the Office of Student Life, rather than by the Office of Admissions. The private group will be exclusive to those who officially accepted our offer of admission.

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. 

Thank you for reading!

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. Among the most cherished traditions is 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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Let’s talk advice…

Hi Everyone! Although the deadline to choose a graduate school is still a couple weeks away for some of you, I wanted to take some time to give advice to those of you who have (or will) decide to matriculate at SAIS. One of my biggest regrets from last year was not taking advantage of all of the resources SAIS has to offer outside of academics. I’ve mentioned this in some of my earlier blogs but, during my first semester at SAIS, I didn’t really take advantage of any of the social activities (networking sessions and happy hours for example) SAIS had to offer. My life revolved pretty much around academics and, as a consequence, I missed out on making connections with people who really could have helped ease my transition from undergraduate to graduate school.

Although it is undeniable that academics are important, it is also important to note that networking and making connections is very valuable to your graduate school experience. The beginning of your first semester is when everyone is trying to mingle and make connections so definitely go out there and meet as many people as you can during that time!

Denise B.
MA Student Blogger

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Legendary Johns Hopkins SAIS - Georgetown MSFS Debate: Results Are In

Continuing a long tradition, Johns Hopkins SAIS students and Georgetown Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) students went neck-and-neck on April 7 in a a fast-paced, professionally judged debate.

The annual SAIS-MSFS debate was established years ago in an effort to bring MSFS and SAIS students together for intellectually rigorous discussion. It has since become a highly anticipated tradition full of friendly competition, school spirit, and academic networking. Each event, an interesting, controversial and debatable motion is decided jointly by representatives from both schools. This year's motion: the world should welcome the retrenchment of the United States. Last year Johns Hopkins SAIS took home the trophy, breaking a 5-year losing streak. This year, SAIS defended the title with another hard earned win.

On behalf of the SAIS Debate Club, we would like to extend our sincerest thank you to the Georgetown participants. It is always a pleasure bringing together students from some of Washington's most promising International Relations programs for a night full of intellect and partisanship. Both teams did a fantastic job, and we're looking forward to continuing the tradition again next year.

This year's debate was hosted at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Washington campus

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Behind Every Vietnam Trip Is A Research Topic

For Throwback Thursday, we have a retroactive guest post from Rachel Minogue, a Master of Arts student concentrating in International Law and Organizations. This winter break, Rachel and a group of her peers traveled to Vietnam to dive deep into issues surrounding Vietnam’s political climate (and...apparently into the waters of the Halong Bay). Thanks to Rachel for the phenomenal piece, it's really a great read!

SAISers enjoy an afternoon swim in the waters of Halong Bay

Just as winter in DC hit below freezing, I joined a group of SAIS students in escaping the frost to a study trip in Vietnam. For just over a week, we had the privilege to attend almost a dozen meetings with Vietnamese government agencies and non-governmental organizations while exploring Hanoi, a city unfamiliar to most of the students. The week’s broad topical agenda had special emphasis on the South China Sea dispute, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and illegal wildlife trade. 

Organized by International Law Program Director Ruth Wedgwood and Associate Director Tiffany Basciano and sponsored by a grant from the Starr Foundation, the trip allowed face-to-face interaction with Vietnamese officials from the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Industry and Trade, and Natural Resources and Environment. The group also met with intergovernmental organizations, including the EU-Multilateral Trade Assistance Project and the International Labor Organization, think tanks like the Institute for East Sea Studies, and local and global non-governmental organizations, such as the Education for Nature – Vietnam and the Wildlife Conservation Society. One particular highlight, however, was speaking with Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and alumnus of SAIS. The trip leaders also organized a happy hour with SAIS alums living in Hanoi, who shared their experiences working in Vietnam and provided ample advice on our future careers.

Though directed by the International Law and Organizations program, the trip included students from a diverse group of relevant concentrations, including Southeast Asia Studies, Conflict Management, China Studies, and Energy, Resources, and the Environment. This assortment allowed for a unique fusion of interests and excellent conversations with Vietnamese officials.

Behind every student’s Vietnam experience is a research topic that drove the discussions during the daily meetings. Subjects vary widely, ranging from Vietnam’s balancing of relations with China and the U.S., the country’s role in international arbitration under the U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea, labor and environmental reforms as a result of TPP, and impacts of deforestation, urban planning, and air pollution on Vietnam’s environment. However, after several rounds of meetings, we quickly realized the critical ties between all our areas of research, and the important implications of each set of Vietnamese policies on the success and failure of others. 

Four SAISers explore a traditional Bahnar communal house
at Vietnam Museum of Ethnography
Students not only utilized the meetings to delve deeper into Vietnam’s political climate, but also found inspiration for new areas of research. During a morning discussion on illegal wildlife trafficking with the Wildlife Conservation Society, current M.A. second year Ashley Patton was struck by how Vietnam’s Doi Moi economic reforms of the 1980s influenced respect for both the environment and human rights in the country. She now looks forward to further evaluating the historical and current costs of Vietnamese economic development.

As proficient travelers, SAIS students know well how to maximize their time in a city, and Vietnam was no exception. The group was extremely proactive in filling all extra hours with city tours, museum visits, and culinary adventures. Highlights included a visit to the Hanoi Hilton, where Vietnamese and Americans alike were imprisoned in the past, and a tour of Hanoi’s famed street food scene. While the group enjoyed many a banh mi and pho for dinner, Trang Dang, a first year M.A. student from Vietnam, helped the group find authentic Vietnamese cuisine throughout Hanoi. Students also enjoyed Hanoi’s leisure activities, including Vietnamese massages at local spas, weekend night markets, and literal street-side bars.

The group also participated in a weekend cruise through Halong Bay, regarded by many as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Students who entered the trip as relative strangers bonded through swims in turquoise waters, misguided kayaking adventures to rocky, bug-ridden beaches, and poor singing to Vietnamese karaoke.

Several students, myself included, extended their stay to explore other regions in Vietnam or neighboring countries. One trekked through the woods of Laos, another to the beaches of Phu Quoc, while one enjoyed a rural Vietnamese homestay at Mai Chau. I preferred the hectic metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, where preparations for the Vietnamese New Year celebrations of Tet were speeding along as fast as the city’s endless supply of motorbikes.

Looking forward, in addition to a paper on their chosen research topics, students will present their findings from the trip at a public presentation in April 2017. We look forward to sharing our experiences and new political and cultural awareness of Vietnam with the broader SAIS community, and encourage all those interested in further engagement with Vietnam to attend the event! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Advice to Incoming Students (From A Current Student)

There are a lot of tips I could offer to new students – connect with professors, form homework groups, do the networking thing, join campus clubs but also find your own things outside Johns Hopkins SAIS, go to the happy hours…! But the most important piece of advice I’d pass along is the one I, myself, received from a former colleague. 

As I was getting ready to come to SAIS, she told me: don’t just be a passive learner; rather, be an active contributor to your graduate education. What she meant was that in the five years I’d spent working after college, I had acquired a wealth of new knowledge and experience that would not only change my own attitude and approach to learning, but would allow me to share a unique perspective from which my classmates could learn. And, indeed, it goes both ways; unlike in an undergraduate program, graduate students come from a much wider range of ages and backgrounds, professional and personal. That means that – as brilliant as our SAIS professors are! – much of the teaching and learning here comes from interactions with fellow students. Of course, this isn’t to say that those of you coming right from undergrad have any less to offer. You, too, have a comparative advantage, having been recently steeped in the intellectual foundations and academic discussions of the issues we’re studying; the rest of us may not have engaged with these topics in that way in years, and are eager to find out what we’ve missed!

The point, ultimately, is to come to SAIS with confidence and an open mind. Remember that you were admitted not just because the selection committee thought you could get something out of this program, but because they believed you could contribute something meaningful to it. So think about what it is that you can bring to SAIS, as well as what you want to learn from your peers and professors, and come ready to shape your education. I’ll look forward to learning from you next year!

Daphne P.
MA Student Blogger

Monday, April 10, 2017

When The Tables Turn And It's Your Turn...

We reviewed your application, concluded that you were a strong fit for our program, and rendered an admissions decision. You attended our Admitted Student Open House, spoke with current students, and weighed your graduate school options. Now it's your turn to do the deciding.

If you decide to accept our offer of admission, you're probably wondering how and when to make your acceptance official, and what happens once you do.


Accept or decline your offer by the deadline. 

If you are accepting your offer of admission, please complete the Online Candidate’s Reply Form, which can accessed by logging into your Hobson’s Apply Yourself account, and submit a $500 matriculation fee payment to the Admissions Office. Payment can be made via credit card or e-check online when submitting your Candidate's Reply Form. These materials must arrive in our office no later than Thursday, April 20, 2017 (for candidates with fellowship aid) or Monday, May 1, 2017 (for candidates without fellowship aid).

Accept your Financial Aid Offer by the deadline.


If you are accepting Financial Aid, you will also need to accept accept your financial aid offer. To view and accept your financial aid award, log into the Hopkins Net Partner System. If you choose to accept your financial aid offer, please do so by April 20.

Receive Your Hopkins JHED ID in Mid-May. 

You will not receive your Hopkins log in credentials right away. Rather, candidates who accept their offer will receive their Johns Hopkins University email address, identification number and access to the matriculated student portal in the in mid-May. This portal will include a checklist to complete prior to enrolling.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Next Week At Johns Hopkins SAIS: April 10-14

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.

Award-winning novelist and JHU Alumna Chimamanda Adichie is to visit campus April 14
Monday, April 10
Please join the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS Johns Hopkins and the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) for coffee and a lively conversation with Lady Catherine Ashton, moderated by Teri Shultz.
Please join Dean Vali Nasr and distinguished panelists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for a discussion of "Pakistan Today: The Case for U.S.-Pakistan Relations," a new policy study by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli and Shahid Javed Burki, published by the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. Copies of the report are available to conference attendees.
Friday, April 14
The landscape of political economies across Africa continue to change as women, and other historically marginalized populations, seek greater access to markets, state resources, and power within the state-society terrain. This conference will explore the power of gender in shaping (re)distributive priorities within the state, which remain wide-ranging across questions of political power and access to material resources.
The conference agenda examines opportunities and challenges regarding women’s access to resources, as well as their capacity to affect distribution. Panelists will explore these issues within civil society, through women’s political participation and policy making, and in the forms of political alliances that condition women’s access to power.
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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Johns Hopkins SAIS Welcomes 2017's New Students During The Admitted Student Open House

Hundreds of newly admitted students gathered on campus
April 5 for the Admitted Student Open House
On Wednesday, April 5, Johns Hopkins SAIS welcomed hundreds of newly admitted applicants to the SAIS community during the annual Admitted Student Open House. Faculty, alumni, current students, and staff joined the new students for a day full of programming, which included information sessions, discussion panels, lunch with faculty, and an evening networking reception.

For our guests, the day began at 8:45 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast, followed by a welcome address keynoted by Dean Vali Nasr. In welcoming the new students, Nasr emphasized the need for globally-minded policymakers in today's increasingly complex world. "Who the policy makers are," he said, "is just as important as the policy we make."

Michael Vickers, SAIS alumnus and former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, joined Dean Vali Nasr on stage following the welcome address for a discussion and Q&A session on national defense and intelligence during the Obama Administration.

Michael Vickers and Vali Nasr discussed national defense during the Dean's Welcome
David Lampton moderated the faculty panel
After Dr. Vickers concluded the session, eight faculty took the stage to share why they chose Johns Hopkins SAIS, why they've stayed so long, and why they hope to see our newly admitted students in the Fall. Panelists included David Lampton, Eliot Cohen, Jessica Fanzo, Tanvi Nagpal, Jamie Marquez, Sarah Parkinson, and David Plummer.

At 12:30, guests broke to have lunch with faculty and students belonging to their intended areas of study before going on to participate in a variety of breakout sessions, which included panels on Financial Aid, Career Services, Diversity and Intersectionality, Academic Planning, and more.

To conclude the day, a panel of six alumni participated in an hour long discussion and Q&A session. Featured on the panel were Thy Ramia (MA'05, Booz Allen Hamilton), Brittany Minor (MA'11, RTI International), Margaux Fimbres (Certificate/MA'15/HNC'11, U.S. Department of Energy), Jeremy Reyes (MIPP'11, Leidos),  Zirra Banu (MA'15, World Bank Group), and Bruch Schulman (MA'98, NGP Energe Technology Partners). Afterward, the alumni panelists joined guests and current students for an evening reception.

Missed the Admitted Student Open House?

Attend April's virtual information sessions

We will host Virtual Information Sessions throughout April covering everything from Financial Aid to Career Services. Visit the admitted student portal (which can be accessed via your decision letter) for details. 

Speak with a current student

Email us at, letting us know you'd like to meet a current student. To expedite the process, include which degree program you have been admitted to and which concentration you are interested in pursuing.
Visit a class. The registration calendar can be accessed here. Attendees must register at least one week in advance.

Sit in on a class

Admitted Students can experience the quality of the school's students and professors by attending a class. Class visits are available during the academic year, September through May. To schedule a class visit, sign up via your MySAIS page.

View more pictures of the Admitted Student Open House here on our Facebook page.

Johns Hopkins SAIS 2017 Commencement Speaker Announcement

We are pleased to announce the 2017 commencement speaker, Mr. Darren Walker.

Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy, and for two decades has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and chairs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance.

Prior to joining Ford, he was Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation where he managed the rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of Harlem’s largest community development organization, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Darren oversaw a comprehensive revitalization program of central Harlem, including over 1,000 new units of housing. He had a decade long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS. He is a member of the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island and serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, the High Line, the Arcus Foundation and PepsiCo. Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” the highest honor given by his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, TIME magazine named him to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of ten honorary degrees and university awards.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Conversation with General Michael Hayden

On April 4, General Michael Hayden joined Dean Vali Nasr and the Johns Hopkins SAIS community for a conversation about national security. The conversation started with the acknowledgment that we may be witnessing a meltdown of the American-led post-WWII liberal order. In this new world, Hayden sees potential existential threats from states he terms “ambitious, brutal, and nuclear.”

For a summary of the event, a recording, and more pictures, please visit The Recap, a SAIS run blog which captures important events across our three campuses. Visit regularly for summaries, videos, and photos of our world-class events.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Admitted Student Open House Is Tomorrow - Some Tips

Tomorrow is a big day. While the Admitted Student Open House is great opportunity for us to meet you, it is really an opportunity for you to interact with deans, faculty, alumni, current students, and administrators. During tomorrow's day-long event, you will learn about our world class faculty, unique academic offerings and professional opportunities offered by SAIS. Current students and alumni will also be on hand to talk about their experiences at all three of our campuses located in Washington, D.C., Bologna, Italy and Nanjing, China. To prepare for tomorrow, here are some things you can do.

Review the schedule of events tonight

Once you arrive, you will be given a booklet that contains the program schedule. But we still encourage you to glance over the schedule sometime tonight to get a general idea of what will be happening and when. The schedule of events can be accessed on the admitted student website.

Dress to Impress

Our professional photographer will be on site to take complimentary headshots, so dress accordingly. Most attendees will wear business casual, some will dress up a little more. Go with what you'd prefer. Just keep in mind that you may need to walk one or two blocks since since breakout sessions will be located in each of our three buildings.

Get Updates and Tweet using #NextGenSAIS

This is our official Open House hashtag this year. We will tweet out reminders about upcoming Open House activities throughout the day which you can receive by adding us on Twitter. Remember to take pictures and tweet throughout the day so your fellow admits who can't make it can see what's going on. We'll have a Instagram prop too, if that's your thing. We'll also take candid photos to share in an album on our Admitted Student Facebook group.

Use WMATA's Metrorail and Metrobus Trip Planning Tools

If you're not native to the District and you plan to travel via Metro, I would recommend reviewing the Metro map ahead of time. The Dupont Circle stop, which operates along the red line and the Farragut West stop, which operates along the orange line are the two stop closet to campus. If you plan to travel via Metro, plan to walk a few blocks from your stop to campus - maybe 5-15 minutes. The metro map can be accessed on WMATA's website here via the Trip Planning tools. The Metro's trip planning tools provide itineraries and service alerts for trips on Metrorail and Metrobus.

Meet these People

The entire Washington Office of Admissions team will be in attendance, including our Assistant Dean of Global Enrollment and Recruitment, our Associate Director of Admissions, our Assistant Directors, our Admissions Aide and Coordinator, and our Director of Executive Education Recruitment. Feel free to say hello and ask us questions, we'll wear name-tags. Our Director of Admissions for SAIS Europe, who flew in today from Italy, will also be in attendance. Selfies are welcome.  Also, our alumni panelists, current students, and staff will join you for the Evening Reception. The reception will be a good opportunity to meet some of them and chat (when you're mouth isn't full with appetizers of course).

Dress for the Weather

70°F (21°C).