A Conversation on American Foreign Policy in the Middle East & South Asia with Dean Nasr and Amb

Please join Dean Nasr and FPI Senior Fellow Ambassador Tahir-Kheli for a discussion on American foreign policy towards the Middle East. The event will take place over a light breakfast and last for 45 minutes. We will discuss the future of the region, the state of American diplomacy, as well as the Dean’s experiences as an advisor to senior policymakers and world leaders. Dr. Vali Nasr, in addition to being Dean of SAIS, is a member of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board of the U.S. Department of State. He served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke between 2009 and 2011. He has previously served as Senior Fellow at the Coun

Forum on U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security: A Conversation with William J. Burns

Dean Vali Nasr and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute invite you to A Conversation with William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Moderated by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy

What Is American Foreign Policy in the Middle East?

Originally posted in Dr. Kadhim's blog, at here. The longstanding United States foreign policy in the Middle East has been focused on a few basic principles: (1) ensuring Israel’s security, (2) supporting the stability of key friendly regimes, (2) protecting the flow of Gulf oil into the world market, and (4) combating terrorism (used to be the containment of Communism before the Soviet collapse). The current U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is showing all symptoms of long term failure. Setting aside the despotic regimes in the Persian Gulf and Jordan, there are no real partners the U.S. can count on – the relation with Israel is one-way and has no added value to the U.S. standing in

Restructuring Finance for a New Global Economy

Moderated by Dr. John Lipsky, Senior Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute Bertrand Badré, was appointed in 2013 as the Managing Director for Finance and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer (MDCFO). Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Badré was the Group Chief Financial Officer at Société Générale. He also served as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Crédit Agricole from July 2007 to July 2011. Between 2004 and 2007, Mr. Badré was Managing Director of Lazard in Paris responsible for the Financial Services Group. In 2003, he was invited to join President Chirac’s diplomatic team and was closely involved in the preparation of the G8 summit in Evian. Mr. Badré is a graduate of ENA (Eco

Debating Russia's Aims in Syria

There is a debate within U.S. policy circles about Russian president Vladimir Putin's strategy in Syria. While all agree that Putin intervened to shore up the faltering regime of Bashar al-Assad, there are at least two interpretations of what Putin's ultimate objective is. Secretary of State John Kerry seems to be in the camp that believes the Russian intervention is part of a strategy to strengthen the Syrian state’s hand at the negotiating table. This in turn could provide a pathway for Assad himself to eventually exit Syria as part of a transition that leaves the state intact and the terrorists defeated. The second camp is skeptical about that reading and believes that the Russian preside

The UN in the New Global Landscape

Dean Vali Nasr and the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute hosted a presentation on The UN in the New Global Landscape with His Excellency Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. The event was moderated by Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute. Born in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1940, Jan Eliasson was an exchange student in the United States from 1957 to 1958. He graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1962 and earned a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1965. Eliasson served as Diplomatic Adviser to the Swedish Prime Minister from 1982 to 1983, and as Director General for Political Affairs in the Swedish M

Marine Peace Park Plan Offers Promise for South China Sea

This article originally appeared in the Geopolitical Monitor on October 25, 2015. View it here. Academics, marine biologists, retired military personnel, senior State Department officials, and NGOs continue to add their voices to a growing Washington chorus on the complex and challenging South China Sea (SCS) territorial disputes. At a recent Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies Program, “Promoting Sustainable Usage of the Oceans–Security, Collaboration and Development,” The Maritime Alliance in collaboration with Foreign Policy Institute, addressed a range of topics, including promoting sustainable ocean development, global collaboration for sustainability an

A Conversation on Public Diplomacy with Amb. Holliday and Dr. Serwer

How effective is the United States at countering ISIS’s narrative? How can it do better? How does public diplomacy further American foreign policy goals around the world and what should its role be in our increasingly connected and social global society? Please join Ambassador Stuart Holliday and Professor Serwer for a discussion on public diplomacy’s role in American foreign policy. Ambassador Stuart Holliday is President and CEO of Meridian International Center, a leading non-partisan public diplomacy institution. He has served as U.S. Ambassador for Special Political Affairs at the United Nations. His portfolio included responsibility for U.S. policy on U.N. peacekeeping, sanctions, and c

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