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November 18, 2015

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 St...

November 18, 2015

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 Servi...

November 16, 2015


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....

November 13, 2015

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...

November 12, 2015

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 h...

November 6, 2015

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...

November 5, 2015

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 Develop...

November 4, 2015

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 di...

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