There is no mistaking which country is the driving force behind the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).  At the official launch in January 2016, the inaugural AIIB president, Jin Liqun, remarked, “in October 2013, His Excellency, President Xi Jinping, proposed a vision for a multilateral financial institution designed to improve the livelihoods of Asia’s people through investment in infrastructure and enhanced regional connectivity.  President Xi’s invitation...

March 30, 2016

China’s One Belt, One Road Strategy (aka OBOR) is “easy to say, hard to do,” according to Professor Liu Mingkang, the first Chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission. Liu discussed the implications of the massive Asian infrastructure development projects planned under OBOR at a Johns Hopkins SAIS conference March 29, sponsored by SAIS China and the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) in Hong Kong. Now a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, L...

March 23, 2016

Dean Vali Nasr, the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, and the International Monetary Fund hosted a panel discussion on Long-Term Growth Prospects in the Middle East and Central Asia with Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, IMF; Mr. Masood Ahmed, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, IMF; Dr. Uri Dadush, Senior Associate and Director of the International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Senior Fellow, OCP Policy Center, Rabat Morocco; Mr. Hung...

March 9, 2016

The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute presents a discussion with Ambassador Chas Freeman (USFS, Ret.) led by Dr. Daniel Serwer on Recovering Diplomatic Agility

How does diplomacy further American foreign policy goals around the world and what should its role be in our increasingly connected and social global society? What tools are currently being utilized in American foreign diplomacy? What tools should be?

Ambassador Freeman is a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International...

Photo:  Author, road crossing jungles through central Uganda, 2011.

The Zika virus has been grabbing headlines for nearly a year now with reports of its rapid spread in Latin America and its possible links to serious birth defects and illnesses in children and adults.  However, the Zika virus itself is not new.  Zika is named after a forest near the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe where the virus was first isolated from monkeys in 1947.  Then, as indeed today, infection generally prod...

March 3, 2016

Dean Vali Nasr and the Foreign Policy Institute presented The Future of the Global Economy with Dr. Paul Achleitner Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG

Moderated by Dr. John Lipsky, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute.

Born 1956 in Linz, Austria, Paul Achleitner was educated at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and Harvard Business School (HBS). He holds a Ph.D. from HSG and an honorary professorship from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management.After four years at Bain & Co...

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