The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks report produced a risk interconnection map that charts out an increasingly integrated and hyper-connected set of problems across multiple dimensions. Risks traditionally categorized as environmental risks can act as both a trigger and recipient to other risks including those that are economic, geopolitical, societal, and technological.


The end of the Cold War brought a new dimension to the study of international security. The Cold War framed inter...

April 21, 2016

Dean Vali Nasr and the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute hosted a discussion on "Global Governance: An Assessment" with Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission.

This event was moderated by Professor Pravin Krishna, Chung Ju Yung, Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business.

Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia has served as a high-level government official in India, as well as with the IMF and the World Bank. He has been a key figure...

April 19, 2016

The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute presents a discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel A. Reifsnyder, led by Dr. Lynn Wagner (’91, PhD ’98) on Challenges in Environmental Diplomacy.

What are the challenges in conducting environmental diplomacy? How does it differ from the usual practice of US diplomacy? How are historic agreements, such as the recent Paris agreement, negotiated?

Dr. Reifsnyder has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment in the State De...

April 15, 2016

Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial Lecture Series, Foreign Policy Institute, and International Development Program Development Roundtable presents:

Asian Economic Outlook and the Roles of the Asian Development Bank with Takehiko Nakao President and Chairperson, Board of Directors

President Nakao will discuss the economic situations and outlook for Asia, as well as the policy challenges of Asian developing countries. The lecture will include the roles of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in promoting deve...

April 14, 2016

The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute hosted a conversation with Michele Wucker about her latest book "The Gray Rhino: A New Framework for Foreign Policy Risks," moderated by Jeff Leonard.

A "gray rhino" is a highly probable, high impact yet neglected threat: kin to both the giant but ignored elephant in the room and the improbable, unforeseeable black swan. Gray rhinos are not random surprises, but occur after a series of warnings and visib...

April 13, 2016

Dean Vali Nasr and the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute hosted a discussion on “Prospects for an Economic Growth Rebound in Southeast Asia” With Gita Wirjawan, Chairman, Ancora Group and Founder, Ancora Foundation.

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

Mr. Gita Wirjawan is the Chairman of Ancora Group, an Indonesian group with interests in private equity investing, natural resources, real estate, sports, and music, which he founded in 200...

When societies urbanize and industrialize rapidly, it is common for feelings of nationalism to surge among the citizenry in general, and among college students and military officers in particular.  We humans have a strong need to identify ourselves with a larger group (perhaps because our ancient ancestors hunted in packs, like wolves, not alone, like tigers, so individual survival required being a member of a pack, and success for the pack required the strong identification of each member with...

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