Welcome to a two-part interview featuring DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow Dmitri Blueschke, who leverages game theoretical models to understand state interactions in the confluence of economic and political interests. How does game theory modeling work? And what can it show us about U.S. tariff policies? Watch now to learn more!

Game Theory in IR: How Can We Model State Actors?

In this episode of "Four Minute Foreign Policy," FPI SAIS is pleased to introduce DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow Dmitri Bl...

Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute is pleased to introduce "Four Minute Foreign Policy," a series dedicated to providing accessible expert analysis of pressing global developments and starting public conversations on ever-evolving circumstances.

This week, FPI Senior Fellow Hafed Al Ghwell discusses two key sets of economic partnerships: those between China and the Middle East and those between the United States and the Middle East.

What are the prospects for China's expanding economic en...

There has been a surge in far-right groups and populist politicians driven by an ideology that suggests immigration is an unwelcome development of globalization. The most worrying aspect of this trend is that this fervor is now influencing key policy decisions, as governments increasingly bow to the pressure of raucous, even violent, protests urging an end to the flow of migrants.

As societies, cultures and languages became increasingly mixed in the pursuit of trade, some native-born residents an...

September 14, 2018


Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media


Dean Vali Nasr, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Opening remarks: 

Dr. Carla Freeman, Director of SAIS Foreign Policy Institute

Presented by the Dean's Forum and SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.

Event photographs (click here to view the full gallery)

This article examines the behavioural patterns of successive Canadian governments in responding to three takeover attempts of iconic high-value Canadian corporates by large state companies from China. The first is China Minmetals Corporation’s attempt to acquire Noranda in 2004–2005 during the Liberal government of Paul Martin, the second is China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s acquisition of Nexen in 2012 during the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, and the third is China Communic...

When the history of the first two decades of the 21st century is written, along with the paradigm shifts caused by 9/11, the Arab Spring and the Great Recession there will be noted a new-found appreciation for decentralized systems and, in particular, the cryptocurrencies they spawned.

There is some merit to the argument that the rise of Bitcoin, and a multitude of other cryptocurrencies, was a direct challenge to the centralized financial systems that failed to curb the abuses, greed and neglige...

If you went back in time for about three decades, any talk of Africa as an investment destination would have earned you mocking laughter and a raft of dismissals even in the highest levels of political and economic thought.

After decades of European colonialism and independence struggles, African nations still had to contend with the birthing pains of new socio-political orders that arrived in the wake of newly installed regimes which remained deeply tied to their former colonizers.

The Cold War d...

Before the 2011 revolution that deposed Hosni Mubarak, Egypt had undergone a few reform periods between 1991 and 2007 in an effort to reduce external debt and expand the role of the private sector.

As a result of those reforms, Egypt was able to relax some price controls, tackle double-digit inflation, reduce subsidies and cut taxes.

The government also liberalized trade and reduced barriers to investment, resulting in a reduced public sector footprint in the heavy industries. This ultimately open...

Relations between China and the Arab world are as simple as 1+2+3.

That’s the formulation conceived by Beijing two years ago in an official policy paper, with each number representing a different aspect of the relationship. The number 1 refers to the energy relationship, seen as a “core” aspect, while the number 2 refers to the two “wings” of infrastructure investment and the facilitation of trade, and the number 3 is a tripartite wish-list of “breakthroughs” of cooperation in the fields of clean...

A new reality has emerged on the world stage, and at the heart of it is Donald Trump’s leadership of the world’s largest economy and most powerful military.

Before Trump’s ascent, most of the world had settled into a peculiar cycle every four to eight years, depending on which Republican or Democrat occupied the White House. While there were some policy differences, American presidents inherited a world order created by generations of Americans before them. 

US leaders knew that system well and wo...

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