This week, FPI SAIS is pleased to introduce outgoing Visiting Scholar Rasmus Sinnemaa, who sat down with us to discuss his experience, plans, and advice for potential future visiting scholars, offering a candid look behind the scenes at life as a visiting international researcher in Washington, DC. A first-hand perspective for all international scholars interested in joining and working with FPI!

In our next installment of "Four Minute Foreign Policy," Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute is pleased to introduce Senior Fellow Maureen White, former Senior Advisor on Humanitarian Issues to Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke in the State Department's Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

What distinguishes fragile states that devolve into conflict and those that do not? "The answer is not simple..." but we can identify key catalysts. Listen now to learn more,...

September 28, 2018

"Hollowing Out the State: Status and Redistributive Politics in Colonial India" featuring:

Pavithra Suryanarayan, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins SAIS

in conversation with:

Bilal Baloch, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) and Non-Resident Fellow, Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.

Click here to listen to the podcast on SoundCloud.

"Democratic publics can make mistakes, but if they fail to correct those mistakes, they are in deep trouble."

From the standpoint of a political scientist who has studied democracies around the world, Donald Trump from the beginning has seemed to pose a threat to the American system unlike any president in living memory, willing to use his mandate as a democratically elected leader to weaken the check-and-balance institutions of the American constitutional system. In January 2017, however, as Tru...

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...

February 7, 2018

The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and the SAIS Master of Arts in Global Policy Program jointly presented the launch event of "Governance and Accountability in India,"an FPI Study in Policy.

Attendees joined for breakfast and a conversation featuring four of the paper's co-authors and India experts Dr. Bilal Baloch and Dr. Irfan Nooruddin.


Dr. Daniel S. Markey, Johns Hopkins SAIS


Devynn Birx-Raybuch, SAIS MAGP '16
Wang Guan, SAIS MAGP '16

Shauna Marvel, SAIS MAGP '16


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 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...

February 18, 2016

A roundtable discussion was hosted by the Centre for International Governance (CIGI) and the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. It focused on the connection between China's domestic political economy drivers of its new activism in foreign financial policy. The rountdtable discussed the domestic sources of the "going out" strategy, the role of China's domestic institutions in shaping its economic, an...

October 30, 2014

Volume two is finally here, complement the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institution, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so‐called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out.

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