The Betty Lou Hummel Memorial Lecture

School of Advanced International Studies

Washington, DC

April 9, 2019

Why America Matters

Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns

Congratulations to my friend, Dean Vali Nasr, for all he is doing to strengthen SAIS and to envision a new future here in Washington D.C. for this great school.

Many thanks to my Foreign Service colleague, Professor Eric Edelman, for being here. Thanks, as well, to Professor Carla Freeman.

It is an honor to give the Betty Lou Hummel Memorial Lec...

February 1, 2019

Welcome to a special three-part Four Minute Foreign Policy series on the INF, which ran from Monday, January 28 to Friday, February 2, when the United States moved to allow the INF Treaty to expire following controversy over Russian missile development. FPI Fellow Jeffrey Pryce breaks down the history, contemporary controversy, and consequences of the INF and its potential abrogation.

The INF: Origins and Impact (Pt. I)

On February 2, 2019, many expect that the United States will move to end the h...

It has only been a few days since the New Year fireworks lit up the skies of many of the world’s cities. For a brief moment, it was possible to forget the tumult and flurry of activity that marked the end of 2018, and focus on the festivities.

Unfortunately, not even the arrival of a new year is likely to aid any efforts to temper rising volatility, fractious diplomacy, political headwinds, tepid markets and, generally speaking, a world on the brink. Regardless of the causes of the alarming deve...

Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute is pleased to launch the new year with the next entry in our "Four Minute Foreign Policy," series, dedicated to providing accessible expert analysis of pressing global developments and starting public conversations on ever-evolving circumstances.

John-Michael Arnold, a DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow at SAIS FPI, introduces his work on strategic shocks. From the fall of the Soviet Union, to the September 11th attacks, to the Arab Spring uprisings, to the Russ...

September 17, 2018

Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

Moderated by Carla P. Freeman, Associate Research Professor of China Studies and Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited the Johns Hopkins SAIS community to deliver remarks on the lifetime achievements of Zbigniew Brzezinski. Dr. Brzezinski, or "ZBig" as he was familiarly known to colleagues and students, served as the National Security Advisor to Preside...

The President’s astonishing musings about Montenegro say less about the Balkans – and more about his worrying attempt to re-orientate US foreign policy away from its old allies towards Russia. 

It did not take long for President Donald Trump to give the lie to his pledge of fealty to NATO at the conclusion of last week’s Brussels summit.  

In an interview with Fox television after the Helsinki press conference fiasco, Trump asked himself why his son should go to defend Montenegro from attack and o...

This piece was originally published by Axios on May 25, 2018. View it here.

In the span of a month, President Trump has managed to create two nuclear crises. First, he walked away from the Iran nuclear deal, and then he scrapped the North Korea summit. Now, the world faces both the prospect of Iran restarting its nuclear program and the far-more menacing threat of a full-blown nuclear-capable North Korea.

The big picture: Gone is American credibility to manage complex global issues. In fact, rathe...

Relations between Russia and the West are at their lowest ebb since the Cold War. “What to do about Russia” is a matter of daily debates among Europeans and Americans. Few of those debates directly include Russian views on contemporary challenges. This volume fills this gap by featuring authors from Russia, as well as non-Russian experts on Russia, who present Russian views on relations with Western countries.

Read the book or specific chapters here:

Full Text

Introduction – The Russia File: Russia...

Originally published in The Pacific Review.


China and Russia both have interests in bordering Central Asia. China's thirst for energy has seen its footprint expand rapidly in the region relative to that of Russia, Central Asia's historical hegemon. With the two powerful neighbors’ history of competition and conflict, the shift in relative influence between them risks a resurgence of bilateral rivalry. Referencing the scholarly literature on strategic rivalry, this article examines how en...

October 5, 2017

Foreign policy experts visited the Johns Hopkins SAIS community for a panel discussion about foreign interventions hosted by the Middle East Studies program and the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA).

The discussion analyzed conflicts and interventions in Syria, Afghanistan, and other regions of the world experiencing unrest. During the discussion, emphasis was placed on the role and timing of the United States interventions in these areas at a time of mounting global instability and shift...

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