The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.,  is a leading graduate school of international affairs, educating students for professional careers in government, business, journalism, international law and non-profit organizations. Founded in 1943 by Paul Nitze and Christian Herter, SAIS has been a division of The Johns Hopkins University since 1950.

In Memorium of SAIS Graduate Helene de Beir
SAIS graduate Helene de Beir was one of five aid workers of Doctors Without Borders killed in Afghanistan on June 2. A citizen of Belgium, she graduated from SAIS in 1999 with her master's in international relations, having spent the second year of her studies at the school's Bologna Center in Italy. The SAIS community mourns the tragic loss of Helene, whose tireless devotion to international humanitarian work serves as an inspiring example of the highest ideals reflected in the SAIS mission. Click here for more information.

We regret to inform you that the June 9 event has been cancelled.
Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah to Speak at SAIS on June 9
Abdullah Abdullah, foreign minister of Afghanistan, will speak about "Reconstruction and Security in Afghanistan" at SAIS on Wednesday, June 9 at 5 p.m. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute's W.P. Carey Forum at SAIS is hosting this event. Click here for more information.


NATO Ambassador Nicholas Burns  Spoke at SAIS Commencement on May 20
R. Nicholas Burns, U.S. ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and a 1980 SAIS graduate, spoke at the school's commencement on Thursday, May 20 at DAR Constitution Hall. Click
 here  for general information. Click  here  for information for graduating students.   Listen to the Commencement speech.    Watch the video from this event.

 SAIS Hosted Second Discussion on New Global Architecture with Amitai Etzioni on May 17
On May 17, the Swiss Foundation for World Affairs at SAIS hosted a forum about "The New Global Architecture: Institutional Foundations Beyond the United Nations," the second event featuring the release of From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations by noted sociologist Amitai Etzioni, the program's keynote speaker. Other panelists included Martin Walker (moderator), editor in chief of UPI, Pierre de Senarclens, professor of international relations at the University of Lausanne, Charles Kupchan, director of Europe Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Georgetown University professor, and Johanna Mendelson-Forman, senior program officer at the U.N. Foundation. Click here
for more information.

SAIS Hosted a Forum on 50th Anniversary of U.S.-EU Relations on May 6
The Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS hosted a forum, "Mars, Venus--Or Mercury? A Larger Europe and American Interests," on May 6. Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) gave the keynote address. Panelists included Jürgen Strube, chairman of UNICE and of BASF Corporations, Rockwell Schnabel, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Lionel Barber, managing editor of the Financial Times, and Joseph Quinlan, a center fellow. Click here for more information.  Listen to the keynote address.  Listen to the Q&A.


SAIS Hosted Discussion on New Global Architecture with Amitai Etzioni on May 4
The Swiss Foundation for World Affairs at SAIS hosted a forum on May 4 about "The New Global Architecture: Moral and Value Foundations," featuring the release of From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations by noted sociologist Amitai Etzioni, the program's keynote speaker. Other panelists included John Donvan, ABC News correspondent, Albert de Pury, University of Geneva theology professor, Nikolas Gvosdev, The National Interest executive editor, Hillel Fradkin, president of Ethics and Public Policy Center, and SAIS Professors David Calleo and David M. Lampton.
Click here for more information.Sound files from this even will be available shortly.

SAIS Hosted Forum on the Meaning of Sports on May 4
SAIS hosted a forum, "The Meaning of Sports," on May 4. The event featured a discussion with Professor Michael Mandelbaum, author of the new book,The Meaning of Sports: Why Americans Watch Baseball, Football, and Basketball and What They See When They Do, Philip Merrill (moderator), president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Phil Chenier, Comcast SportsNet commentator for the Washington Wizards and former Washington Bullets guard, Jack Kemp, co-founder of Empower America and former Buffalo Bills quarterback, and Peter Magowan, president and managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants. Click here for more information.  Listen to the introduction.  Listen to the discussion.  Listen to the Q&A.

Navy Christens USS Nitze on April 17
During an April 17 ceremony in Bath, Maine, the U.S. Navy christened the USS Nitze, the 44th ship of the Arleigh Burke AEGIS class of guided missile destroyers, named in honor of SAIS co-founder Paul H. Nitze.
Click here to read more.

 Foreign Affairs  Editor James Hoge Spoke at SAIS on April 21
James F. Hoge, Jr., editor of Foreign Affairs, spoke about "From Europe to Asia: America's Shifting Priorities" at SAIS on Wednesday, April 21.
Click here  for more information.  Listen to the speech.  Listen to the Q&A.

   SAIS Co-Hosted Conference on Islam, Secularism and Democracy in Turkey on April 19 and 20
SAIS and Turkey's Journalists and Writers Foundation co-hosted a two-day conference, "Islam, Secularism and Democracy: The Turkish Experience," on April 19 and April 20. During the conference, more than 40 Turkish and American panelists examined the relevance of Turkey's secular, Muslim and democratic attributes for the larger Islamic world in today's post-September 11 environment. Click here for more
 information  and the  agenda.   <<Click here for sound and video on demand>>

SAIS Hosted Nation-Building Conference on April 13
The Bernard L. Schwartz Forum on Constructive Capitalism at SAIS hosted a one-day conference, "Nation-Building: Beyond Afghanistan and Iraq," on April 13. Said Jawad, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, was the keynote speaker at this forum. Click here for the agenda.  Click here for more information.  Click here for a sound file from the keynote speaker. <<Click here for sound and video on demand>>

 SAIS Center Launches Transatlantic Magazine
On March 30, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS unveiled the premiere issue of its bimonthly magazine,
Transatlantic: Europe, America & the World.
Click here for more information about the publication. 

Iraqi Ambassador Al-Rahim Spoke at SAIS on March 22
Rend Al-Rahim, ambassador-designate of Iraq to the United States and founder of The Iraq Foundation, spoke at SAIS on March 22. Click here for more information.  Listen to the speech.  Listen to the Q&A

 Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski Spoke at SAIS on March 8
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Carter and SAIS American foreign policy professor, spoke at SAIS on Monday, March 8 p.m. He spoke about "Global Power and U.S. Foreign Policy."
 Click here  for more information.     Listen to the lecture .  Listen to the Q&A (missing last question).


 Mikheli Saakashvili photo by Kaveh Sardari Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Spoke at SAIS on February 24
Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, spoke at SAIS on Tuesday, February 24. His lecture topic was "Georgia After the Rose Revolution: Rebuilding Democracy and Stability".  
Click here  for details.
 Listen to the speech.  Listen the Q&A.

SAIS Hosted Forum on Nation Building on Feb 11
The SAIS Foreign Policy Institute hosted a forum, "Nation Building: The Political and Military Factors," February 11.   Panelists included Francis Fukuyama, Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at SAIS, David R. Gray, U.S. Army Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institute, and Carl E. Mundy III, U.S. Marine Corps Federal Executive Fellow at Brookings. 
 Listen to the forum. 

 SAIS Hosted Conference on Geneva Initiative on Feb 10
The Swiss Foundation for World Affairs at SAIS hosted a daylong conference, "The Geneva Initiative: A Possible Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?" on February 10. Click
here  for the full agenda.  Click here for a sound file of the 9 a.m. panel discussion.  Click here to listen to the 11:15 a.m. panel discussions. (missing 10 min in ).  Click here to listen to the 1:15 p.m. panel discussion.

SAIS Publishes Book on the Mahathir Years
The SAIS Southeast Asia Studies Program recently published, Reflections: The Mahathir Years, a collection of essays that offers a rich variety of perspectives examining Malaysia during the Mahathir years. More than 40 contributing writers reflect on changes that have taken place in domestic politics, foreign policy, the economy, society and the arts. Bridget Welsh, assistant professor of Southeast Asia Studies, is editor of the collection. Click
here for information and the order form.

SAIS and Newsweek  Hosted Forum on National Security and Presidential Politics on February 4
SAIS and Newsweek hosted a forum, "Perspectives on National Security: How Presidential Campaign Politics in 2004 Are Shaping the Global and Domestic Security Debate," on Wednesday, February 4. Panelists included Sen. Bob Graham, Rep. Porter Goss, Michael Isikoff, Newsweek chief investigative reporter, SAIS Professor Francis Fukuyama, and Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief (moderator).
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 Listen to the discussion.  
Listen to the Q&A.

Please be advised that due to an unexpected travel commitment, Under Secretary Feith's lecture at SAIS has been postponed until a later date still to be determined.
Under Secretary of Defense Feith to Speak About U.S.-Russia Relations at SAIS on February 3
Douglas J. Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, will speak about "Russia and the United States:National Greatness and National Security" at SAIS on Tuesday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m. The event, hosted by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, is open to the public.
Click here for more information.

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Returns to China for Spring Semester
SAIS is pleased to announce that the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies will return to its permanent location in Nanjing for the spring semester. As a precaution against SARS, the center's fall semester classes were held at the East-West Center in Honolulu, rather than in Nanjing. Click here
 for more information.


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“What attracted me to SAIS was its unique combination of functional and regional studies with international economics. As I plan my post-SAIS career, I feel confident that I have gained the analytical skills needed for a successful career in foreign policy.The opportunity to study a subject I enjoy with Washington, D.C., as a backdrop has been a bonus. I leave SAIS with renewed enthusiasm for my chosen career in international affairs.”