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Alumni dot the Cambodian landscape with mostly SAISers working in the field of international development. 

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Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) community have a strong presence in the thriving cities of Beijing and Shanghai. There are over 200 alumni living in both Beijing and Shanghai. To follow the latest events for the The Beijing Club, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/3890761005. To follow the latest events for The Shanghai Club, go to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98897201@N02/.

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Beijing: Alumni-New Student Reception
Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Fellow alumni gathered for a reception with newly admitted students. They enjoyed appetizers and conversation at Finders Keepers, Suite 112, 10 Xindong Road, Chaoyang District. Anjue Wu B’09, ’10 was there to welcome guests. 

Shanghai: Reception and Dialogue with Zhexin ("Tiger") Zhang N’03
Wednesday, March 27 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Join SAIS and Hopkins-Nanjing Center Alumni gathered for a reception with Dr. Zhexin ("Tiger") Zhang N’03, Research Fellow at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), who gave a talk on "Emerging C2: Why China and the U.S. are Destined for Co-Development?" This event took place at Wooden Box, 9 Qinghai Road, just south of Nanjing West Road. Frank Tsai N’03 was there to greet guests. 

Shanghai: Gathering With Senior Adjunct Professor Jaqueline Mazza 
Thursday, January 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Alumni gathered with Johns Hopkins SAIS Senior Adjunct Professor Jacqueline Mazza, Johns Hopkins SAIS Latin American Studies Program (LASP) students and fellow alumni for a reception at Kartel Wine Bar, Address: 5/F, NO. 1, North Xiangyang Road, near Julu Lu, 襄阳北路1号5楼, 近巨鹿路. The event was open to alumni of JHU, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the Hopkins Nanjing Center. LASP is sponsoring a study trip to Beijing and Shanghai from January 19-26, 2019. The trip was led by Professor Mazza who accompanied a group of 12 SAIS graduate students to examine China’s economic and political relations with Latin America in the context of wider global trade, investment, and foreign relations trends.

Shanghai: Hopkins China Forum With Frank Lavin ’92
Thursday, November 8 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
The Hopkins China Forum and the Georgetown Alumni Club cordially invited alumni to a presentation and discussion with Frank Lavin ’92, Former US Ambassador to Singapore, former Undersecretary for International Trade, CEO and Founder of Export Now, on “World War II in Europe: The American Experience and the World They Made.” The event took place at 9 Qinghai Lu (just to the South of Nanjing West Road). Frank Tsai N'03 of Hopkins China Forum was there to welcome guests. 

Beijing: Hopkins-Nanjing Center Reception
Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 8 pm 
Johns Hopkins SAIS and JHU alumni gathered for a reception at Project Pengyou Courtyard, 65 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie Dongcheng. 

Shanghai: Alumni-New Student Reception
Tuesday, April 24 from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Join SAIS and Hopkins-Nanjing Center Alumni got together for a reception with Dr. Joshua Eisenman N’02, ’03, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, who gave a talk on "China's Major Power Engagement with the Developing World." This event took place at Cafe Sambal, 259 Jiashan Lu, Jiashan Market, Block A, No 37. Frank Tsai N’03 was there to greet guests.

 

Did you know that SAISers comprise a large portion of the larger Johns Hopkins alumni chapter in Hong Kong? If you are traveling to or living in Hong Kong, feel free to contact and get involved with this group through Charles Chang '96.

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Hong Kong: “Johns Hopkins SAIS FORESIGHT 2019” and 75th Anniversary 
Friday, March 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
U.S.-China relations are at a crossroads. The world’s most important bilateral relationship has become contentious and increasingly competitive under the Trump administration, with the two countries at odds on U.S.-China trade and engaging in a full-scale trade war. Alumni and members of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community convened for an evening of lively dialogue with experts who wrestled with the various challenges we face on “US-China Relations and Implications for Asia” at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foresight and Regional Strategies Series 2nd Annual Forum (“Johns Hopkins SAIS FORESIGHT 2019”), in partnership with Asia Society. Keynote Speaker David Shear ’82 discussed three aspects of the geopolitical rivalry between the U.S. and China in the Indo-Pacific region: overlapping lines of defense and naval competition; the struggle for allies and friends; and the prospects for regional order in Northeast and Southeast Asia. A panel, with a discussion focused on "The Intersection of Business, Politics, and Geopolitics in East Asia"? followed, featuring Andrew Mertha, Director of the China Studies Program, Yam Ki Chan, former Director at the White House National Security Council and a term member of the Council for Foreign Relations, and Carly Ramsey, Associate Director at Control Risks, moderated by Daniel Markey, Senior Research Professor in International Relations; Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Policy. This forum took place at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Anne LeBourgeois ’80, Charles Chang ’96, and David Frey ’95 were there to greet guests. We thank Jesse Friedlander ’02, Johns Hopkins SAIS Board of Advisors Member, for his contribution in support of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foresight and Regional Strategies Series. 




Hong Kong: Annual Asia Career Trek Alumni-Student Reception
Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fellow alumni and SAIS students participating in the Annual Asia Trek gathered to celebrate Johns Hopkins SAIS’ 75th Anniversary at L16, Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive, Central (Near Admiralty Metro).Charles Chang ’96 was there to welcome guests. 

Hong Kong: “Johns Hopkins SAIS FORESIGHT 2018”
Thursday, May 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Alumni were invited to the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foresight and Regional Strategies Series Inaugural Forum (“Johns Hopkins SAIS FORESIGHT 2018”) on “Digital Challenges to the International System” with keynote speaker Francis J. Gavin, Johns Hopkins SAIS Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor. Additional keynote remarks were delivered by James Rickards JHU ’73, ’74, JHU ’06, Editor of Strategic Intelligence, on “Predictive Analytics in Capital Markets,” and two panels to complement the programming were held on the topics of “Digital Intelligence and Global Security” featuring Thomas Rid, Johns Hopkins SAIS Professor of Strategic Studies, and “Digital Disruption and the International Financial System” featuring James Rickards JHU ’73, ’74, JHU ’06. This forum took place at Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Anne LeBourgeois ’80, and Charles Chang ’96 were there to greet guests.

Hong Kong: Reception
Thursday, January 18 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center cordially invited all Johns Hopkins SAIS and HNC alumni and friends to the annual Asia Career Trek alumni reception at L16, Hong Kong Park, 19 Cotton Tree Drive. The reception was a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and classmates, learn what's new at Hopkins, and meet the students participating in this year's Asia Career Trek. 

Johns Hopkins SAIS has a strong presence in New Delhi and in Mumbai. Increasingly, faculty and students have been travelling to the region where alumni welcome them.


 

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This smaller group of alumni, many holding high-profile government positions, enjoys gathering for dinner in each others’ homes as well as meeting more informally for happy hour.

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Jakarta: Dinner With Professor Vikram Nehru
Monday, December 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Alumni gathered for a pay-as-you-come dinner with fellow alumni and Vikram Nehru, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, for a celebration of Johns Hopkins SAIS’ 75th Anniversary at KAUM Restaurant, Jl. Dr. Kusuma Atmaja No.77-79, RT.10/RW.4, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310. Cash bar. Heru Prama Yuda ’14 was there to greet guests.



Jakarta: Farewell and Welcome Lunch
Sunday, May 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. 
Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni gathered with Professor Michael Plummer, SAIS Europe Director, who was visiting Jakarta for dinner at Plataran Menteng. A good time was had by all! 

The group of alumni in Tokyo is thriving and gets together often. They welcome new faces at their events always! To get involved, please contact Ariko Ibe '85.


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Tokyo: Welcome Newly Admitted Students Potluck BBQ Lunch
Sunday, April 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alumni gathered to welcome newly addmited SAIS students for a potluck BBQ lunch at the US Embassy Tokyo Residential Compound – Outdoor BBQ Pavilion. It was a warm spring day and the cherry blossoms were enjoyed by all! Jessica Berlow, Dan and Sayaka Rochman and Arlene Mayeda of US Embassy Tokyo helped with preparations and cooking.



Tokyo: Spring Networking Dinner
Wednesday March 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fellow SAIS alumni, newly admitted Johns Hopkins SAIS students and a members of the SAIS administration Jordi Izzard, Director of Global Alumni Relations, got together for a gathering in celebration of Johns Hopkins SAIS 75th Anniversary at Tokyo Gas Aoyama Club 2F, Minamiaoyama 6-12-5, Minato-ku. Admission, paid at the event, was 5000 Yen per person and included dinner and drinks. Ariko Ibe ’85 was there to greet guests. 




Tokyo: New Year’s Gathering
Tuesday, January 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
In celebration of Johns Hopkins SAIS' 75th Anniversary, join fellow alumni and welcome John Hopkins SAIS students visiting Japan for their second Student Trek to Japan for a New Year’s Gathering at Nakameguro Taproom, Naka-Meguro GT Plaza C-Tower 2F. Kami-Meguro 2-1-3, Meguro-ku. Kent Calder, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and a guest of honor, will make remarks on Today’s US-Japan Relations at the beginning of party. The restaurant is owned and operated by Bryan Baird ’94 and John Chesen ’95. Admission (to be paid at the event) for alumni is 6,000 yen per. Please kindly be reminded that of the 6,000 yen, 4,000 is for dinner, drinks and the additional 2,000 yen is to support the admission of Second Japan Trek students. Ariko Ibe ’85 and Jessica Berlow ’08 will be there to welcome you. RSVP to Ariko Ibe ’85 at ibe@sb3.so-net.ne.jp.

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Tokyo: Class of 1985 Reunion Dinner
Saturday, September 15 from 6 to 8 pm
The class of 1985 gathered for a mini reunion lunch to welcome Lisa A. McKenna back to Tokyo after more than 20 years. The event took place at Tokyo Gas Aoyama Club. A good time was had by all!




Tokyo: Panel Discussion on “Japan in a Changing World”
Tuesday, May 29 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Alumni were invited to a reception at International House of Japan, 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032. Welcome remarks were given by Vali Nasr, Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean, followed by a panel discussion on “Japan in a Changing World” featuring Kent Calder, Director of Asia Programs and the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, John Lipsky, Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Francis Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and inaugural Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Hiroshi Nakaso, Former Deputy Governor and Deputy Chairman, Bank of Japan, and Izumi Devalier SAIS’11, Head of Japan Economics, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Global Research. 

Tokyo: Pot-Luck Lunch Gathering
Saturday, April 14 from 12 to 2 p.m.
Alumni gathered with newly admitted Johns Hopkins SAIS students and fellow alumni living in Tokyo for lunch at the home of Neil Gibson ’08 at the U.S. Embassy residences. This was a pot-luck lunch and participants each brought a dish to share. Ariko Ibe ’85 was also there to welcome guests.

Living in or visiting Seoul and want to connect with alumni? If so, please feel free to contact Eunjung Lim PhD '12 who is the point of contact for our Seoul Alumni Club. This group gathers often for social and networking events and want you to join them!

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Seoul: Celebrate Johns Hopkins SAIS and its 75th Anniversary 
Monday, March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Alumni got together with Dean Vali Nasr for a gathering to celebrate Johns Hopkins SAIS on its 75th Anniversary hosted by Ambassador H.E. Michael Reiterer ’79, who we thank for hosting. Appetizers were served. Kee Hoo Chung ’11 was there to greet guests.'




Seoul: Dinner Gathering
Wednesday, March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m.  
Fellow Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni, current students visiting Seoul, and newly admitted students got together for a pay-as-you-come dinner (20,000 won per person) at Ho Lee Chow (Itaewon), 119-25, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Kee Hoon Chung ’11 at keehoonchung@gmail.com was there to greet guests. 

This group gathers from time to time for dinner and drinks and is always welcoming of new alumni looking to join the KL community.

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There is a small, but newly active group of SAISers that get together in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Jake Hartnett B’12, ’13, Gregory Edgreen ’14, Tuyen Nguyen ’06, Richard Sawyer ’09, Munkhnaran Bayarlkhagva ’16, Mandkhai Bayarsaikhan B’12, '13, Mick Watters N’97, and Ambassador Jennifer Galt ’83 are part of this new and lively group. Feel free to join them! 



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Alumni gather whenever possible in Myanmar and, on occasion, enjoy dinner with professors who travel there.

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There’s an increasing number of alumni who live and work in their home country as well as others who assist with security and development. Moving there, too?

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Many in this group work for the Asian Development Bank. They enjoy dining with professors who fly into town as well as getting together on their own for drinks, dinner or even dim sum.



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Manila: Sunday Brunch
Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alumni got together for Sunday brunch at the home of Dennis Eucogco N’00, ’05, who we kindly thank for hosting this gathering. Edi Sian '04 was there to greet guests. 

Manila: Sunday Brunch 
Sunday, July 1 from 11:30 to 2 p.m. 
SAISers gathered for Sunday brunch at WildFlour Wildflour Restaurant at Rockwel. Edi Sian ’04 was there to greet fellow alumni and a good time was had by all!



Manila: Sunday Brunch 
Sunday, March 18 from 11:30 to 2 p.m. 
SAISers gathered for Sunday brunch at WildFlour Cafe + Bakery (Bonifacio Global City branch), Ground Floor, Netlima Building, 26th Street cor 4th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Edi Sian ’04, Pinsuda Alexander ’09, and Dominic Nguyen’10 were there to greet fellow alumni with copies of the newest edition of SAIS Magazine. 

Now one of our strongest communities in Asia, this alumni group gathers four to six times a year in this city, engaging in networking, social and cultural activities together.

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Singapore: Cocktails and Conversation 
Thursday, March 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. 
Alumni got together for conversation and cocktails at Anti:Dote at Swissotel the Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, Level 1, Singapore 178882. A good time was had by all! 

Singapore: Happy Hour With Professor Vikram Nehru
Tuesday, December 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Alumni gathered for a pay-as-you-come happy hour with fellow alumni and Vikram Nehru, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, for a celebration of Johns Hopkins SAIS’ 75th Anniversary at HRVST @ OUE Downtown Gallery, #05-01, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way. Cash bar. Ai Ghee Ong N’07, ’09 and Arti Srivastava B’16, ’17 were there to greet guests.



Singapore: Cocktails and Conversation with Professor Roger Leeds
Wednesday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Alumni got together with fellow alumni and Roger Leeds, director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy, who led a discussion on “Is Singapore Competitive as a Full-Fledged International Financial Center?” at Overeasy @ Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, #01-06, 049213. Appetizers were served. Cash bar. Ai Ghee Ong N’07, ’09 and Arti Sriv B’16, ’17 were there to greet guests.




Singapore: Cocktails and Conversation
Tuesday, March 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.  
Join fellow SAISers and newly admitted students for cocktails and conversation at No. 5 Emerald Hill Bar (near Somerset Station), Singapore. Appetizers served. R.S.V.P. to Mark Garlinghouse N’91 at markghouse@yahoo.com. Arti Srivastava ’17 and Alvin Wong ’10 will be there to greet you.

Thirty-three alumni live and work in Taiwan, mostly in Taipei. It is an illustrious group that stays connected.

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One of the most established alumni groups for nearly 15 years, the 61 alumni residing in Thailand gather often with each other and professors traveling through Bangkok on business or with current students. The group has also been known to meet-up with prospective students considering Johns Hopkins SAIS as a graduate school.

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Bangkok: Social Gathering
Thursday, April 11 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Get together with fellow alumni and newly admitted students at The Bar Upstairs, 3rd floor, 33/30 Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11, Klong Toey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110. RSVP to saissiam@gmail.com. Itt Thirarath ’17 will be there to welcome guests. 
 

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Bangkok: Dinner With Professor Vikram Nehru
Thursday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Alumni got together with one another and Vikram Nehru, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, for a celebration of Johns Hopkins SAIS’ 75th Anniversary at Audrey Cafe (5th Floor Central Embassy) via Ploenchit BTS. Cost (all you can eat) was 750 baht per person. Joey Tulyanond ’02 was there to greet guests. 



Bangkok: Exclusive Tour of "Great and Good Friends" Exhibition 
Sunday, June 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Alex Bellah ‘13 invited all Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni and family members to an exclusive tour of the Great and Good Friends exhibition, a “must see” for history buffs. SAISers interested in taking part were asked to meet in the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (Grand Palace, Rajdamnoen Road) and wear appropriate casual dress (e.g., no tank tops, shorts, or flip flops). The fee for the exhibition, which only ran through June 30, was 150 baht per person. After the tour, the SAIS group walked to Eat Sight Story for a late-afternoon drink or meal. Joey Tulyanond ’02 was there to welcome guests. 

Bangkok: Social Gathering
Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.   
Fellow SAISers got together for a social evening at Siwilai City Club, Level 5, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. Joey Tulyanond ’02 and Thitinan Pongsudhirak '92 were there to welcome guests. 

With a thriving economy, alumni are increasingly moving to Vietnam. Similarly, the school's study groups are visiting under the leadership of Professor Jim Riedel and reconnecting with alumni to better understand the wide range of economic and social aspects of development.

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Alumni in Uzbekistan have started a new group. Join them! 

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