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Dean’s Speaker Series

The Dean’s Speaker Series is the school’s highest profile series, featuring a diverse array of prominent international affairs practitioners and business leaders for insightful perspectives and thought-provoking discussions on international relations, leadership, and other relevant topics that impact our focus areas.

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Dec 2 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Kenney Herter Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC, Online SAIS Event

A Conversation with H.E. Audrey Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the US

Join SAIS Interim Dean Kent E. Calder for a conversation with H.E. Audrey Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the US. H.E. Marks is Jamaica’s thirteenth Ambassador to the United States...

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A Conversation with H.E. Audrey Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the U.S.

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean’s Office hosted Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s ambassador to the U.S., for a discussion on U.S. – Jamaican relations on December 2, 2021. Kent E. Calder, advisor to the Dean and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, delivered opening remarks noting Ambassador Marks was "not only Jamaica’s first female ambassador to the U.S., and the first ambassador to be assigned to the U.S. twice, but also is an entrepreneur, and the first female president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica."

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Kosovo's Future in a Challenging Region: A Conversation with H.E. Vjosa Osmani, President of the Republic of Kosovo

On November 8, 2021, the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at Johns Hopkins SAIS hosted a conversation with Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, the President of the Republic of Kosovo.

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A Conversation with Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of Pakistan's Senate Defense Committee

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean’s Office hosted Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Defense Committee, on November 5, 2021. Kent E. Calder, Special Advisor to the Dean and Director of Edwin O.

About Interim Dean Kent E. Calder

Dean with StudentsKent E. Calder is Interim Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, previously served as the school’s Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020 and as director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018.

Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.

A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for eleven years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's recent publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs (2021); Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration (2019); Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan (2018); Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (2017); Asia in Washington (2014); and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics (2012).

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OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF

Danielle Khan
Special Assistant to the Dean
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