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“The contemporary world is characterized by global upheaval resulting from differences in culture, values, history, and evolution. International studies need to focus on the confluence of these trends, permitting the development of a grand strategy. The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS will develop a multi-disciplinary approach to world order with special emphasis on historical and cultural evolution.” - Henry A. Kissinger

Our Purpose

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs generates and applies rigorous historical thinking to the most vexing global challenges and acts as a bridge between the world of ideas and the world of action, bringing together leading thinkers and policymakers.

Generate new ideas

Generate new ideas

Through the research and writing of our distinguished faculty, fellows, and scholars

Train tomorrow’s leaders

Train tomorrow’s leaders

Through innovative classes and curricula, the center seeks to revitalize the practice of diplomatic and military history and to examine the global order

Convene academics and practitioners

Convene academics and practitioners

Through public and private programming which engages current leaders and new voices in their fields

Our People

We bring together distinguished scholars and practitioners in foreign policy and international security

Francis Gavin

Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor, Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs

Mary Sarotte

Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professor of Historical Studies, Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs

Hal Brands

Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor

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September 10, 2020

COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has killed hundreds of thousands of people and infected millions while also devastating the world economy. What will a post-COVID world order look like? Experts in public health and medicine, economics, international security, technology, ethics, democracy, and governance imagine a bold new vision for our future and share their perspectives a new book, “COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition and Cooperation” released today.

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Event Recap

JUL 1

World Order after COVID-19 Forum

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic dealt a crippling blow to global public health while devastating the world economy. Learn from the deep expertise and global academic leadership shared in Johns Hopkins University's and the Kissinger Center's recent World Order after COVID-19 Forum.

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IPSCON DC Workshop
JAN 08

IPSCON DC Workshop

The center hosted a two-day workshop for 17 PhD candidates to engage in conversation and debate with academics, practitioners, and policy-makers on pressing issues related to international affairs and national security.

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Our Publications

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September 10, 2020

COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation

What will be the consequences of the pandemic, and what will a post-COVID world order look like? No institution is better suited to address these issues than Johns Hopkins University, which has convened experts from within and outside of the university to discuss world order after COVID-19. In a series of essays, international experts in public health and medicine, economics, international security, technology, ethics, democracy, and governance imagine a bold new vision for our future.

 The Shoals of Ukraine: Where American Illusions and Great-Power Politics Collide

January 1, 2020

The Shoals of Ukraine: Where American Illusions and Great-Power Politics Collide

Professor Mary Elise Sarotte's Foreign Affairs article with Serhii Plokhy, explains how over the past 25 years, efforts to establish a durable post-Cold War Eurasian order have failed over the issue of Ukraine.

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

February 26, 2019

The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

Professor Hal Brands' book with Charles Edel calls to draw on the lessons of the past to address current threats to international order.

Implementing Grand Strategy Toward China: Twenty-Two U.S. Policy Prescriptions

January 16, 2020

Implementing Grand Strategy Toward China: Twenty-Two U.S. Policy Prescriptions

Distinguished Scholar Robert Blackwill argues the Trump administration recognizes the China challenge, but it needs a grand strategy. He recommends decisive action, sustained diplomacy, collaboration among branches of the U.S. government, and working with allies in Asia and Europe, among other approaches.

Our Programs

Our programs and projects examine crucial topics in history, strategy, and statecraft

Founding Donors

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs was made possible by the extraordinary leadership of Johns Hopkins University alumnus and former board chair Michael R. Bloomberg and by generous gifts from individual donors, corporations, and private foundations.

Founding Donors