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The Kissinger Center Mourns the Passing of Dr. Henry A. Kissinger

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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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November 3, 2023

Call for Applications 2024 – 2025 DAAD Postdoctoral Fellows

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs within SAIS is pleased to announce the opportunity for outstanding scholars to conduct research in Washington, D.C., on “The United States, Europe, and World Order.” During the academic year 2024-2025 up to two postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded for a ten (10) month period from September 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025.

Program information and application instructions here

Upcoming Event: Crisis Simulation

On December 2, 2023, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS will host a crisis simulation exercise: Arctic Security and the Race for Strategic Advantage. This half-day exercise, led by Professor Hal Brands of SAIS and Professor Timothy Nichols of Duke University, simulates a significant US-Russian crisis that explores the dark world of intelligence, the fragility of international agreements, and the almost ruthless quest for advantage. Students will serve as National Security Council members and staff; they will immerse themselves in the military, legal, media, intelligence and policy realms to diagnose a flash crisis and then find a way out.

Click here for the event flyer and registration link.

Event Recap

Conference: The Failure of the Post-Cold War Global Order?

The "Failure of the Post-Cold War Order" event, organized by the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS and the University of Mainz, brought together experts and scholars to examine the causes and consequences of the Post-Cold War Order's failure. Through panel discussions and presentations, participants explored alternative approaches and lessons for present and future international politics. The event featured insightful sessions, including discussions on Western institutions, Russia's role, European aspirations, the Asian perspective, and the United States' unipolar moment. The conference aimed to shed light on the history of the Post-Cold War Order and offer valuable insights for navigating international affairs in the future.

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Coming Soon: May 2, 2023

Coming Soon: The New Makers of Modern Strategy

Professor Hal Brands edited The New Makers of Modern Strategy, is the next generation of the definitive work on strategy and the key figures who have shaped the theory and practice of war and statecraft throughout the centuries. Featuring new entries by world-class scholars, this new edition provides global, comparative perspectives on strategic thought from antiquity to today, surveying both classical and current themes of strategy while devoting greater attention to the Cold War and post-9/11 eras.


October 20, 2022

Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China

Professor Brands is joined by Professor Beckley of Tufts University in a "provocative and urgent" analysis of the U.S - China relationship and rivalry.

Sarotte Not One Inch

November 1, 2021

Featured Title: Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

In her newest book, Professor Mary Elise Sarotte explores the profound impact of NATO expansion on US-Russia relations since the Cold War, revealing missed opportunities and drawing on newly declassified documents and over 100 interviews.

President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin shaking hands

January 7, 2022

The Betrayal Myth Behind Putin's Brinkmanship

In this Wall Street Journal article, Professor M.E. Sarotte examines current relations between NATO and Russia--and possible paths forward--based on an understanding of their relationship since the Cold War.


October 20, 2021

The New Cold War: America, China, and the Echoes of History

In this Foreign Affairs article, Professor Hal Brands and Professor John Lewis Gaddis argue that we can learn from history to navigate the new Sino-American cold war.

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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.

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