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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

Featured News

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October 22, 2021

Kissinger Center Announces PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships Supported by the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs will offer up to three PhD and three Postdoctoral Fellowships as a member of the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy (AJI), a four-university, transatlantic partnership to advance historically-minded research on statecraft and diplomacy.

Learn more about the Institute and Fellowships

Upcoming Event

The Age of AI
Dec 7 11:00 AM ET

Webinar with Dr. Henry Kissinger, Dr. Eric Schmidt, and Dean Steinberg on The Age of AI

Register now for this upcoming live event with Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Dr. Eric Schmidt, who will share insights from their newest book, The Age of AI and Our Human Future, in discussion with SAIS Dean Jim Steinberg.

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Event Recap

Jacob Helberg The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power
NOV 10 5:30-6:30 PM ET

The Wires of War: Book Talk with Jacob Helberg

On November 10th, Jacob Helberg joined the Kissinger Center for a virtual event to share insights from his recent book, The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power, in discussion with SAIS Professor Hal Brands.

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Our Publications

Explore our latest scholarship


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.


October 20, 2021

Containment Beyond the Cold War: How Washington Lost the Post-Soviet Peace

Professor Mary Elise Sarotte writes in Foreign Affairs that the way NATO expanded, and the alternative methods forfeited, profoundly affected the trajectory of US-Russia relations since the Cold War.

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.


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.

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