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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


January 21, 2021

Kissinger Center announces Janne Nolan Prize winners for Best Article on National Security/International Affairs

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs is proud to announce, in conjunction with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Texas National Security Review, the 2020 Janne Nolan Prize winners for the best article on national security/international affairs as part of our Future Strategy Forum initiative.

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Event Recap

May 10

The Future of National Security and Technology

The Future Strategy Forum 2021 will focus on the role of technology in national security. Expert research shows that when women are involved in policy planning, the process leads to better results. Whether examining the impact of AI on the future of weapon systems or the influence of state actors in social media, this conference highlights women’s work in technology across business, policy, and academia.

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Event Recap

MAR 24 6:30pm EST

Japan, the United States, and the Future of World Order

Watch distinguished scholars and policymakers from Japan and the US as they explore how the evolving nature of world order will affect the relationship between the two countries in the years and decades to come. Video recording forthcoming.

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Our Publications

Explore our latest scholarship

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