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Announcing the Kissinger Summer Academy


The Kissinger Summer Academy: Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy

The Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS is now accepting applications to its Kissinger Summer Academy. Apply to be a Kissinger Summer Fellow and study “Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy” in a course offered from July 12-16, 2021.

Overview of the Kissinger Summer Academy:

Nuclear weapons forever changed our thinking about military strategy and great-power politics. The creation of the “ultimate weapon” forced policymakers to consider the possibility that the next great war might end civilization as we know it—while simultaneously harnessing the power of the atom for purposes of deterrence and defense. After the Cold War, it appeared to some observers that nuclear strategy had become irrelevant. Yet as the world enters a new era of great-power competition, nuclear weapons are once again featuring prominently in the relationships between America and its authoritarian challengers in China and Russia.
The Henry Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University is pleased to offer exceptional undergraduates and recent graduates a week-long seminar that investigates the role of nuclear weapons in American grand strategy. The seminar revisits debates over nuclear strategy during the Cold War, considers how U.S. policymakers have addressed challenges such as non-proliferation and rogue states, and explores the role that nuclear weapons will have in shaping American competitions with Russia and China today. It provides Kissinger Summer Fellows with an understanding of how technology and strategy have shaped the nuclear age and examines the choices that American leaders must make with respect to nuclear weapons in a new era of geopolitical rivalry and profound technological innovation. The course will provide an emerging generation of thought-leaders and policymakers with the tools to understand our nuclear past and shape our nuclear future.
The course will feature a variety of opportunities and activities:
-       Lectures and discussions led by world experts on nuclear strategy and statecraft
-       Meetings with U.S. policymakers
-       An introduction to nuclear technology by leading scientists
-       Simulations and (public health permitting) visits to important sites

Course Details

This is a one-week, intensive course taking place July 12-16, 2021, for select undergraduate students and recent graduates (you must either be a current undergraduate or have received your undergrad degree no earlier than January 2018 to apply). It will be held at the Johns Hopkins SAIS campus in Washington DC.  The cost of the course, as well as the cost of travel and lodging, will be covered for all admitted fellows. If travel is restricted, the course will be held virtually.

Application Process

Applicants should send a resumé, transcript, and statement of interest explaining why they would like to take the course and why they should be selected, to with “KISSINGER SUMMER ACADEMY APPLICATION” in the subject line.  Applications are due by February 15th, 2021.  Students accepted into the course will be notified by April.

Learn more here at our Kissinger Academy webpage