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Dean’s Speaker Series

The Dean’s Speaker Series is the school’s highest profile series, featuring a diverse array of prominent international affairs practitioners and business leaders for insightful perspectives and thought-provoking discussions on international relations, leadership, and other relevant topics that impact our focus areas.

Recent Events
Qatari Diplomat

Senior Qatari Diplomat Discusses Country’s Role in International Dispute Resolution

For a country of some 2.5 million people, Qatar punches above its weight in international diplomacy and conflict mediation. On March 4, 2024, Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi, the minister of state in Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C. to discuss his country’s role in international dispute resolution and how it approaches the task of mediating difficult conflicts in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

CIA Global Hotspot Event

CIA Director Discusses Global Hotspots in SAIS Visit

In a packed theater at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C., Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns spoke to a select audience from the Johns Hopkins SAIS community about global hotspots and the role of the United States in maintaining a stable and prosperous international order.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

“We Were Wrong” Congressman says the United States needs to rethink its approach to relations with China

In a speech delivered at Johns Hopkins SAIS on November 13, 2023, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) outlined his vision for how the United States will win the strategic competition with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by being clear-eyed about the challenges involved and approaching the issue from a position of strength and confidence.


About Dean James B. Steinberg

Dean James B. Steinberg

James B. Steinberg is the tenth Dean of SAIS. Previously, he served as University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law at Syracuse University, where he was Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs for five years. Prior, he served as Deputy Secretary of State to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, from 2009-2011. From 2005-2008, Steinberg was Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Steinberg was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Steinberg was deputy national security advisor to President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2000.

Steinberg’s most recent books are A Glass Half Full? Rebalance, Reassurance and Resolve and Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: US-China Relations in the 21st Century He has also authored Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power (Brookings 2008) with Kurt Campbell.

Steinberg received his A.B from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


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Office of the Dean
Chris Crosbie
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