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Johns Hopkins SAIS, CEIP, and CSIS to host Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, for a conversation on June 2


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday, June 2. Stoltenberg will join Christopher S. Chivvis, senior fellow and director of the American Statecraft Program at CEIP, Kathleen J. McInnis, senior fellow and director of the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative at CSIS, and Munir Jaber, co-president of the SAIS Technology Club, for a conversation on the state of NATO alliance, its future, and growing impact of technology and cyber-security issues on its mission. SAIS Dean James B. Steinberg will provide opening remarks.


Christopher S. Chivvis
Senior Fellow and Director, American Statecraft Program,
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Munir Jaber
Co-President, SAIS Technology Club
Kathleen J. McInnis
Senior Fellow and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative,
Center for Strategic and International Studies
James B. Steinberg
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General
Time and Date:
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT
Thursday, June 2, 2022
This event is open to the public and media, with registration.
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About the Speakers
Christopher S. Chivvis is a senior fellow and director of the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP). He has more than two decades of experience working on U.S. foreign policy and national security challenges. He most recently served as the U.S. national intelligence officer for Europe. At Carnegie, Chivvis leads policy-focused research aimed at developing realistic U.S. strategy for an era of great power competition and building a foreign policy that serves the needs of the American people.

Chivvis’ experience with U.S. foreign policy spans government, academia, and the think tank world. Before joining the National Intelligence Council, he was the deputy head of the RAND Corporation’s international security program and worked in the Defense Department. He has held positions at multiple universities and think tanks in the United States and Europe. Chivvis is also the author of three scholarly books and several monographs and articles. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, National Public Radio, and several other outlets. Chris holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, where he teaches courses on international history and U.S. foreign policy.

Munir Jaber is the co-president and founder of the SAIS Technology Club. He is a Johns Hopkins SAIS Master of International Relations candidate (2023) whose concentration is in technology and China studies. Jaber, an Oslo, Norway native, received his B.A. in Communications from Kristiana University College in 2016. He later worked as an advisor at The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge) before starting his degree at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Kathleen J. McInnis is a senior fellow and director of the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her research areas include the intersection of gender and national security; global security strategy; defense policy; and transatlantic security. Before rejoining the Center, she served as a specialist in international security at the Congressional Research Service (CRS), where she served as a senior expert to Congress on strategic issues including defense policy, military operations, civilian-military relations, irregular warfare, and global strategy. Prior to CRS, she worked as a research consultant at Chatham House in London, writing on NATO and transatlantic security matters. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. McInnis served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy), working on NATO operations in Afghanistan.

During her last time working at CSIS from 2004 to 2006, Dr. McInnis analyzed U.S. nuclear weapons strategy, European security, and transatlantic relations. She also worked as a researcher in the UK House of Commons, focusing on NATO, the European Union, and U.S.-UK political-military relations, from 2001 to 2003. Dr. McInnis is widely published; her articles have featured in major domestic and international outlets. She is the author of two books: How and Why States Defect from Contemporary Military Coalition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and the novel The Heart of War: Misadventures in the Pentagon (Post Hill Press, 2018). Dr. McInnis was awarded her MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics and completed her PhD in war studies at King’s College London.

James B. Steinberg is the 10th Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Most recently, he served as the University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he was also Dean from 2011 to 2016. Before joining Syracuse University, he was Deputy Secretary of State from 2009 to 2011, serving as the principal deputy to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. From 2005 to 2008, Steinberg held the role of Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was vice president and director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution from 2001 to 2005. From 1996 to 2000, Steinberg served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton. During this time, he also served as the president’s personal representative to the 1998 and 1999 G8 summits. Before the Deputy National Security Advisor role, Steinberg held positions as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Jens Stoltenberg became the 13th NATO Secretary General in October 2014, following a distinguished international and domestic career. As a former Prime Minister of Norway and UN Special Envoy, Stoltenberg has been a strong supporter of greater global and transatlantic cooperation. Stoltenberg’s mandate as NATO Secretary General has been extended until the end of September 2023.

Under Stoltenberg’s leadership, NATO has responded to a more challenging security environment by implementing the biggest reinforcement of its collective defense since the Cold War, increasing the readiness of its forces, and deploying combat troops in the eastern part of the Alliance. He believes in credible deterrence and defense while maintaining dialogue with Russia. He has also advocated for increased defense spending and better burden sharing within the Alliance, and a greater focus on innovation. NATO has also stepped up its efforts in the fight against terrorism. He strongly supports a partnership approach, with cooperation between NATO and the European Union reaching unprecedented levels.
Before coming to NATO, he was the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change from 2013 to 2014. He has also chaired UN High-level Panels on climate financing and the coherence between development, humanitarian assistance and environmental policies. As Prime Minister of Norway, Stoltenberg increased the defense spending and transformed the Norwegian armed forces with new high-end capabilities and investments. He also signed an agreement with Russia on establishing maritime borders in the Barents and Polar Sea, ending a 30-years dispute. Stoltenberg holds a postgraduate degree in Economics from the University of Oslo. After graduating in 1987, he held a research post at the National Statistical Institute of Norway, before embarking on a career in Norwegian politics.
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Thursday, June 2, 2022