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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Grappling with COVID-19: Policy Lessons from East Asia" webinar on April 20

MEDIA ADVISORY
 
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host “Grappling with COVID-19: Policy Lessons from East Asia,” a webinar examining a recently released report titled, “The COVID-19 Crisis: Policy Lessons from East Asia”. This webinar is presented by the school’s Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and Japan Studies program.
 
The report, developed by the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies’ COVID-19 Policy Research Task Force, focuses on East Asian efforts to contain the coronavirus, and then re-open their economies and societies. It includes observations and recommendations related to rapid intervention, border controls, testing, contact tracing, and medical supply side policies.
 
During the webinar, Ambassador David B. Shear, Kent E. Calder, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Wonhyuk Lim, professor at KDI School of Public Policy and Management and adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Jeremy Shiffman, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Johns Hopkins University, will discuss approaches the West can adopt from the East Asian experience to prepare for and cope with deadly pandemics, as well as the re-opening that must inevitably follow.  
 
To access “The COVID-19 Crisis: Policy Lessons from East Asia” report, visit: https://www.reischauercenter.org/reischauercenter/wp-content/uploads/The-COVID-19-Crisis-Policy-Lessons-from-East-Asia-FINAL.pdf   
 
 
Speakers
Ambassador David B. Shear
Former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
Adjunct Lecturer, Johns Hopkins SAIS
 
Kent E. Calder
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Former Special Advisor to three US Ambassadors to Japan
 
Wonhyuk Lim
Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management
Adjunct Lecturer, Johns Hopkins SAIS
 
Jeremy Shiffman
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy, Johns Hopkins SAIS
 
 
Time and Date
11:00 a.m. ET
Monday, April 20, 2020
 
Registration
The webinar is open to the public and media, with registration.
 
 
Media Contacts
Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
miji.bell@jhu.edu
 
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620
jlucas27@jhu.edu
 
 
About the Speakers
Ambassador David B. Shear is currently a senior advisory at McLarty Associates and an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs from 2014 to 2016, when he performed the duties of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Prior to 2014, Ambassador Shear served for 32 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, most recently as the ambassador to Vietnam. He has also worked in Sapporo, Beijing, Tokyo, and Kuala Lumpur.
 
In Washington, Ambassador Shear has served in the Offices of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Affairs and as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Ambassador Shear was Director of the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in 2008-2009 and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in 2009-2011. He is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and the Defense Department’s Civilian Meritorious Service Award. Also, he serves as chairman of the National Association of Japan-American Societies.
 
Kent E. Calder serves as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation. He is also Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, and served from 2016-2018 as Director of Asia Programs. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Calder served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, professor at Princeton University, lecturer on Government at Harvard University, and as the first Executive Director of Harvard’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations.
 
In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder has authored the following books: “Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration;” “Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan;” “Singapore: Smart City, Smart State;” Asia in Washington;” and “The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics.”
 
Wonhyuk Lim is a professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. Since he joined KDI in 1996, his research has focused on state-owned enterprises and family-based business groups (chaebol). He has also written extensively on development issues, in conjunction with policy consultation projects under Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP). In 2013, he became Vice President and Director of Department of Competition Policy at KDI. In 2014-15, he served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Regulatory Studies. In 2016-18, Lim served as the Director of the Global Economy Division and Chair of the KDI Publication Committee. Most recently, he served as Associate Dean, Office of Development Research and International Cooperation. Lim also serves as an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
 
Lim currently serves as Director of Policy Research at the Center for International Development within the Korea Development Institute. He was a member of the Presidential Transition Committee and the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asia after the 2002 election in Korea. A former fellow with Brookings Institution’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, he has written extensively on development and corporate governance issues.
 
Jeremy Shiffman is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University, with joint appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (Department of International Health) and Johns Hopkins SAIS. A political scientist by training, his research focuses on the politics of health policy processes in low-income countries and in global governance. His research has been funded by the Gates, MacArthur, Rockefeller and Open Societies Foundations, among other organizations.
 
Shiffman’s work has appeared in multiple journals, including The Lancet and The American Journal of Public Health. He received the Gary and Stacey Jacobs Award for excellence in health policy research. And has served on multiple technical advisory committees for organizations working in global health, and is on the editorial board of several health policy journals. Across his career, he has received six awards for excellence in teaching.
 
About Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies was established at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 1984 with the explicit support of the Reischauer family. Its mission is to support research on trans-Pacific and inter-Asian relations while promoting mutual understanding between Northeast Asia, particularly Japan, and the United States.
 
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
 
For more information, visit sais.jhu.edu or on Twitter @SAISHopkins
 
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Date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2020