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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “SAIS Global Dialogue: Eurasia's Transformation and its Global Implications” on September 23


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host “SAIS Global Dialogue Eurasia’s Transformation and its Global Implications” on Thursday, September 23. This virtual event, presented by the Dean’s Office at the school, will focus on Eurasia’s growing interconnectivity and its potential impact on the global order.
The event will feature SAIS faculty experts from its three campus locations, Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, DC, discussing the potential re-emergence of Eurasia as a supercontinent and what it could mean for global governance, international trade, and security. 



Kent E. Calder
Interim Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
Jessica Fanzo
Interim Vice Dean and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Vali Nasr
Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Michael G. Plummer
Director, SAIS Europe
Adam K. Webb
American Co-Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center 

Time and Date

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. EDT
Thursday, September 23, 2021
This event is open to the public and media, with registration

Media Contact

Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620 

About the Speakers

Kent E. Calder is Interim Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS, previously served as the school’s Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020 and as director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018. Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.
A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for 11 years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs; 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.
Jessica Fanzo is the Interim Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Fanzo also directs the Johns Hopkins Global Food Policy and Ethics program and serves as Food and Nutrition Security director at Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World. From 2017 to 2019, she served as the co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report and the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before joining the university, she held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya.
Fanzo worked as an advisor for various organizations and governments, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), PATH, the Scaling Up Nutrition movement (SUN), UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO). With more than 20 years of research and program experience working in the field in sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, and the United States, her area of expertise focuses on the impact of transitioning food systems on healthy, environmentally sustainable and equitable diets, and more broadly on the livelihoods of people living in resource-constrained places. In 2021, Fanzo published her first book, Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?, and co-wrote Global Food Systems, Diets, and Nutrition: Linking Science, Economics, and Policy. She was the first laureate of the Carasso Foundation’s Sustainable Diets Prize in 2012 due to her research on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health.
Vali Nasr is the Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. He served as the eighth Dean of SAIS between 2012 and 2019 and served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke from 2009 to 2011. Nasr has advised senior American policymakers, world leaders, and businesses, including the President, Secretary of State, senior members of the Congress, and presidential campaigns. He has written for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among others.
Nasr is the author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat; Forces of Fortune: The Rise of a New Middle Class and How it Will Change Our World; The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future; Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty; Islamic Leviathan, Islam and the Making of State Power; Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism; and Vanguard of Islamic Revolution: Jama'at-i Islami of Pakistan; and numerous articles in scholarly journals.
Michael G. Plummer has been Director of SAIS Europe since 2014. Plummer, who joined the school in 2001, has served as the Eni Professor of Economics since 2008. Plummer served as head of the Development division of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2010 to 2012; an associate professor at Brandeis University from 1992 to 2001; Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Economics from 2007 to 2015; and is currently the journal’s Editor-in-Chief Emeritus. Plummer was president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES) from 2008 until 2015. 
A former Fulbright Chair in Economics and Pew Fellow in International Affairs at Harvard University, Plummer has been an Asian Development Bank (ADB) distinguished lecturer on several occasions and team leader of projects for various organizations including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United Nations, the OECD, the ADB, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. He has taught at more than a dozen universities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Plummer has advised several governments on the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and serves on the editorial boards of World Development, the Asian Economic Journal, and the Journal of Southeast Asian Economics (formerly ASEAN Economic Bulletin). He has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Adam K. Webb is the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), where he also serves as Resident Professor of Political Science. He has been a faculty member since 2008. Webb previously taught at Princeton and Harvard and was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests cut broadly across political thought, globalization, and critiques of modernity. He has also engaged topics connected with politics on the ground, including social movements, alternative development, and public opinion on cosmopolitanism and the rise of China.
Webb brings an international perspective to HNC and Sino-American relations, including a background of living in England, Spain, the U.S., and China, as well as doing fieldwork in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He is the author of three books, including Beyond the Global Culture War; A Path of Our Own: An Andean Village and Tomorrow’s Economy of Values; and Deep Cosmopolis: Rethinking World Politics and Globalisation. He is currently completing a book project laying out a traditional pluralist vision of future global constitutional order. 

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