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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “What’s Next for U.S. Foreign Policy” on December 9


Johns Hopkins SAIS will host “What’s Next for U.S. Foreign Policy” on Wednesday, December 9. This two-session virtual event, presented by Eliot A. Cohen, Dean at Johns Hopkins SAIS and a former Counselor at the U.S. Department of State, will focus on important priorities facing the incoming Biden administration as well as how it might reshape U.S. foreign policy and rebuild key alliances around the world.
Additionally, this event will feature several Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty experts who will offer insights into various topics related to diplomacy, transatlantic relations, climate change policy, national security, and beyond.


Part I 

9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks 
Dean Eliot A. Cohen

Defending Democracy

9:05 a.m.
International Law and American Foreign Policy
Moderator: Steven Schneebaum

Strengthening U.S. Alliances/Limits of U.S. Military Power

10:00 a.m.
U.S. Foreign Policy towards Latin America
10:30 a.m.
Rise of Authoritarian Populism, U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security
Panelists: Yascha Mounk, Ambassador Eric Edelman
Moderator: John E. McLaughlin
11:00 a.m.
U.S./China and Taiwan Relations 
Moderator: Andrew Mertha


2:30 p.m.
Reflections & Final Session Remarks
Dean Eliot A. Cohen

Strengthening U.S. Alliances

2:35 p.m.
U.S./Europe and Transatlantic Relations 
Panelist: Daniel Hamilton
3:30 p.m.
U.S./Africa and the Middle East
Panelists: Daniel Serwer, William Zartman
4:00 p.m.
U.S./Russia and Eurasia

Prioritizing Climate Change

4:30 p.m.
Role of Climate Change Policy and Negotiations 
Panelist: Johannes Urpelainen
Moderator: Douglas C. Hengel

Time and Date

9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST
2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, December 9, 2020


This event is open to the public and media, with registration (Part I and Part II).

Media Contacts

Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620

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 more than 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 or on Twitter @SAISHopkins
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