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


Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (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 and former U.S. government officials who will offer insights into various topics related to diplomacy, transatlantic relations, climate change policy, national security, and beyond.

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 and free to the public and media, with registration. Please register here for Part I and Part II.


PART I | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM (U.S. ET)

Welcome & Opening Remarks | 9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Eliot A. Cohen, Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and former Counselor, U.S. Department of State

Defending Democracy

International Law and American Foreign Policy | 9:05 AM - 10:00 AM (U.S. ET)

Arthur E. Appleton, Adjunct Professor of Law, JHU SAIS, former Senior Trade and Investment Consultant, World Bank
Susanna Mancini, Adjunct Professor of International Law, SAIS Europe 
Daniel Magraw, Adjunct Professor, International Law & Policy, JHU SAIS, former CEO of Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Moderator: Steven Schneebaum, Practitioner-in-Residence and Interim Director of International Law and Organizations, JHU SAIS
Key Discussion Topics: 
Trade-related matters (Arthur Appleton)
Whether human rights will return as a facet of U.S. foreign policy (Susanna Mancini)
Law and policy re: environmental protection / other topics of choice (Daniel Magraw)

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

U.S. Foreign Policy towards Latin America | 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (U.S. ET)

Filipe Campante, Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and Bloomberg Associate Professor of International Economics, JHU SAIS
Jacqueline Mazza, Adjunct Lecturer, Latin America Studies Program, JHU SAIS
Moderator: Benjamin Gedan, Adjunct Lecturer, Latin America Studies Program, JHU SAIS, Deputy Director, Latin American Program and Director of Argentina Project, Woodrow Wilson Center, former South America Director, National Security Council, The White House
Key Discussion Topics: 
Migration and development policy with a focus on Latin America 
Biden’s expected approach to Latin American Policy 

Rise of Authoritarian Populism, U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security | 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM (U.S. ET)

Panelists: Yascha Mounk, Associate Professor of the Practice, JHU SAIS
Ambassador Eric Edelman, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, JHU SAIS, former U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Moderator: John E. McLaughlin, Practitioner-in-Residence, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, JHU SAIS, former Deputy Director of Intelligence, CIA
Key Discussion Topics:
Fragility of liberal democracy/rise of Authoritarian Populism (Yascha Mounk)
American Foreign Policy/National Security in 2021 (John E. McLaughlin, Amb. Edelman)

U.S./China and Taiwan Relations | 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (U.S. ET)

Panelists: Charles Doran, Andrew Mellon Professor of International Relations, JHU SAIS
                  David Keegan, Adjunct Lecturer, Chinese Studies, JHU SAIS, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer
Moderator: Andrew Mertha, Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation and Professor of China Studies, Director of China Studies, JHU SAIS
Key Discussion Topics: 
Identifying main themes re: continuity of foreign policy/rise of China (Charles Doran)
Impact of U.S.-Taiwan relations (David Keegan)

PART II | 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM (U.S. ET)

Reflections & Final Session Remarks | 2:30 PM – 2:35 PM

Dean Eliot A. Cohen

Strengthening U.S. Alliances

U.S./Europe and Transatlantic Relations | 2:35 PM - 3:30 PM (U.S. ET)

Andreas Rödder, Chair for Modern and Contemporary History at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and is the Helmut Schmidt Distinguished Visiting Professor at Henry Kissinger Center, JHU SAIS
Daniel Hamilton, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and formerly Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, JHU SAIS
Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor, Middle East Studies, SAIS Europe
Moderator: Nina Hall, Assistant Professor, International Relations, SAIS Europe
Key Discussion Topics:
Reflections on transatlantic relations in relation to the Middle East (Raffaella A. Del Sarto)
Europe and transatlantic relations with the U.S. (Andreas Rödder and Daniel Hamilton)

U.S./Africa and the Middle East | 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (U.S. ET)

Sarah Parkinson, Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Studies, JHU SAIS
Daniel Serwer, Director of Foreign Policy, JHU SAIS, scholar at Middle East Institute and former vice president of the Centers of Innovation at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
William Zartman, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Organization and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management and African Studies Programs, JHU SAIS
Moderator: Adria Lawrence, Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Science, JHU SAIS
Key Discussion Topics: 
Middle East issues for U.S. foreign policy (Daniel Serwer)
Africa and the Middle East (William Zartman, Sarah Parkinson)

U.S./Russia and Eurasia | 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (U.S. ET)

Panelists: Eugene Finkel, Associate Professor, JHU SAIS
                  David Kanin, Adjunct Lecturer of European Studies, JHU SAIS, former Senior Analyst, CIA
Moderator: Marsha McGraw Olive, Adjunct Lecturer, International Development, JHU, retired World Bank manager and former Senior Vice President of the Eurasia Foundation. 
Key Discussion Topics: 
Russia/former Soviet Union (Eugene Finkel)
Eurasia/National Intelligence (David Kanin)

Prioritizing Climate Change

Role of Climate Change Policy and Negotiations | 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM (U.S. ET)

Johannes Urpelainen, Director and Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment, Founding Director, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP)
Sarah Jordaan, Assistant Professor, Environment, JHU SAIS
Moderator: Douglas Hengel, Adjunct Lecturer, Energy, Resources and Environment Program, JHU SAIS, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy, Sanctions and Commodities
Key Discussion Topics: 
Role of climate change negotiations in how the U.S. reestablishes its global position (Johannes Urpelainen, Sarah Jordaan)
Climate change policy based on recent research (Johannes Urpelainen)
Science/tech interface (Sarah Jordaan)

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

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