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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host the 14th Annual Alvin H. Bernstein Lecture, "Was the United States Ever Good at National Security Policy?" with Kori Schake, November 8, in Washington, DC

MEDIA ADVISORY The 14th Annual Alvin H. Bernstein Lecture, "Was the United States Ever Good at National Security Policy?" with Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event is presented by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. Alvin H. Bernstein, a distinguished ancient historian and lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS who served in positions of high responsibility in the U.S. Department of Defense, was an exceptional educator in the civilian academic world (Yale and Cornell) and in the U.S. government (the U.S. Naval War College, National Defense University, and the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies). In keeping with his example and his interests, the Alvin H. Bernstein Annual Lecture has as its organizing theme the intersection of history and national security policy. Speaker Dr. Kori Schake Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Time and Date Lecture at 4:45pm Reception to follow November 8, 2018 Location Johns Hopkins SAIS Kenney-Herter Auditorium. Registration The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event selecting "Media" on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:45pm – 4:15pm. Media Contact Stephanie Papa Johns Hopkins SAIS +1 (202) 663-5911 office [email protected] About the Speaker Dr. Kori Schake is the Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She is a contributing editor at the Atlantic, the author of Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony (Harvard University Press), and editor with Jim Mattis of Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military (Hoover Institution). She has worked as director for defense strategy and requirements on the NSC staff, as deputy director of policy planning in the State Department, in OSD Strategy and Requirements, and in the Joint Staff. She was senior policy advisor on the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential campaign. She teaches in War Studies at King’s College and has previously taught at Stanford University, the United States Military Academy, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Maryland. About the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies The Philip Merrill Center explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power—from the use of terror by small, non-state groups to the threatened use of nuclear weapons—aiming to promote dialogue and innovative research on pressing national security issues. As a center for teacher development, it develops educational materials and provides opportunities for university and professional teachers to develop skills in this field. The capstone of this effort is the annual four-day pedagogical colloquium on teaching strategic studies at Basin Harbor, Vermont. As a center for strategic thought, it focuses on the relationship between history and policy, bringing together practitioners, scholars, and journalists to explore issues of intellectual substance and practical consequence. The Merrill Center sponsors conferences and small seminars discussing contemporary security issues and leads the Hertog Summer Study that fosters strategic thinking on one of the broad challenges the United States faces today and will face in the future. The 2015 summer study explored strategies for the United States to compete with China over the next several decades. As a center for education, it brings outside speakers to the Johns Hopkins SAIS community through the Alvin H. Bernstein Annual Lecture; the You Were There lecture series; and other lectures sponsored by the Merrill Center as well as organizing staff rides for military or civilian groups. For more information, visit, @SAISStrat, or @SAISStrategicStudies 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 or @SAISHopkins ###

Thursday, November 1, 2018
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