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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global, for a virtual discussion on “The Dilemmas and the Opportunities of the New Global Disorder" on Aug. 18


Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Eliot A. Cohen and the school’s Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) will host “The Dilemmas and the Opportunities of the New Global Disorder,” a virtual discussion featuring Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and founder of The Huffington Post, as part of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Initiative’s Current Issues Seminar. This speaker series honors the late U.S. National Security Advisor’s long tenure as a foreign policy professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS where he left a legacy of leading highly regarded and intellectually challenging current issues seminars focused on American foreign policy.
During the event, Huffington will discuss the dilemmas and opportunities the world faces during this time of transition, from COVID-19 to racial justice to the global economy. Additional information is available on the Zbigniew Brzezinski Initiative website.


Arianna Huffington
Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
Author and Founder, Huffington Post


Carla P. Freeman
Executive Director, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS


Eliot A. Cohen
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date

12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020


This event is open to the public and media, with registration.

Media Contacts

Jason Lucas 
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620
Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Monica Lee
Chief Communications Officer
Thrive Global
+1 (917)-575-2630

About the Speaker

Arianna Huffington is founder and CEO of Thrive Global, founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, “Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.” In 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the internet. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.
Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder” and “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time,” both became instant international bestsellers.

Zbigniew Brzezinski Initiative

To recognize Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski’s legacy, the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute has established a unique set of academic programs that build on the school’s strengths as a leading center for training graduate students in international policy and relevant academic research. This recognition comprises both immediate programming and longer-term plans, which together will equip a new generation of policy experts capable of the authoritative analysis, strategic vision, and active diplomacy that were hallmarks of Dr. Brzezinski’s role as a scholar, policy advisor, and statesman. For more information, visit:

Foreign Policy Institute

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. FPI seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia. Read more about FPI here:

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 on Twitter @SAISHopkins


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