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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host the Commission on the National Defense Strategy, November 28, in Washington, DC



The Commission on the National Defense Strategy of the United States will launch its report at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The event is presented by the Dean's Forum and the Strategic Studies program. 


The NDS Commission will present its newly released, congressionally-mandated report. Established by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, the NDS Commission, co-chaired by Eric Edelman and Gary Roughead, is a panel of bipartisan national security experts appointed by Congress to review and evaluate the NDS. Secretary of Defense James Mattis released the NDS in January 2018 at Johns Hopkins SAIS.


The Commission's final report offers recommendations for ensuring the U.S. maintains the strong defense the American people deserve and expect, taking into account current and prospective circumstances as well as the broader geopolitical environment. Following opening remarks from Dr. Mara Karlin, Dr. Eliot Cohen will moderate a discussion with the Commission's co-chairs on the report's observations and recommendations.




Ambassador Eric Edelman

Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, appointed by Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to the NDS Commission


Admiral Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.)

Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow at the Hoover Institution, appointed by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) to the NDS Commission



Dr. Eliot Cohen

Johns Hopkins SAIS Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs and Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies


Opening Remarks

Dr. Mara Karlin

Acting Director of the Strategic Studies Program and Executive Director of The Merrill Center for Strategic Studies


Time and Date

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EST November 28, 2018



Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney-Herter Auditorium



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 7:30am – 8:30am.


Media Contact

Nate Thompson

Johns Hopkins SAIS

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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.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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