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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host conversation with Alexander Vindman, former White House National Security Council member, on October 19


The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a conversation with Alexander Vindman, former White House National Security Council member, on Tuesday, October 19. Vindman, an FPI fellow and doctoral student at SAIS, will join Johns Hopkins SAIS Interim Dean Kent E. Calder to discuss his new book Here, Right Matters: An American Story, which focuses on his upbringing, military service, and decision to report former President Donald Trump’s discussions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to Trump’s first impeachment. 



Kent E. Calder
Interim Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS
Alexander Vindman
Former Director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia, White House National Security Council
Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)
Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, John Hopkins SAIS 

Time and Date

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EDT
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 


Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036 


The event is closed to the general public but open to a limited number of credentialed media. Due to space constraints and COVID-19 safety protocols, in-person coverage will be restricted. Members of the media who wish to cover the event in person must request access by emailing [email protected] no later than 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 15. When submitting a request to cover the event, please provide an attendee name, media affiliation, email address, day of phone number, and if you will be bringing a video camera. Final attendance confirmation will be sent via email by close of business on Monday, October 18. Pre-authorized camera set-up will be permitted from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. A livestream of the event will be available with registration

Media Contact

Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620
[email protected] 

About the Speakers

Kent E. Calder is Interim Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Calder, who also directs the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS, previously served as the school’s Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation from 2018 to 2020 and as director of Asia Programs from 2016 to 2018. Prior to SAIS, Calder served as special advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), professor at Princeton University, lecturer on government at Harvard, and as the first executive director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer.
A specialist in East Asian political economy, Calder lived and researched in Japan for 11 years and across East Asia for four years. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. Calder's publications include: Global Political Cities: Actors and Arenas of Influence in International Affairs; Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration; Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan; Singapore: Smart City, Smart State; Asia in Washington; and The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First Century Eurasian Geopolitics.
Alexander Vindman is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who most recently served as the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Previously, he served as the Political-Military Affairs Officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as an attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student and fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, and a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Perry World House.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2021