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When the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) was created in 1943, it defined the study of international relations at a time of global upheaval. Now is the time to do that again.


SAIS 75th Vision

In 1943 Paul H. Nitze and Christian Herter founded the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

In the midst of a world war still raging, they could see that the United States would henceforth shape global politics, that the European state system had crashed into ruin, and that the days of the great colonial empires were numbered. They understood the need for a new international economic order. And so they created a school led by scholars and practitioners of international affairs who understood that world, and who would teach the students who would shape it.

Seventy-five years later the school is now an integral part of a world-class university, has campus locations on three continents, and boasts an exceptional faculty, committed staff, and talented student body.

However, we stand at another watershed.

Today, the arrival of China as a superpower has transformed geopolitics; powerful and accelerating economic, social, environmental and technological forces operate that no state alone can control; and liberal democracy itself is being tested as it has not been in generations.

Our task is not only one of preserving the qualities that have made the school great, but to adapt and transform Johns Hopkins SAIS so that it will remain the premier destination for the study of international affairs. Led by a faculty who understand what awaits, we will again teach our students to shape the world.

The challenges of the next 75 years will be as exciting and as important as those of our past. Join us in rising to them.


Eliot A. Cohen



Impact across the World: A Year of 75th Anniversary Celebrations

In advance of the school celebrating its 75th anniversary, we hosted a yearlong series Global Signature Events that began in the fall of 2018. Programming for these events touched on issues of great importance in today’s complex world such as US – China relations, American foreign policy, the humanitarian crisis and global security, women’s leadership, and renewable energy. This yearlong celebration now culminates with a special 75th Anniversary Shape the World Celebration taking place in Washington, DC, October 24th – 25th.

We are excited to announce that we have sold out of tickets for the October 24th, 75th Anniversary Shape the World Celebration!

There are still limited tickets available for select 10/25 Shape the World Seminar Breakfasts.

If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please email Please note that tickets are released on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets are non-fundable and non-transferable.

Join us for this momentous occasion to reconnect with old friends, meet new members of the Johns Hopkins SAIS community, celebrate the school’s intellectual legacy, and position the school for future success.

Thursday, October 24
The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Cocktail Attire

Friday, October 25
Shape the World Seminars
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
8:00am – 9:30am
Business Casual Attire

Click here to purchase your tickets for the 75th Anniversary Shape the World Celebration! Click here to download a shareable copy of the 75th Anniversary Invitation.

Learn more about other 75th Anniversary Events below:

Washington, DC: American Foreign Policy Happy Hour
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019, 6– 8:30PM
Off Campus SAIS Event – Mission DuPont Circle

Washington, DC: Marquee Discussion with Jeffrey Goldberg & Anne Applebaum
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019, 3 – 4:30PM
Paul H. Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium

Washington, DC: Latin American Studies Happy Hour 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019, 5 – 6PM
Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 500

Washington, DC: Energy, Resources & Environment Happy Hour
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019, 5 – 7PM
ERE Suite, Rome Building


Double Your Gift…  Double Your Impact

Supporting Johns Hopkins SAIS has never been more important. And now, supporting the school has never been more far-reaching—thanks to a generous group of donors who have committed matching funds toward a variety of giving opportunities.



Where to Stay

Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill- 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The following link can be used for guests to reserve guest rooms.
Reserve Rooms

Conrad Hotel – 950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The following link can be used for guests to reserve guest rooms.
Reserve Rooms

Reservations must be made before October 11, 2019.
Please note that guest’s room & tax will be paid by each individual.


Honor Roll

Board of Advisors 75th Working Group

Lee Kempler ’91
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman Krieger MA ’69
Joseph Lipscomb ’91
Elizabeth Madigan Jost ’98
Vice Chair
Sarah O’Hagan ’86
Sean Ryan ’93
Michael White ’76

75th Anniversary Steering Committee

Kitty Harvey ’11
Logistics Chair
Tracy Horton ’13
Eric Jaffe, ’07
Jennifer Lind ’92
Katherine Maloney,’02
Sean Ryan ’93
Lorena Valente ’16
Bonnie Wilson

75th Anniversary Global Advisors

Jennifer Cano B’89, ’90
Charles Chang ’96
Sibyl Chen B’03, ’04
Stephen Chien ’06
Bruce Comer ’94
David Frey ’95, N’11
Jesse Friedlander ’02
Cindy Greene B’99, ’99
Jonathan Halpern JHU ’10, ’13, PhD ’13
Jerome Ingenhoff B’11, ’12
David Karl B’88, ’89
Anne LeBourgeois ’80
Sam Lee ’13
Kate Maloney ’02
Valerie Gadala-Maria ’13
Alix Murphy B’11, ’12
Rory Phimister ’98
Geetha Rao ’98
Kayla Renz ’16
Arthur Rubin ’92
Antonio Timoner Salva B’10, ’11


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