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  • Media Advisory: The UN in the New Global Landscape
    in Göteborg Sweden in 1940 Jan Eliasson was an exchange student in the United States from 1957 to 1958 He graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy in 1962 and earned a master s degree in Economics and Business Administration in 1965 Eliasson served as Diplomatic Adviser to the Swedish Prime Minister from 1982 to 1983 and as Director General for Political Affairs in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1987 From 1988 to 1992 he was Sweden s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York where he was part of the UN mediation missions in the war between Iran and Iraq headed by former Prime Minister Olof Palme In 1992 he was appointed the first UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and was involved in operations in Somalia Sudan Mozambique and the Balkans taking initiatives on landmines conflict prevention and humanitarian action In 1993 and 1994 Eliasson served as mediator in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict for the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe Eliasson was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 2000 and the Swedish Ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2005 From 2005 to 2006 he served as President of the UN General Assembly Eliasson s distinguished career as a Swedish diplomat culminated in his serving as Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2006 From January 2007 to July 2008 Eliasson was the UN Secretary General s Special Envoy for Darfur On 2 March 2012 Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary General of the UN by Secretary General Ban Ki moon He took office as Deputy Secretary General on 1 July 2012 Eliasson is married to Kerstin Eliasson who was Sweden s State Secretary for Education and Science from 2004 to 2006 They have three grown children Location Johns

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/214325 (2015-11-11)
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  • Four Myths About Chinese ‘Land Grabbing’ in Africa
    Research Initiative A roundtable discussion will be held to probe the myths and realities behind media headlines on the issue The roundtable takes place 4 30 6 00pm Eastern on Thursday October 29 2015 at 1740 Massachusetts Ave N W Washington DC The event is free and open to the public Online registration 2 is required to attend Media are invited to register in order to cover this on the record event As the book reveals there are common misconceptions surrounding Chinese investments in Africa We investigated the 60 largest reported Chinese agricultural investments and tracked each one down Bräutigam said If all of these had actually happened China would now be holding over 6 million hectares about 1 percent of all the arable land in Africa Instead China s farmland acquisitions across Africa seem to have amounted to less than 250 000 hectares by 2014 Most existing Chinese farms grow food for local markets and are run by private entrepreneurs No one has yet found a village of Chinese farmers anywhere in Africa Bräutigam said Moreover China s policy incentives do not make it easy to import staple grains like rice Trade data show that China exports far more food to Africa than it imports To feed its own population Bräutigam stressed that Africa must move from subsistence to commercial agriculture and China may play a role in that transition China s agricultural modernization could offer useful ideas for African leaders and lessons on how foreign skills and talents can be channeled into positive outcomes for their people Bräutigam writes But Africans themselves must make these decisions About Johns Hopkins SAIS For more than seventy years the Johns Hopkins University s School of Advanced International Studies SAIS has been recognized as a leader in the study and practice of

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/214182 (2015-11-11)
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  • Press Release | SAIS
    Four Myths About Chinese Land Grabbing in Africa FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6 2015 Leading graduate school in international affairs with campus in Europe establishes unique multi disciplinary degree that analyses and assesses uncertainty in global markets to equip decision makers with cutting edge intellectual and practical tools Read more about SAIS Europe Launches Innovative Master of Arts in Global Risk Students from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies SAIS collaborate with Swiss Re to examine innovative strategies to help governments better manage financial risk from severe wildfire seasons Johns Hopkins SAIS student researchers collaborated with global reinsurer Swiss Re to publish a study furthering the understanding of natural disaster management policy and develop a platform for unlocking resources to build climate resilience Read more about Building resilience to wildfire in the United States The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies SAIS has received generous funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York and a joint grant between the Economic and Social Research Council ESRC and the United Kingdom s Department for International Development DFID to further support the important work of the China Africa Research Initiative CARI Read more about Johns Hopkins SAIS Expands its China Africa Research Initiative with Support from Carnegie Corporation the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development Washington D C June 25 2013 Stephen Bosworth former U S ambassador to the Republic of Korea will join the Johns Hopkins University Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies SAIS as the new chairman of the U S Korea Institute USKI at SAIS effective July 1 Bosworth recently retired as dean of Tufts University s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy a position he assumed in 2001 after a long and distinguished career in the U S Department

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  • SAIS Europe Launches Innovative Master of Arts in Global Risk
    analysis on a variety of issues The program is designed for both early career and experienced professionals including students with prior master s degrees Policymakers and nonprofit leaders commonly face an environment of uncertainty as they grapple with urgent challenges said Vali Nasr dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS In creating a degree focused on international risk management the school aims to develop leaders with quantitative expertise that can be applied in the policy areas driving international affairs in our time including financial markets international trade migration and security energy and international peacekeeping We are excited for the program s potential to enhance risk management capabilities in corporate boardrooms NGOs and state houses worldwide In addition to rigorous coursework students in the Master of Arts in Global Risk program complete a 12 week external practicum project or an original thesis In the practicum option students apply their knowledge and skills by identifying and mitigating potential risks facing a company or organization The Master of Arts in Global Risk offers a unique opportunity to gain both the theoretical framework and the practical tools for international careers in the management of uncertainty said Filippo Taddei director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research and assistant professor of economics The program draws on all the strengths of Johns Hopkins SAIS including its research active faculty outstanding career services and international alumni network Students in the Master of Arts in Global Risk program will learn from the school s renowned faculty including members that have been internationally recognized for their scholarship experience and quality of teaching They are award winning authors diplomats thinkers and senior ranking officials who are authorities on international economics and international relations and who have expertise in contemporary issues concerning Africa Asia Europe and Eurasia Latin America the Middle East and

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/214102 (2015-11-11)
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  • Building resilience to wildfire in the United States
    of wildfires includes firefighting and recovery costs as well as a number of indirect impacts of the wire on watersheds tourism property values tax revenues public health and the environment Many of these costs are shouldered by governments who receive assistance from the U S Forest Service However the Forest Service has exhausted its fire suppression funds in 8 of the past 13 years thereby requiring re routing of funds for other important programs including wildfire prevention This causes significant disruption to the Forest Service and is ultimately a non sustainable process for funding suppression There is also a limit to the relief that is being provided by insurance Oregon for example has maxed out its catastrophic wildfire insurance the past two years in a row As these extreme fire seasons continue federal and state governments alike are approaching a threshold for accommodating continued increases in costs under current funding structures Currently most US states lack a sustainable financial strategy to respond to the changing climate landscape Although individual decision makers largely agree that the rear view mentality regarding wildfire costs is no longer acceptable the urgency of covering immediate fire suppression needs limit the resources and capacity available for long term planning explains Alex Kaplan Senior Client Manager Swiss Re Global Partnerships Although financing natural disasters through private insurance markets remains a frontier arena the western states of the US have demonstrated leadership in proactively addressing climate change and now have the opportunity to redefine wildfire resiliency A sustainable wildfire management strategy would anticipate growing suppression costs and ensure that financial instruments were in place to protect public budgets from disaster induced shocks said Celeste Connors former White House official on climate change and Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty advisor There is insufficient public funding available to address the scale

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/213938 (2015-11-11)
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  • Johns Hopkins SAIS Expands its China-Africa Research Initiative with Support from Carnegie Corporation, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development
    engagement in Africa continues to grow it is essential that we have a far more solid understanding of its scope and impact Sorting fiction from fact requires experience good contacts and a sound understanding of how China is going global With this support CARI is poised to be the hub for the most accurate unbiased source of information on China s economic engagement in Africa said Brautigam Through high quality data collection field research conferences and collaboration CARI will enhance scholarly and practical understanding of China s role in Africa and will build a core of new generation experts around the world Johns Hopkins SAIS s convening power will provide a platform for CARI to showcase its findings and promote dialogue with academics policymakers and journalists who study and cover the topic Support from Carnegie Corporation Carnegie Corporation s grant will enable CARI to develop a database that applies greater rigor in tracking Chinese finance and investments in Africa Their funding will help to finance the construction and maintenance of a dedicated website that houses data a quarterly newsletter with key findings conferences and workshops and the publication of working papers and policy briefs CARI will also sponsor a fellowship program for scholars journalists researchers and practitioners from China Africa and the United States to work on energy infrastructure environment and other aspects of China s African engagement Support from DFID ESRC The DFID ESRC grant will support the program s research into China s recent investment in Africa CARI will use multiple methods to explore the question of linkages between Chinese and African firms and producers Research will commence with mapping via desk studies and existing databases proceed to fieldwork scoping studies case studies and include surveys to present an evidence based analysis of technology transfer linkages learning and

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/213505 (2015-11-11)
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  • Johns Hopkins SAIS Launches First-of-its-kind Master of Arts in Global Policy; Daniel Markey Named Academic Director
    that meet the needs of experienced professionals The GPP will contribute to SAIS s proud tradition of educating tomorrow s global leaders Markey comes to SAIS from the Council on Foreign Relations where he was the Senior Fellow for India Pakistan and South Asia Previously he held positions on the Secretary s Policy Planning Staff at the State Department as well at Princeton University s Research Program in International Security and Harvard s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies With the GPP we are bringing both a practical and academic approach to rising professionals who are hungry for a deeper understanding of international affairs in a way that directly benefits their careers said SAIS Dean Vali Nasr We are excited to have Dan at the helm of the GPP His wide ranging experience from academia to government to think tanks will provide leadership and vision for the program s growth GPP classes meet conveniently on alternating weekends with students moving through the program together and taking courses in a cohort format The program design supports close student to student and student to faculty connections which fosters strong professional networks spanning all sectors and regions of the world The program culminates with

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/161247 (2015-11-11)
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  • JHU SAIS Southeast Asia Studies and the US-Korea Institute at SAIS Publish New Book on the State of Democracy in Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines and Thailand
    In Incomplete Democracies in the Asia pacific Evidence from Indonesia Korea the Philippines and Thailand Karl D Jackson CV Starr Distinguished Professor and Director Asian Studies and Southeast Asia Studies Program at SAIS Jae H Ku Director U S Korea Institute at SAIS and Giovanna Maria Dora Dore Visiting Scholar in the Southeast Asia Studies Program at SAIS show that a substantial length of the road must still be travelled before democracy becomes complete and fully consolidated across Asian countries The authors explore what it is about the nature of public opinion and the process of day to day participation that has made electoral democracies in Indonesia Korea the Philippines and Thailand vulnerable to legitimacy crises occasioned by the expansion of popular participation The authors analyze the relative absence of participation between elections the continued influence of traditional social structure the incomplete emergence of civil society organizations citizens views of democracy and authoritarianism and the chronic weakness of political parties to understand more fully what is going on beneath the surface and beyond the headlines Incomplete Democracies in the Asia Pacific Evidence from Indonesia Korea the Philippines and Thailand is the first book emerging from the SAIS Asia Democracy Project

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/print/161246 (2015-11-11)
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