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  • SAIS Europe Launches Innovative Master of Arts in Global Risk | SAIS
    of Johns Hopkins SAIS in multi disciplinary analysis by introducing students to the broad array of concepts and tools from the social sciences that will allow them to undertake sophisticated 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

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/content/sais-europe-launches-innovative-master-arts-global-risk (2015-11-11)
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  • Building resilience to wildfire in the United States | SAIS
    the U S Forest Service is on track to spend over 50 of its budget putting out fires policymakers must consider new and innovative solutions to manage wildfire costs The complete cost 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

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/content/building-resilience-wildfire-united-states (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 | SAIS
    based approach to better understanding relations between China and African countries The pace of China s expansion over the past fifteen years is unprecedented in scale and complexity The relationship with China is the most important relationship we have As China s 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

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/content/johns-hopkins-sais-expands-its-china-africa-research-initiative-support-carnegie-corporation (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 | SAIS
    Studies SAIS has expanded its degree offerings for experienced professionals with its new Master of Arts in Global Policy Program GPP This dynamic 16 month program blends theory and practice to allow students to immediately apply knowledge from the classroom to their workplace Daniel S Markey has been appointed the academic director for the program I m very excited to join the SAIS community said Markey What has impressed me most about the GPP is how much care has been put into making sure it delivers a world class education in ways 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 an international residency during which the group travels

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/news-and-events/for-the-press/press-releases/johns-hopkins-sais-launches-first-its-kind-master-arts (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 | SAIS
    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 The volume Incomplete Democracy in the Asia Pacific Evidence from Indonesia Korea the Philippines and Thailand Palgrave Macmillan 2014 focuses on mass attitudes and behaviors and the ways in which these popular attitudes enable continued elite control of Asian democracies This book shows that even with substantial variations the chronic problem of democracy in Indonesia Korea the Philippines and Thailand has been the lack of mobilized demand for good governance 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 a pioneering research initiative

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/news-and-events/for-the-press/press-releases/jhu-sais-southeast-asia-studies-and-us-korea-institute (2015-11-11)
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  • Johns Hopkins SAIS Launches First-of-its-kind Master of Arts in Global Policy | SAIS
    Launches First of its kind Master of Arts in Global Policy Johns Hopkins University s Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies SAIS is expanding its degree offerings for experienced professionals as officials announced the launch of a new Master of Arts in Global Policy Program GPP The program is now accepting applicants for its inaugural cohort that will begin in July 2015 This dynamic 16 month program blends theory and practice to allow students to immediately apply knowledge from the classroom to their workplace At SAIS we pride ourselves on providing an interdisciplinary education that is timely and relevant to addressing challenges in the global arena said SAIS Dean Vali Nasr 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 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 an international residency during which the group travels abroad to address a current global policy challenge The GPP offers an unparalleled opportunity for working professionals who seek superior training in global affairs and policy management said Peter Lewis Academic Director of the GPP and a member of the SAIS faculty The course schedule is convenient for students with regular working commitments providing the platform to network with peers distinguished SAIS faculty and experts from a broad array of fields GPP students will learn from SAIS s renowned faculty SAIS faculty members have been internationally recognized for their scholarship experience and quality of teaching They

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  • DAVID MILIBAND PRESIDENT AND CEO, INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE 2014 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON, DC, 22 MAY 2014 | SAIS
    and sanitation in Burma Myanmar Support for women and girls in DRC and Burundi The argument I want you to think about today links my political history with my present humanitarian focus There is a gap today between humanitarian need and humanitarian aid and it is our task to build a bridge The Mismatch of Humanitarian Need and the Humanitarian System Let me start with what is a very big and growing problem the number of people affected by humanitarian crisis has almost doubled over the last ten years and the cost has trebled With more refugees and Internally Displaced People than ever before 52 million last year one every 4 seconds the humanitarian system is stretched as never before by the weakness of the international political system The political response to monstrous abuse of civilian life is weak The flouting of civilian rights in warfare whether in Syria or Sri Lanka rolling back decades of humanitarian law and practice is making a mockery of declarations by the UN Security Council The plain fact is that while many of you will have studied the responsibility to protect in international affairs the right to abuse is stronger today The dangerous nexus between demand for food energy and water is increasing insecurity with the specter of climate refugees driven from their homes never able to return There is frightening religious sectarianism within Islam and between Muslims and Christians not just in the Middle East but also in Africa In the Central African Republic the Muslim population has been driven from the country There is the politicization of aid not least the growth of jihadism with a human face as Jabhat al Nusra in Syria and LET in Pakistan fight for hearts and minds through their social welfare programs I yield to nobody in my admiration for the work that I have seen on the ground by staff of my own organization Dedicated people of incredible bravery doing vital humanitarian rescue most of them in their own homeland But we have to concede that amidst the frenetic life saving activity there is also inertia in the humanitarian system We still have policy tailored for refugee camp situations when most refugees and IDPs are not actually in refugee camps Grants are short term and ad hoc when problems are long term and systematic Programs currently respond to the requirements of donors when they need to focus on the reality of people s lives Economic betterment is an add on when helping those in long term need earn their own living needs to be central The rhetoric about prevention so called Disaster Risk Reduction is much stronger than the reality only 0 5 of aid over the last 20 years was devoted to prevention and preparedness This is why people are able to write books called The Tyranny of Experts Aid on the Edge of Chaos and How the World came to Save Haiti and left behind a Disaster So this is the challenge laid

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/news-and-events/for-the-press/press-releases/david-miliband-president-and-ceo-international-rescue-c (2015-11-11)
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  • JHU SAIS Names New Director of Europe Campus in Bologna | SAIS
    Economics since 2008 a position he will continue to hold As the director Plummer will be responsible for the management of the center s affairs and will provide academic and administrative leadership to SAIS Europe as it continues to expand its reach across Europe and neighboring regions Professor Plummer a distinguished economist is known for his work in both academia and policy making circles Between 2010 and 2012 he served as the Head of the Development Division at the Organization for Economic Co operation and Development OECD Prior to joining SAIS Professor Plummer was an associate professor at Brandeis University where he also served as Director of the M A Programs at the university s Graduate School of International Economics and Finance now known as the International Business School He has also been research associate professor at the Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration at Kobe University in Japan In his more than 30 years of experience in academia Plummer has received numerous awards and fellowships has authored and co authored many books and journal articles and has led several international studies for the ASEAN economic community Among his professional activities Plummer is currently editor in chief of the Journal of Asian Economics president of the American Committee for Asian Economic Studies and a non resident senior fellow at the East West Center Plummer received a B A in Economics and a B A in French from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1980 an M A in Economics from Michigan State University in 1984 a postgraduate diploma from SAIS and a Ph D in Economics from Michigan State University in 1988 SAIS is one of the country s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations SAIS Europe is a premier center of research

    Original URL path: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/news-and-events/for-the-press/press-releases/jhu-sais-names-new-director-europe-campus-bologna (2015-11-11)
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