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Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

See also the articles on the SAIS international campuses: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center (in Bologna, Italy) and Hopkins-Nanjing Center (in Nanjing, China)
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Established 1943
Type Private
Parent institution
Johns Hopkins University
Dean Vali R. Nasr
Postgraduates 950
Location Washington, D.C., USA
Bologna, Italy
Nanjing, China
Affiliations APSIA
Website SAIS Website

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C., United States, with campuses in Bologna, Italy; and Nanjing, China. It is generally considered one of the top graduate schools for international relations in the world. The institution is devoted to the study of international affairs, economics, diplomacy, and policy research and education.[1]

The school is regarded as a major center of political debate as it served as a base for a number of prominent political scientists and economists. Among them are political economy scholar Francis Fukuyama; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; and military historian and former counselor of the U.S. Department of State Eliot Cohen. Its students are selected from a large pool of applicants from all parts of the world.[2]

The SAIS Washington D.C. campus is located on Massachusetts Avenue's Embassy Row, just off Dupont Circle and across from the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and next to the Center for Global Development and the Peterson Institute.


  • History 1
  • Organization and academic programs 2
  • Reputation 3
  • Annual themes 4
  • Child Protection Project 5
  • Research centers 6
  • Publications 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • Past and present faculty 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • Further reading 12


SAIS was founded in 1943 by Paul H. Nitze and Christian Herter and became part of The Johns Hopkins University in 1950. The school was established during World War II by a group of statesmen who sought new methods of preparing men and women to cope with the international responsibilities that would be thrust upon the United States in the postwar world.

The founders assembled a faculty of scholars and professionals (often borrowed from other universities) to teach international relations, international economics, and foreign languages to a small group of students. The curriculum was designed to be both scholarly and practical. The natural choice for the location of the school was Washington, D.C., a city where international resources are abundant and where American foreign policy is shaped and set in motion. When the school opened in 1944, 15 students were enrolled.[3]

In 1955 the school created the Bologna Center in Italy, the first full-time graduate school located in Europe under an American higher-education system. By 1963 SAIS outgrew its first quarters on Florida Avenue and moved to one of its present buildings on Massachusetts Avenue. In 1986, the Hopkins–Nanjing Center was created in Nanjing, China, completing the school's global presence.

Organization and academic programs

SAIS – Washington, D.C.

SAIS is a global school with campuses in three continents. It has nearly 600 full-time students in Washington, D.C.; 190 full-time students in Bologna, Italy; and about 160 full-time students in Nanjing, China. Of these, 60 percent come from the United States and 37 percent from more than 70 other countries.[4] Around 50% are women and 22% are from U.S. minority groups. The SAIS Bologna Center is the only full-time international relations graduate program in Europe that operates under an American higher-education system, and the Hopkins–Nanjing Center, which teaches courses in both Chinese and English, is jointly administered by SAIS and Nanjing University.[5]

SAIS offers multidisciplinary instruction leading to the degrees of master of arts, master of international economics and finance (11 months), master of international public policy (a mid-career full-time degree), and doctor of philosophy. Approximately 300 students graduate from SAIS Washington, D.C., campus each year from the two-year master of arts program in international relations and international economics. Unlike most other international affairs graduate schools that offer professional master's degrees, SAIS requires its master of arts candidates to fulfill the International Ecopass a one-hour capstone oral examination synthesizing and integrating knowledge from the student's regional or functional concentration and international economics.[6] The oral examination and international economics requirements of the SAIS master of arts curriculum have been the signature aspects of the school's education.

Courses are taught in 20 programs, including international strategic studies); international development; African studies; American foreign policy; Asian studies (Asia/China studies; Asia/Japan studies; Asia/Korea studies; Asia/Southeast Asia studies; Asia/South Asia studies), European studies; Middle East studies; Russia & Eurasia studies; Western Hemisphere studies (Western Hemisphere/Canada studies; Western Hemisphere/Latin America studies); and 15 foreign languages.[6]

SAIS also maintains formal joint-degree programs with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, INSEAD, the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia Law School, Stanford Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, Nanjing University, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


A study conducted by the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations[1] at the Harvard University (Kennedy), Tufts University (Fletcher), and Columbia University (SIPA). In 2007 Foreign Policy magazine produced the same study, and while SAIS remained one of the top-ranked programs, it moved to second position as Georgetown (Walsh) received the most votes.

Since 1990, SAIS and the Fletcher School have been the only nonlaw schools in the United States to participate in the prestigious University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland.

SAIS students have also demonstrated their versatility by successfully competing in the Sustainable Innovation Summit Challenge hosted by the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Two different SAIS teams won first place in both 2007 and 2008, besting teams of MBA students from some of the world's top business schools.[7][8]

A joint team from SAIS and the University of Pennsylvania's

  • Wheeler, Norton. Role of American NGOs in China's Modernization: Invited Influence (Routledge, 2014) 240 pp. online review, on Nanjing Center

Further reading

  1. ^ a b "Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations | Home". 1. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "SAIS Office of Career Services | For Employers". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  3. ^ Gutner, Tammi L. "The Story of SAIS". Washington, D.C.: School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, 1987.
  4. ^ SAIS Prepare to Lead Brochure, released Summer 2009
  5. ^ See Norton Wheeler, Role of American NGOs in China's Modernization: Invited Influence (Routledge, 2014) online review, on the history of the Nanjing Center
  6. ^ a b "Johns Hopkins SAIS Academics | MA Program | Requirements". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Thunderbird Names Sustainable Innovation Summit Winners – Press Releases on". 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Sustainable Innovation Summit winners announced – Thunderbird School of Global Management". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  9. ^ "Robert H. Smith School of Business – University of Maryland, College Park". 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  10. ^ "Johns Hopkins SAIS | Press Room | SAIS Reports". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  11. ^ a b c "Johns Hopkins SAIS | Year of Religion". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Drafting Human Rights Legislation Expert Group". The Protection Project. 
  13. ^ Katai de Mello Dantas (August 1, 2011) "Protecting Children from Exploitation: Discussions on Creating a Model Law and a Parliamentary Guide", Peace & Collaborative Development Network
  14. ^ "Speeches". The Protection Project. 
  15. ^ "Panel Discussion (Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights) (Geneva, 7–9 October 2013); The Role of Parliaments in Protecting the Rights of Children, in Particular Unaccompanied Migrant Children, and in Preventing their Exploitation in Situations of War and Conflict", Inter-Parliamentary Union
  16. ^ "129th IPU Assembly; Overview of Main Events and Decisions (Geneva, 7–9 October 2013)", Inter-Parliamentary Union
  17. ^ "100 Best Practices in Child Protection". The Chronicle of Social Change 3. 2013. 
  18. ^ SAIS Observer
  19. ^
  20. ^ U.S. Embassy press release
  21. ^ State department
  22. ^ Popkin, Jim. Ana Montes did much harm spying for Cuba. Chances are, you haven't heard of her. Washington Post Magazine, April 18, 2013.
  23. ^ Government Printing Office Web Division. "USCC Commissioners Page:Honorable William A. Reinsch". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  24. ^ "Biography of Ambassador WANG Guangya". 2003-11-10. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  25. ^ "Osgood Center for International Studies". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 


See also

Past and present faculty

SAIS has over 15,000 alumni working in approximately 140 countries.[11] Over 130 SAIS graduates have become ambassadors for various countries.[19]

Notable alumni

  • 38 North – A blog maintained by the U.S.-Korea Institute about North Korean affairs
  • SAIS Review – A journal on leading contemporary issues of world affairs, founded in 1956
  • SAIS Observer[18] – A student-written, student-run newspaper founded in 2002, the official student newspaper of the global SAIS community
  • SAISphere – Features articles about current issues in international affairs, alumni class notes, and happenings at the school's campuses, published annually
  • SAIS Reports – A newsletter that highlights new faculty, research institutes, academic programs, student and alumni accomplishments, and events at the school, published bimonthly from September through May
  • SAIS Europe Journal of Global Affairs (formally the Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs) – A student-run journal on scholarly contributions to international relations, published online and annually as a print version
  • Centerpiece – The alumni newsletter of the Nanjing Center
  • Guide To Experts – A guide to experts on International Affairs, published every two years
  • Working Paper Series – A series of papers managed by the PhD students

In addition to the different books and periodicals edited by SAIS programs or research centers, several school-wide publications are to be mentioned:


Research centers

The drafting process included six expert group meetings, held in Singapore, Egypt, Costa Rica, Spain, Turkey, and the U.S.[12] The final version of the Child Protection Model Law was published in January 2013. It was presented to the members of the UN [12][15][16] Accompanying the Child Protection Model Law, ICMEC and The Protection Project published a companion "100 Best Practices in Child Protection" guide in 2013.[17]

In June 2009 The Protection Project at SAIS partnered with the Koons Family Institute of the [12] The primary objectives of the Child Protection Project are to "research existing child protection laws in the 193 member states of the United Nations (UN); convene a series of regional expert working group meetings to establish a common definition for 'child protection'; create a database of national legislation and case law on child protection issues from around the world; and draft, publish, and globally disseminate model child protection legislation".[13]

Child Protection Project

  • 2005/2006 – Year of Energy
  • 2006/2007 – Year of China
  • 2007/2008 – Year of Elections and Foreign Policy
  • 2008/2009 – Year of Water
  • 2009/2010 – Year of Religion[11]
  • 2010/2011 – Year of Demography
  • 2011/2012 – Year of Agriculture

Since 2005, SAIS has dedicated a substantive theme for each academic year in order to encourage its students, faculty, academic programs, policy centers, and alumni to examine the role of the particular theme within international affairs. These specific themes provide opportunities for the school to review scholarship and exchange views through special lectures, conferences, and guest speakers. The annual themes also allow SAIS to enhance its fundraising with high-profile public events such as the lecture delivered by then–vice president of BP, Nick Butler, during The Year of Energy at SAIS in 2005.[10]

Annual themes


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