Johns Hopkins SAIS and Asia Society Hong Kong Center to host forum, “Digital Challenges to the International System,” in Hong Kong on Thursday, May 31, 2018

The inaugural forum of the Foresight and Regional Strategies Series, “Digital Challenges to the International System,” will be hosted at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
The annual series, FORESIGHT, was established by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) to bring together leaders in academia, business, and the non-profit sector to discuss the most pressing issues in international relations.

Johns Hopkins SAIS FORESIGHT 2018 will include panel discussions and a keynote address featuring the school’s faculty experts and leaders in cyber security, foreign policy in the Middle East, international finance and economies, crypto currencies, finance technology, and military and strategic security. The forum will conclude with a networking reception.
Time and Date
4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
4:30-5:00 p.m. Registration
5:00-5:10 p.m. Welcome Remarks

5:10-5:25 p.m. Remarks by Director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Francis J. Gavin
5:25-6:15 p.m.  Panel 1: “Digital Intelligence and Global Security"

6:15-6:30 p.m. Keynote Remarks: “The U.S. Dollar and the International Financial System in the Digital Age”

6:30-7:15 p.m. Panel 2: “Digital Disruption to the International Financial System”

7:15 – 7:20 p.m. Closing Remarks by Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean Vali Nasr
7:15-8:00 p.m.  Networking Reception
Additional details about the program are available online.
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press should complete the Media Reply Form and send it to  Final media access will be confirmed by Wednesday, May 30. Pre-authorized camera setup will only be permitted from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Media Contact
For more information, please contact:
External Affairs, Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Barbara Tong   +852 2103 9513,
May Tam         +852 2103 9559,
About the Speakers
Johns Hopkins SAIS experts participating in FORESIGHT 2018 are available for media interviews. In advance of the forum, please submit requests to Scheduled interviews will be confirmed prior to the event.
Vali Nasr, Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, is a Middle East scholar, foreign policy adviser, and commentator on international relations. He is the author of “The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future” and “The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat,” which explores the implications of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy on American strategic interests. His most recent commentary appeared in The Atlantic and PBS Frontline.
Francis J. Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is the author of “Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age” and “Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971.” His most recent commentary appeared in Foreign Policy and War on The Rocks.
Thomas Rid is a Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS and has more than a decade of experience in international security and intelligence studies. He is the author of “Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History” and “Cyber War Will Not Take Place.” His most recent commentary appeared in The Wall Street Journal and PBS NewsHour.
John Lipsky is the Peter G. Peterson Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Lipsky has previously served as the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, vice chairman of JPMorgan Investment Bank, chief economist at JPMorgan Chase, and director of research at Chase Manhattan Bank. His most recent commentary has appeared on Bloomberg TV.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins.
About Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Asia Society Hong Kong Center is a locally funded, independent non-government organization that was established in 1990 by a group of Hong Kong community leaders.  It is affiliated with Asia Society in New York that was founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III to promote mutual understanding and to strengthen partnerships between Asia and the US in a global context. 
Asia Society Hong Kong Center is dedicated to providing educational platforms that present balanced perspectives and promote critical understanding of topics that are relevant to Hong Kong, Asia and the region's role in the world.  Across the fields of arts and culture, education, business and policy, it seeks to provide insights, generate ideas and promote collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.   Its home in Admiralty at the former Explosives Magazine of the old Victoria Barracks, made possible under Private Treaty Grant from the government, was the result of careful conservation, restoration and adaptive re-use which transformed the heritage site into a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in 2012 to offer a broad variety of cultural and education programs to the community.  For more information, please visit

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