Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss U.S.-Italy relations during state visit


As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to host Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for an official visit and state dinner, Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), is available to offer insight on U.S.-Italy relations and the future of Italian politics.

The U.S. said Renzi’s visit will be an opportunity to celebrate relations with one its closest allies and expand cooperation to address climate change, economic growth and the global refugee crisis. Jones said the prime minister's trip comes at a delicate moment for Italy, amid the outcome and uncertainty of an upcoming referendum on constitutional reforms, and the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Jones, the editor of The Oxford Handbook on Italian Politics, has written widely on Italian politics. He is available to discuss U.S.-Italy relations, and in particular:

  • Is Renzi’s upcoming state visit likely to bolster support for the prime minister back at home?
  • Are parallels between Italy and Britain accurate in regard to the Brexit vote? Is Italy the next strategic domino in the breakdown of European integration?
  • Is the international investment community paying enough attention to Italian domestic politics? What has not been reported accurately abroad?
  • What are the international consequences of the Italian constitutional referendum?

Following Renzi’s visit to the White House, Johns Hopkins SAIS will welcome the prime minister to its D.C. campus on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 for “A Conversation on Trans-Atlantic Relations, Global Security and the Future of the European Union.”

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Stacy A. Anderson
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Johns Hopkins SAIS
Washington, DC, USA
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Kathryn Knowles
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Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe
Bologna, Italy
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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 more than 70 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.

Located in the heart of Europe, the SAIS Europe campus offers a strategic gateway to the rest of continent and to neighboring regions such as North Africa and the Middle East, attracting scholars from around the world.  It is home to two research centers, the Bologna Institute for Policy Research, and the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development, providing a pivotal forum for thought and debate in international policy.

Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe is characterized by its international faculty and close-knit community of approximately 200 students, representing over 40 countries. Approximately half of the incoming class at SAIS chooses to begin the two-year Master of Arts degree at the SAIS Europe campus in Bologna. Cooperative degree programs with European universities and a 13-month Master of Arts in Global Risk provide additional opportunities to study at SAIS Europe. SAIS Europe is also certified by the European Union (EU) as "a private entity, non-profit and research as well as Higher or Secondary Education Establishment." As such, the school is eligible for partnership in collaborative research projects funded by the EU and able to host external scholars through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016