Johns Hopkins SAIS experts available to discuss influence of Nordic countries on democratic societies


As Nordic nations continue to be viable models for addressing challenges in democratic societies, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) has released the book, Nordic Ways

The book published in October consists of more than 45 short essays written by distinguished authors from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden representing a broad spectrum of Nordic life including the economy, business, innovation, design, cuisine, education, culture, immigration, environment, social innovation, and politics. 
Following a U.S. presidential election marked by widespread dissatisfaction among the electorate, this book guides a new and increasingly important dialogue on the challenges of modern, democratic societies, while also dispelling myths about Nordic countries.

Nordic Ways is part of a long-term project at the center that focuses on intensifying the relationship between the U.S. and the Nordic countries to share best practices on contemporary challenges. As the center partners with Nordic corporations with U.S. locations or an interest in doing business in the U.S., Nordic Ways has become a platform for new transatlantic dialogue about thriving in a globalized world with dignity, decency, and ensuring respect for people and their environs.
CTR experts Ambassador András Simonyi and Debra L. Cagan are available to discuss:

  • How Nordic countries are viable models of  "socially -sensitive capitalism," and the culture of trust in Nordic societies  to ensure cohesion.
  • Nordic identity and diversity, and immigration policies. 
  • The importance of design and innovation as a concept from industries to social-welfare in all five Nordic countries.
  • The strong transatlantic vocation of the countries and why it can be a useful source of experiences for the U.S.
  • The future of U.S.-Nordic strategic relations.
  • Gender, gender equality, individual freedoms, and LGBT rights in Nordic societies.
  • Energy and environment concepts in the Nordics.

Ambassador Simonyi is the Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations His focus is on transatlantic security and business, democratic transition, and human rights. He has held some of the highest positions in the Hungarian diplomatic service including Hungarian Ambassador to NATO and to the United States. Cagan is the Senior State Department Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. She is a career State Department officer with over 30 years of domestic and international experience advancing U.S. national security interests. 
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About The Center for Transatlantic Relations 
The Center for Transatlantic Relations engages international scholars, students, government officials, parliamentarians, journalists, business executives, and other opinion leaders on contemporary challenges facing Europe and North America.
The goal of the center is to strengthen and reorient transatlantic relations to the dynamics of a globalizing world. It is an integral part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), one of America’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations.
Center activities include seminars, policy study groups and research projects, media programs and web-based educational and policy efforts.
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.
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Monday, December 12, 2016