Johns Hopkins SAIS to host “Thinking Historically: A Guide for Strategy and Statecraft” with MIT professor Francis J. Gavin on Nov. 10, 2016

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The 12th annual Alvin H. Bernstein Lecture is presented by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. This year's lecture, "Thinking Historically: A Guide for Strategy and Statecraft," will be delivered by Francis J. Gavin and hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

The theme of the series is the intersection of history and national security policy, and is named in memory of Professor Al Bernstein, a former classics professor at Cornell University, strategy professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and adjunct professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Francis J. Gavin
Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Welcome Remarks
Eliot A. Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Time and Date
4:45 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can RSVP through the online registration form. Camera setup will only be permitted from 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile  

About the Speaker
Francis J. Gavin was appointed the first Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. Before joining MIT, he was the Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas. From 2005 to 2010, Gavin directed The American Assembly's multiyear, national initiative, The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions.  

His writings include Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004) and Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age (Cornell University Press, 2012). He received a PhD and MA in History from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Studies in Modern European History from Oxford University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Gavin is an Associate of the Managing the Atom Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University; Senior Fellow of the Clements Program in History, Strategy, and Statecraft; a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center; an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C.; a Senior Advisor to the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and a life-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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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Friday, November 4, 2016