Madeleine Albright to Deliver Keynote Address at Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary

February 22, 2016                                                                                              

Washington and Nanjing—The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Nanjing University have announced former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as the American keynote speaker for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th Anniversary event, June 18, 2016, in Nanjing, China.
Albright will share her perspectives on the U.S.-China relationship and the immense impact of China's emergence as a world power since the HNC was founded in 1986.       
"The Johns Hopkins SAIS community is honored to welcome Secretary Albright as we commemorate 30 years of developing global leaders in China," said Dean Vali Nasr. "Secretary Albright's experience with Johns Hopkins SAIS goes back to her time as a student, and since then her accomplishments in diplomacy and global leadership are a testament to the type of professionals we aim to produce. In her years of leadership at the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State, Secretary Albright worked tirelessly to strengthen the ties between the United States and the international community. It is very fitting that she will join us to look back at the U.S.-China relationship and to reflect on the evolving roles each nation plays in world affairs. The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is the natural vantage point from which to analyze U.S.-China relations, given its pivotal role in opening our societies to closer cooperation," Nasr said.
Alumni, guests, and the public are welcome to attend the HNC's 30th Anniversary events by registering online at
Speaker Bio
Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. She chairs the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright is also the president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation and a member of an advisory body, the U.S. Defense Department’s Defense Policy Board. In 2012, she was chosen by President Obama to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in recognition of her contributions to international peace and democracy.
About the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies

Established in 1986, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, located in Nanjing, China, is a graduate educational partnership between The Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, providing approximately 200 students from the United States, China, and other countries the unique opportunity to live and study international relations together. American and international students take the majority of their classes in Mandarin, while Chinese students study mostly in English. In addition, the HNC has the first and among the only uncensored libraries in China, featuring more than 120,000 volumes in English and Chinese, 400 periodicals and the electronic assets of both The Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University. The HNC and its graduates have been at the forefront of efforts to build constructive relations between the U.S. and China for 30 years.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
Johns Hopkins SAIS is one of the world’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. The Washington, DC campus is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the city’s Dupont Circle neighborhood and enrolls approximately 640 full-time graduate students and mid-career professionals. Johns Hopkins SAIS has trained more than 18,000 alumni in all aspects of international affairs. The school also has campuses in Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China.
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