Initiatives, Institutes, and Research Centers

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Through the school's Initiatives, Institutes, and Research Centers, students have access to policymakers and the opportunity to work directly in the policymaking process. Research institutes endeavor to combine intellectual rigor and policy relevance through research, publications, and seminars that offer insights into the interplay among the political, diplomatic, and analytical worlds. Many of the institutes' programs are open to the broader attract leaders of the foreign policy communities.

 

Initiatives, Institutes, and Research Centers

Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development
The Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD) is a research partnership between SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy and the Law School of the University of Bologna. The CCSDD conducts research and training in the field of comparative constitutional law, focusing on countries undergoing processes of democratic transition. Through conferences, workshops, publications, study trips and speaker series, the CCSDD addresses issues of civil society development and legal reform.

Center for International Business and Public Policy
The Center for International Business and Public Policy serves as a focal point within the school for teaching, applied research, and outreach activities that concentrate on the nexus of interests and responsibilities among international business, finance, and public policy. The Center was created in response to far reaching global changes that have made it increasingly important for practitioners from both the public and private sectors to deepen their understanding of the issues that are relevant to their counterparts across the public-private divide.

China Africa Research Initiative
The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative was founded in 2014 to promote research, conduct evidence-based analysis, foster collaboration, and train future leaders to better understand the economic and political dimensions of China-Africa relations and their implications for human security and global development. We work with partners in China, Africa, and elsewhere to sponsor field research, support data collection and scholarly exchange, and disseminate analysis.

Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
Established in 1984, with the explicit support of the Reischauer family, the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS actively supports the research and study of transpacific and intra-Asian relations, to advance mutual understanding between Northeast Asia and the United States.

The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs
The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs will train future policymakers in long-term strategic analysis and in the disciplined application of historical lessons to contemporary international problems. The center will serve as a focal point for scholarship and public debate on international affairs and policy led by resident and visiting scholars, intellectuals, and policy practitioners.

Leadership Academy for Development
The Leadership Academy for Development trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and development. It teaches selected participants how to be effective reform leaders, promoting sound public policies in complex and contentious settings. Successful reformers must be nimble and weigh a broad range of factors that influence policy outcomes. They must have a solid grasp of country-specific economic, financial, political and cultural realities. Most importantly, they must have a sense of how to set priorities, sequence actions and build coalitions. LAD provides participants with an analytical framework to build these abilities and operate effectively under adverse conditions.

The Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)
The Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR) is the research division of SAIS Europe. Its mission is to promote problem-oriented, interdisciplinary research in international policy, drawing upon the global network of Johns Hopkins SAIS scholars and the comparative advantage of SAIS Europe as a transatlantic institution with close to sixty years of research and teaching experience. The institute disseminates the work of scholars and practitioners to the wider policy community, providing a pivotal forum for thought and debate in international public policy.

The Center for Canadian Studies
The Center for Canadian Studies is the research arm of the Canadian Studies Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Students, scholars, and visiting policy makers engage topics related to Canada and Canada-US relations. Work on multilateral security questions, bilateral border relations, trade, energy matters, the Arctic, environmental issues, and commercial interactions is featured. The Center hosts special lectures, the Donner Foundation Research Roundtable series, and conferences. It also encourages joint projects and internships with other universities and with research institutes such as, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Brookings Institution, and the Hudson Institute.

The Center for Transatlantic Relations
The Center for Transatlantic Relations is one of the preeminent university think tanks in the United States. The Center is a hive of activity, research, and debate, a platform for discussions of strategy and policy for Europe and the US on global issues. This includes the transatlantic economy, defense and security, energy, human rights, freedom and the rule of law as well as issues pertaining to the resilience of our societies. It coordinates the American Consortium on EU Studies ACES and is recognized by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC.

The Foreign Policy Institute
The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. Toward this mission, the FPI focuses its work on organizing policy-oriented research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia.

The Grassroots China Initiative
Established in 2007, and housed at the China Studies Program, the Grassroots China Initiative has a threefold mission: providing teaching and internships about contemporary realities of life in grassroots China, working cooperatively on the ground with grassroots organizations and local officials in China, and educating the American public and policy-makers about developments in China's grassroots. The Grassroots China Initiative uses innovative, participatory techniques to work with grassroots non-governmental organizations in China, helping them to identify and realize their missions and providing training in management and financial skills.

The Merrill Center for Strategic Studies
The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies operates as a center for teacher development, strategic thought, and education at Johns Hopkins SAIS. It explores the relationship between politics and the many kinds of military power—from the use of terror by small, non-state groups to the threatened use of nuclear weapons—aiming to promote dialogue and innovative research on pressing national security issues. Since its founding in July 2004, following a generous gift from The Merrill Family Foundation, The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies has been a primary resource to improve the quality of teaching in strategic studies and promote dialogue on major issues of the national security agenda.

The US-Korea Institute
The US-Korea Institute (USKI) is part of an extensive program which began in 2006 to make the school a hub of Korea-related activities in the Washington, DC, area. USKI's mission is to increase information and understanding of Korea and Korean affairs in the United States, especially in the Washington, DC, area. With support from the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, the Korea Foundation and private American donors, USKI sponsors courses, fellowships, research and outreach activities regarding Korea at Johns Hopkins SAIS. USKI takes no stands on political or policy issues, but seeks to encourage the broadest possible dialogue with and among Americans with an interest in Korea.

Recent Initiatives and Institutes

Bernard L. Schwartz Globalization Initiative
Since July 2012, the Bernard L. Schwartz Globalization Initiative has been co-chaired by Professors Pravin Krishna (an economist) and Matthias Matthijs (a political scientist). The aim of the Initiative is to serve as a platform for high-level academic research and policy discussion that will engage the major issues of the day. Through its academic activities, the Initiative aims to contribute to the debates on international political economy and improve on our understanding of the critical challenges policymakers face in today's interdependent environment.

Cultural Conversations
Cultural Conversations, an innovative program directed by Azar Nafisi, launched in 2009 and serves as a stimulating forum for US and international scholars. We provide an alternative and autonomous space, independent of a specific political agenda, through a lecture series, educational workshops, graduate level courses and a regular newsletter.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute strives to promote policy-relevant research on Central Asia (including Afghanistan), the Caucasus, and Turkey through its publications, forum meetings, and acting as a 'switchboard' for knowledge and information. A privately funded leading center for the study of the region, CACI forms a Joint Transatlantic Center with the Silk Road Studies Program of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. It convenes the biweekly CACI Forum, and publishes books, the occasional Silk Road Papers, and two biweekly journals, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst and Turkey Analyst.

The International Reporting Project
The International Reporting Project (IRP) provides grants for journalists to report on critical international issues, with a particular focus on new and innovative media. The program was created in 1998, making it a pioneer in the "nonprofit journalism" movement that seeks to fill the gap left by much of the mainstream media's reduction of international news. The IRP has provided opportunities to more than 400 journalists to report from more than 100 countries and produce award-winning stories.

The Global Politics and Religion Initiative
The Global Politics and Religion Initiative (GPRI) promotes the study of religion and international affairs. Based in the school's Global Theory and History Program, the GPRI was supported by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The initiative incorporated the study of the interaction between religion and politics into the school's existing academic programs, research seminars and executive education training sessions. GPRI's goal is to foster an appreciation and deeper understanding of religion and international affairs among students, scholars and practitioners who will shape and influence future policymaking.

Public-Private Partnerships Initiative
Established in 2014, the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Initiative seeks to address how developed and emerging economies can provide a complex array of public services with limited publicly financed operational capacity. A public-private partnership is a collaborative organizational structure supported by public, private or non-profit partners who agree to share risks, resources, and decisions in developing and implementing certain projects. In a time of limited government resources and growing challenges, PPPs can provide solutions to complex problems. The PPP Initiative includes teaching (graduate level and executive education), research, and advisory programs.