I am writing to tell you of some upcoming changes in my role at Johns Hopkins SAIS. I will be continuing my work on transatlantic issues and U.S. foreign policy, but in the coming academic year 2018-2019 the channels though which I will do so will be shifting.
You may have noticed that we recently announced a major grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to establish a Distinguished Chair at SAIS in honor of Helmut Schmidt at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, and with the beginning of the academic year 2018-2019 to provide opportunities for six additional German/European and U.S. scholars each year, over the next four years, to conduct policy-related research at SAIS in Washington, DC on themes related to Europe, the United States, and World Order. This is an exciting and highly competitive new venture: we had 66 applications for those 6 positions, and will announce the cohort of Fellows shortly.
I have been engaged in this effort, and with the coming academic year I will work together with the Schmidt Professor, other colleagues at SAIS, and our new post-doctoral fellows to build a policy-oriented research program that will harness transatlantic cooperation to tackle geostrategic global challenges and engage U.S., European and global policy professionals in their work.
I will need to devote considerable time to this promising initiative, and so while the substance of my transatlantic activities will continue, the channels through which I do so will be changing.
I will continue my partnership with the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, but now within the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, working with FPI Director Carla Freeman and other FPI Senior Fellows there, rather than the Center for Transatlantic Relations. This new and even more robust program of resident fellows, all fully funded, has now simply expanded beyond what the School’s previous internal institutional framework can handle, and coincides with efforts by the School to build down silos among differing centers and instead to build synergies among faculty and practitioners within the Foreign Policy Institute, and I look forward to engaging in this interdisciplinary and inter-professional approach.
The annual Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellows program at SAIS, which we have been hosting for eight years, is also continuing. Each year 2 additional AMPF Fellows will join, and add additional heft, to the “Europe, the United States and World Order” program, bringing our resident Fellow cohort each year to 8.
Jason Moyer will continue to work with me as the Program Coordinator of the Program on Europe, the United States and World Order, and on our other transatlantic activities. The incoming Fellows will all reside with us at our offices, which will remain the same, as will our contact information.
I want to express my appreciation to SAIS for its continuing commitment to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world.I look forward to staying in touch with you and to continue our work on issues important to Europe and the United States.