Il viaggio: Immigrants to Italy from sub-Saharan Africa share their stories

By Fatou Sow October 2019 BOLOGNA, Italy — Migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe is not a new phenomenon. However, according to the Pew Research Center, migration from sub-Saharan Africa has increased drastically during the past decade. Europe has witnessed an influx of nearly 1 million asylum applicants from sub-Saharan Africa (970,000) between 2010 and…

Six-figure salary? There’s a class for that.

September 24, 2019 By Nikole Ottolia WASHINGTON⁠, D.C. — As SAIS students settle into the joys of economics problem sets and language proficiency training this fall semester, our contemporaries at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) are diving into, “Fundamentals of Negotiation Analysis.” Taught by Professor Brian Mandell, who has been teaching public policy,…

Life after SAIS: Dialogues with young alumni at the International Monetary Fund

September 24, 2019 By Yilin Wang WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the SAIS Observer sat down with four recent SAIS graduates who shared a common interest in macroeconomics despite their different backgrounds. They shared stories of how attending SAIS changed their lives—often in ways they had not expected—and which courses from SAIS’s extensive catalog have…

SAISer Book Review: “The Financial Markets of the Arab Gulf: Power, Politics and Money,” by Professor Jean-François Seznec and Samer Mosis

By Leif Olson For many, the Arab Gulf is associated with generous rentier states, opulent monarchs with fantastical material wealth, and behemothic buildings like the Burj Khalifa. One might wonder how the region developed such a robust financial ecosystem. Jean-François Seznec, an adjunct lecturer in the Middle East Studies department at SAIS, and Samer Mosis,…

We have liftoff: SAIS welcomes first Doctor of International Affairs (DIA) cohort

September 18, 2019 By Sandra Salvatori WASHINGTON, D.C. — After years of focused effort, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) inaugural cohort of Doctor of International Affairs (DIA) students has arrived on campus. The SAIS Observer will be following this first DIA cohort—of which the author is a member—throughout the semester.  The…