The Flaws of SAIS’ Class Bidding System

By Alex Kessler At the beginning of every semester, SAIS students gamble on their education through a complex bidding system. Popular classes such as Illicit Finance, Risk Modeling, and The Rise of Economic Nationalism drive a competitive auction, often resulting in a clearing price above 1000 points. While bidding exists to allocate finite classroom seats... Continue Reading →

SAIS Pandemic Finances – The Odd School Out

By Richard Pedersen SAIS Pandemic Finances - The Odd School Out Over the coming year, SAIS students will navigate a graduate experience largely devoid of student interaction, deprived of necessary academic facilities, and disrupted by online learning difficulties, all at a higher tuition price. SAIS faculty, staff, and administrators are not much better off, facing... Continue Reading →

The Future of Strategic Studies

By Dennis Murphy The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is in a period of transition. The next few years will bring many changes, not the least of which will be the school’s move to 555 Pennsylvania Avenue. It is with an eye to the future that the SAIS Observer reached out to the... Continue Reading →

Student Trade-offs = SAIS Identity Loss?

By Nikole Otolia October 25, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. — While much attention has been paid to SAIS’s future move to 555 Pennsylvania Ave., word on the street is that changes may be coming to SAIS’s language department as soon as the next academic year. The SAIS Observer reached out to the SAIS administration, current faculty... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

Are you learning “rational” economics?

By Leif Olson It began with a simple question: Are people rational actors? More importantly, are people rational enough that we can predict and model their behavior? Many SAISers will recognize this as the fundamental question that economics, and, to an extent, social science in general, is trying to answer.  But, to what degree do... Continue Reading →

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