The American and Chinese Leadership Transitions: Perspectives from Nanjing

By CAROLINE YARBER NANJING - The Chinese Communist Party held the 19th Party Congress this month in Beijing. At the Party Congress, a new leadership was chosen. This leadership will set the path for China and guide the next five years. At the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, SAIS students gained an unique perspective on this major event. Significantly,…

“The Only Solution for Europe is Enhanced Cooperation”: A Conversation with President Romano Prodi

By UTPALA MENON and ILIAS KALOTYCHOS It was about 6:30 pm in Bologna, with the sun finally showing signs of setting. Another long Tuesday had taken its toll on a group of tired Bolognesi. Nonetheless, they packed the auditorium for a rare conversation presented by  the Bologna Institute of Policy Research last week. The conversation…

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Is China Splitting From Europe Over Carbon Trading?

by: SKYLAR DRENNEN NANJING – On March 9th Climate Home, an online publication focused on the international politics of climate change, published an article titled “China floats split with EU over carbon trading”. Citing Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) vice president and National People’s Congress (NPC) member, Wang Yi, as their source, Climate Home published…

Alumni Continue Giving Back to the HNC by Transitioning to Staff

by: Caroline Yarber NANJING--The Hopkins-Nanjing Center provides a unique opportunity for SAIS students. Not only do students receive an immersive perspective on US-China relations, but also become a part of a tight-knit community of likeminded people. A significant portion of the current staff are former students of the Center who wish to remain a lasting…

Interview with Marie-Lucie Spoke, founder of the CSR Consulting Company “Community Roots China”

by: ANNA WOODS NANJING--Community Roots China works with underprivileged children in 12 provinces around China. Their programmes include the One Heart Gift Bag, which gives bags to primary aged children, the Bookworm programme, which provides books for schools, and the Educational Sponsorship, which pays the fees for students to attend high school or university. Marie-Lucie…

Upheaval in Korea: The Opinions of Young Voters

by: CAROLINE YARBER   Last month, the South Korean National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye after a political scandal sparked protests nationwide (for background, see Julia Wargo’s article here). President Park has since been impeached. We spoke to several young Koreans to find out how they were feeling about the current situation in…

Eating for Your Country: The Irresistible Rise of Gastro-Diplomacy

By DAVID ELLWOOD You only have to spend a few minutes in the streets of Bologna to see that food around here is serious business. The city has always had a foodie air about its image, and since the financial crisis, the opportunities for eating out have multiplied like mushrooms after rain. As a form…

Student Spotlight: Jamil Wyne on Bringing the Net Impact Network to SAIS Europe

By UTPALA MENON With a Fulbright scholarship and multiple policy research initiatives in the MENA region, Jamil Wyne already has some impressive experience under his belt. Now a first-year IDEV student in the SAIS-INSEAD dual degree program, he is spending his time in Bologna expanding his social enterprise experience. Along with a team five others,…