Kissinger Summer Academy for Nuclear Weapons and American Grand Strategy | Apply by February 15

Nuclear weapons forever changed our thinking about military strategy and great-power politics. The creation of the “ultimate weapon” forced policymakers to consider the possibility that the next great war might end civilization as we know it—while simultaneously harnessing the power of the atom for purposes of deterrence and defense. After the Cold War, it appeared to some observers that nuclear strategy had become irrelevant. Yet as the world enters a new era of great-power competition, nuclear weapons are once again featuring prominently in the relationships between America and its authoritarian challengers in China and Russia.

The Henry Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University is pleased to offer exceptional undergraduates and recent graduates a week-long seminar that investigates the role of nuclear weapons in American grand strategy. The seminar revisits debates over nuclear strategy during the Cold War, considers how U.S. policymakers have addressed challenges such asnon-proliferation and rogue states, and explores the role that nuclear weapons will have in shaping American competitions with Russia and China today. It provides Kissinger Summer Fellows with an understanding of how technology and strategy have shaped the nuclear age and examines the choices that American leaders must make with respect to nuclear weapons in a new era of geopolitical rivalry and profound technological innovation. The course will provide an emerging generation of thought-leaders and policymakers with the tools to understand our nuclear past and shape our nuclear future

Course Details at a Glance:

  • When: July 12-16, 2021
  • Where: Johns Hopkins SAIS, Washington DC (if travel is restricted, the course will be virtual)
  • Cost: There is no charge for this course. All costs related to travel, lodging, & meal swill be covered.
  • Eligibility: You must either be a current undergraduate or have received your undergrad degree no earlier than January 2018 to apply.

Visit our website for more information:

How to Apply:

Send the following materials to with “KISSINGER SUMMER ACADEMY APPLICATION” in the subject line:

  1. Resume
  2. Transcript
  3. Statement of Interest (why do you want to take this course, and why should you be selected?)

Deadline: February 15th, 2021

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