Johns Hopkins Names Global Affairs Center After Henry Kissinger

Johns Hopkins University is creating a new international policy institute named for former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Located in Washington, the Henry A. Kissinger Institute for Global Affairs will specialize in long-term strategic analysis and the application of historical lessons to international conflicts, the Baltimore-based university said today in a statement.

“There is a need for an approach in international relations education that transcends the narrow confines of short-run policy making,” Ronald Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins, said in the statement.

The institute will house at least 10 scholars in international affairs. Along with scholarship, it will encourage public debate on international affairs and policy, the school said.

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and a Johns Hopkins alumnus and former board of trustees chairman, will provide initial funding for the center. Johns Hopkins didn’t disclose the amount of the gift, which will be matched by other donors and the university, according to the school. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News.

Kissinger, the author of 18 books, is a former professor of government at Harvard University. He has won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Medal of Liberty.

Johns Hopkins is undertaking a $4.5 billion fundraising campaign, publicly announced in May 2013. The school has raised $2.95 billion in commitments so far.

In 2014, it brought in $615 million in gifts, the fifth-highest total raised by universities that year, according to a survey by the New York-based Council for Aid to Education, which tracks university giving.

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