Copyright © 2016 The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

 The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

The Johns Hopkins University

The Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies

1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036



The Philip Merrill Center gathers young and established scholars, practitioners, and current and former government leaders  for a weeklong workshop to explore strategies for the United States to compete with China over the next several decades. 

The application period for the 2019 SAIS Summer Study is now closed.


The SAIS Summer Study was established in 2012 and aims to explore strategies for the United States to compete with China. This year’s workshop will build upon the success of previous years by developing a new generation of scholars and practitioners proficient in both regional and strategic studies.


The Summer Study will take place in a small seminar environment of approximately twenty attendees. The cohort will be composed of early-to-mid-career scholars and practitioners as well as established scholars and current and former government and industry leaders.


The first portion of the Summer Study will include lectures, panel discussions, and roundtables on strategy, the Asian security environment, and China as a strategic actor. During the second portion of the Summer Study, participants will be divided into teams to develop strategies for preserving American interests in the face of growing Chinese political influence and military power and examine how the United States can exploit its enduring strengths against China’s enduring weaknesses. These teams will then game out their strategies in an interactive simulation. In the final portion, the participants will reassemble for a discussion of the Sino-American strategic competition.

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