Japan's trauma is being felt around the world and of course also at SAIS. We have Japanese students -- two at the Bologna Center this year -- and 42 SAIS Bologna alumni from Japan. Beyond those connections, the suffering and uncertainties have moved the SAIS community.
As a graduate program in international relations, SAIS has always combined the practical with the theoretical and offers both academics and practitioners. The crisis in Japan has stirred efforts to help those on the ground as well as debate over the future of nuclear energy.
My goal here is neither to raise funds for Japan nor to enter into the nuclear discussion. I merely note that moments such as this are part of SAIS's raison d'être. We strive to educate individuals who will be able to grapple with the kind of complex issues that have arisen in the past week in Japan: issues pertaining to policymaking, crisis management, preparedness, leadership, communication, energy resources.
Some concrete steps at SAIS:
- SAIS Bologna students have launched a fund-raising effort to support a Japanese NGO called JEN. Shoko Sugai, a Japanese national studying at the Bologna Center, has worked at JEN, which she called "