Tuesday May 22nd was a memorable night in the history of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, as the organization celebrated the past and future of YPFP, and new President Gary Barnabo launched the beginning of a dialogue on the future of foreign policy leadership. Over 100 people attended the “Foreign Policy Leader of the Future” town hall meeting, which took place at the US Navy Memorial, and featured a panel of leading young experts in the field of international relations.
The Pew Research Center recently published an interesting report examining generational differences on key questions regarding foreign policy and national security. By asking respondents to agree or disagree with a series of divergent questions such as “relying too much on military force creates hatred that leads to more terrorism” vs. “using overwhelming force is the best way to defeat terrorism,” the poll reveals some unique trends among the generations.
Our world doesn’t need people to hand out fish. It doesn’t need people to teach others how to fish. It needs people to change the fishing industry entirely. That was the resounding message at the 2012 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference. The Harvard conference focused on social enterprise, but the underlying emphasis was on how the next generation of leaders can create innovative change, together, to tackle critical global challenges.
According to the United Nations Populations Fund, 43% of the global population is comprised of young people ages 10 – 24; 60% live in developing countries. Yet, it seems as if those numbers matter little. Governments in the Arab world – largely dominated by aging political elites - have shown they are all too willing to ignore, intimidate, or suppress the power of the growing youth population.
This particular speaker series is always one of the most popular events of the year, but more importantly, it allows members to engage with the most thoughtful minds and influential individuals in the foreign policy community.