A Perspective on Private Data

By Teka Thomas
posted on December 3, 2013 in ,
Internet companies and government agencies possess a remarkable ability to collect reams of private data and communications. That data has tremendous marketing value to businesses, and intelligence value for governments. People are concerned that the U.S.

YPFP and the Boren Forum Host First Partnership Series on U.S. Intelligence

By Matthew Parin
posted on November 12, 2013 in ,

For three consecutive Mondays in August -- when most of Washington has fled the city for more temperate locales -- a group of 25 members of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and the Boren Forum gathered in the board room at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to discuss and debate the roles of intelligence in America’s national security process. With sessions led by Dr. William Nolte, Ms. Rachel Ingber, and Mr. Mark Young, the series sought to deepen the participants’ knowledge of the U.S.


Changing the way we think

By Bryony Taylor
posted on June 13, 2013 in ,

If all women had rights equal to those enjoyed by men, would there still be war?

It is often said that it’s men who wage war and start conflicts but that it is women and children who are most affected by the consequences. Equally, many unstable countries do not allow women to exercise their rights.  Is this a coincidence?


Still on Top

posted on February 28, 2013 in ,

Recently, the U.S. arms industry has enjoyed a string of banner years. So it was surprising to read Jonathan Caverley and Ethan Kapstein's claim that Washington has lost its dominance in the global arms market. Reports on conventional arms transfers from the Congressional Research Service contain the best public data on this topic, and the numbers reveal that the authors' core assertion is simply not true.


Policy Implications of a Nuclear Iran for the United States

posted on March 12, 2012 in ,

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy’s Middle East Discussion Group (MEDG) held its monthly discussion in February on what a nuclear-armed Iran would mean for the United States. MEDG is comprised of academics, government officials, think tank policy writers, and private sector representatives with a combined specialty in Egypt, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. The MEDG members are young professionals working in the Washington, D.C. area, of ages 22-35 on average. The views expressed here are a composite summary of the monthly discussion series.


A Night with Senator Chuck Hagel

posted on December 13, 2011 in ,

If you are a YPFP member and you haven’t had a chance to experience a W.P. Carey Distinguished Speaker event, do so soon. If you are not a member, become one!

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.