Upcoming Events

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 19 rsvps
Khyber Pass in New York, NY

January Book Club


YPFP NY's Book Club will kick off the new year with Gregory Feifer's The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan. In this "groundbreaking account of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan," Feifer, a former NPR Moscow correspondent, depicts the war from the perspective of the soldiers who fought in it. 

Update: we will be meeting at Khyber Pass (34 St. Marks Place).

Monday, January 22, 2018 at 07:00 PM

Journalism and Truth in the Time of Fake News

YPFP and FNF are delighted to invite you to our upcoming joint event "Journalism and Truth in the Time of Fake News". The phenomenon of fake news has turned from an obscure corner of the internet to a major canal of (dis)information in just a couple of years. With the presence of online news sources, news delivery is expected to be instantaneous, and journalists and news agencies face pressure to release stories rapidly to keep up with their competition. Anyone can record events with their smartphone or write a story. In today’s society, we are exposed to all kinds of rumours and falsehoods depending on where we take our info from. The standard of journalism is dropping as media giants aim to maximise profits, which works to the detriment of news quality. While the extent of its influence on politics and security is still hard to evaluate, fake news is certainly a major tool of manipulation and an emerging threat to democracy and pluralism. How can and should governments act on this? What is the role of the European Union in this context? What developments can we anticipate for in the future?

Join us to debate these and other questions, together with our distinguished speaker, Jakub Kalenský. 

Jakub Kalenský is a political reporter from the Czech Republic. In 2012, he received the Novinářská křepelka award for promising journalists under 33 years of age. Since September 2015, he has worked in the European External Action Service as a member of the newly established East StratCom Task Force. In this unit, Jakub leads on the objective of raising awareness of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns and improving the EU’s response to these campaigns.

* Kindly register for this event by 19 January 2018. Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register with us directly please send an email to register.brussels@fnst.org. Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 06:30 PM · 10 rsvps
Asia Society in New York, NY

Democracy and Political Development in Asia

The Asia Society is generously offering complimentary entry for 10 YPFP NY members to attend this program.

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, an important period in Japanese history credited for ushering in an era of major political and social change. The subsequent transformation during the Meiji period resulted in Japan’s modernization and democratic transition. This program will discuss political transitions in Indonesia, Myanmar, and East Timor, each of which face crucial challenges in shaping the future of their democratic practices. Through examining democratic transitions, the panel of experts will address issues related to interaction between democracies and authoritarian regimes that continue to influence the future of the region.


Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar
Dewi Fortuna Anwar is a leading analyst on Indonesia’s foreign policy and democratization, as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues. She currently serves as deputy for government policy support in the Secretariat of the Vice President and research professor at the Centre for Politics, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI). She has held numerous senior positions, including assistant minister/state secretary for foreign affairs and deputy secretary for political affairs during President BJ Habibie’s administration.

Takako Hikotani
Takako Hikotani is Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy. She previously taught at the National Defense Academy of Japan, where she was Associate Professor, and lectured at the Ground Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force Staff Colleges, and the National Institute for Defense Studies. Her research focus on civil-military relations and Japanese domestic politics, Japanese foreign policy, and comparative civil-military relations. Professor Hikotani received her BA from Keio University, MAs from Keio University and Stanford University, and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, where she was a President’s Fellow.

Ambassador Derek Mitchell
Derek Mitchell is senior advisor to the Asia Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at Allbright Stonebridge Group. In 2012, he was appointed as the first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) in 22 years. Previous positions include, serving as the State Department’s first special representative and policy coordinator for Myanmar in 2011, working as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense concerning Northeast, Southeast and Central Asia, from 2009 to 2011. He was also senior fellow and director of the Asia Division of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Outside his extensive diplomatic career, Ambassador Mitchel has authored numerous books, articles and policy reports on Asian security affairs. He received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia.

Jose Ramos-Horta
Dr. José Ramos-Horta, a 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, served as Prime Minister (2006-2007), Foreign Minister (2001-2006) and President (2007) of East Timor. He presided over his country’s dramatic recovery from conflict in 2006 to peace and growth. A Senior Associate Member of the University of Oxford’s St. Antony’s College, he studied Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in 1993, earned a Master of Arts degree in Peace Studies in Antioch College, trained in Human Rights Law at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France (1983), and completed Post-Graduate courses in American Foreign Policy at Columbia University in 1983. He also writes occasionally on international conflicts. His insightful opinion articles on East Timor, Burma, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, can be found in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Daily Beast and Huffington Post.

Daniel Russel
Daniel Russel is diplomat in residence and senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he served until recently as the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. Prior to his appointment as assistant secretary, he served at the White House as special assistant to the president and National Security Council’s senior director for Asian affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.


YPFP Members may RSVP below by COB Friday, January 19.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 06:30 PM

YPFP New Member Orientation

YPFP will be welcoming all new members added to the Washington, DC branch in the past six months at our New Member Orientation (NMO)! 

Come meet fellow new members and learn how to make the most out of your YPFP membership!

At NMO you will learn more about YPFP's mission and global reach. You will also hear from current members about how you can:

RSVP below!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 20 rsvps

Global Diplomacy Series: An Evening with the Consulate General of the Federation of Germany


Please mark your calendars for a special evening with the Consulate General of the Federation of Germany, which will kick off this year's Global Diplomacy Series. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Benelux General Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium

The Benelux Union: A Laboratory for European Integration

YPFP and the Board of Secretaries-General of the Benelux Union invite you to the Benelux General Secretariat for a special conversation with Mr Thomas Antoine, Secretary General of the Benelux Union, to learn more about the Benelux Union, its role within the Benelux countries and the wider EU, and its function as a laboratory for European integration.

Even before the end of World War II, the governments of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg decided to work together more closely. The Benelux was created in 1944 as a customs union. The three partners thus took the first pioneering steps on the road towards European integration. In 1958, the customs union between Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg resulted in the Treaty establishing the Benelux Economic Union, which implied a broadening and deepening of economic cooperation. On 17 June 2008, a new Benelux Treaty was signed. From then on, cooperation has been focusing on three key themes: internal market and economic union, sustainable development, and justice and home affairs. The Benelux continues to endure as a testbed and champion for European integration. At a time when the very concept of European integration is under threat, how can the Benelux Union serve as a model for its benefit and utility?

Mr Thomas Antoine became Secretary General of the Benelux Union in April 2017. Prior to taking on this role, he had an extensive career in the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spanning over three decades, including serving as Ambassador to Tunisia, Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, and most recently Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He has a Master's degree in Philosophy and Letters from UCL in Leuven, and speaks English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese.

A detailed programme is available here.

Thursday, February 01, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Nordic House (1st floor) in Brussels, Belgium

Mainstreaming Gender in Security and Defence Policy Shaping

Saab and YPFP brings you an exciting debate providing you with an in-depth insight into gender mainstreaming in security and defence policy. Gender mainstreaming is a process with the objective to achieve gender equality by integrating gender perspectives into all policy activities. Its approach is to address the gender challenges and implications that women and men face in the design and implementation of any planned policy action. It integrates different and unique gender perspectives to develop a diverse and equal workforce.

The adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security has made significant progress in integrating gender perspectives and women in military operations. Today, women engage in a significant role in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and in the armed forces. However, there is much more drastic need for improvement particularly on gender integrated planning and implementation of defence policies and missions as well as gender balancing in civilian and military operations. The event will explore the following key issues:

  • How do you mainstream gender issues in the field of security and defence in terms of policy formulation?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities in gender mainstreaming in CSDP missions and operations?
  • How do we formulate actionable policy recommendations that would elevate women into key military leadership positions?


  • James Collins, Humanitarian Advisor, NATO SHAPE
  • Clare Hutchinson, Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, NATO
  • Charlotte Isaksson, Senior Gender Advisor, European External Action Service

Join us on the 1st February to discuss these issues and seize the opportunity to actively exchange your ideas with senior subject-matter experts.

Monday, February 05, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Americas Society in New York, NY

YPFP NY, YPA, & PiLA Present: Happy Hour with the Obama Foundation's Bernadette Meehan


Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy New York (YPFP NY), Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA), and Princeton in Latin America (PiLA), for a networking happy hour and conversation with Bernadette Meehan, executive director of international programs at the Obama Foundation. Learn about the Foundation’s work to empower young civic leaders, as well as Meehan’s time at the White House and her advice for young professionals. YPA’s executive director, Alana Tummino, will moderate the conversation.

Registration and reception, 6:00-6:30 pm

Discussion and networking, 6:30-8:00 pm

Event location to be announced.

This event is complimentary for YPFP NY members. $10 for Non-members. To RSVP, please register through YPA's registration page:


Monday, February 05, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Network 20/20 in New York, NY

Network 20/20



**Please note the date change for this event. It will now take place on Monday, February 5**

Join Network 20/20’s networking event at their office space! Discuss foreign policy with a wide array of experts, members of the diplomatic community, and private and public sector professionals. Meet other professionals who have an interest in learning more about global affairs. Enjoy the evening in an exciting environment with refreshments, drinks, and snacks. The event is free for Network 20/20 members, and $15 for non-members. 

To RSVP, please email Anar Akhundar at aakhundov@network2020.org and mention that you are a YPFP member. Anar will advise further on the ticket purchasing process. 

Monday, February 12, 2018 at 07:00 PM

Ambassador Series: Republic of Korea

Now more than any other time in recent history, the security situation on the Korean Peninsula is drawing the attention of the international community. However, with the Winter Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang, there is high optimism for open, cooperative dialogue between the North and South.

With the current state of affairs as our framework, YPFP Brussels invites you to join us for an engaging discussion with Ambassador Kim Hyoung-zhin, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Belgium and Head of the Mission to the EU.

During our evening with the Ambassador, we will have the opportunity to explore topics such as Korea’s foreign policy priorities, the country’s relationship with the European Union and NATO, and the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Northeast Asian region.

The event will be followed by a light cocktail reception generously offered by the Mission of the Republic of Korea.

Ambassador Kim Hyoung-zhin is Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of the Mission of the Republic of Korea to the EU. He has been serving in his current capacity since the end of January 2017. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seoul National University and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University. He started his diplomatic career in 1984 and has held consecutive posts at the Korean Embassies in the United States and Ghana, and later in the People's Republic of China. Throughout his career, Mr. Kim has occupied a range of diplomatic posts, among which have included Minister-Counsellor at the Korean Embassy in the United States of America, Director General for North American Affairs, Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Minister for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Additionally, the Ambassador holds the title of Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order from the United Kingdom.