Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 07:00 PM
European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels, Belgium

YPFP Briefings: Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup Attempt

Late in the evening on 15 July, an attempted coup d’état was initiated in Turkey by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces. Within less than 24 hours, the attempt to overthrow the government had failed, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured in its wake. In the days and weeks that followed, mass arrests and wide-ranging suspensions and dismissals of government officials were carried out around the country against the backdrop of an escalating security crisis.

As Turkey slowly returns to some form of normalcy, what can we expect in the future for a country that has in recent years faced a spate of terrorist attacks, war at its borders, an influx of millions of refugees from neighboring Syria and now mutiny within its military ranks? How has the coup attempt and its aftermath affected Turkey-EU relations? Will recent high-level visits and renewed dialogue bridge the gap to restore the trust lost between the two parties?

Join YPFP for a discussion with Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek, a Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy, and Mr. Haluk Nuray, Brussels Representative of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), as we examine the causes and consequences of the failed coup attempt in Turkey.

This event will be generously hosted by the European Foundation for Democracy, a policy institute based in Brussels that is dedicated to upholding Europe’s fundamental values of democratic governance, political pluralism, individual liberty and religious tolerance.


  • Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is a Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy. He began his career as the Brussels representative of the ARI Movement, a leading Turkish NGO, working on Turkey-EU relations and democratisation. During the Cyprus peace process (2003-2004) he took an active role establishing contacts with the EU institutions and European think-tanks on behalf of the Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community. Murat has published widely on contemporary aspects of Turkish politics and foreign policy, including in academic journals, newspapers and think tank publications. He also appears regularly on television and in print media. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and BSc in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). Murat speaks Turkish, English and French.
  • Mr. Haluk Nuray is the Brussels Representative of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV). He graduated from the Political Sciences Faculty in Ankara in 1979 and has an MA in Development Economics from Vanderbilt University in the United States. Following his studies, Mr. Nuray began working for the Turkish Treasury. Between 1988 and 1991, he worked as an Economic and Financial Counselor at the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the European Communities in Brussels. He returned to Ankara as Head of the Department responsible for Economic and Financial Relations at the EC Affairs Directorate General at the Prime Ministry, Under Secretariat of Treasury and Foreign Trade. He was a member of the Customs Union Steering (Negotiation) Committee from 1992 to 1995. Since 1995, he has served as the Brussels Representative of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV).

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Pyxera in Washington, DC

Call To Action: The State Department and the U.S. Diplomacy Center Information Session

The Department of State wants to hear from YOU!


The Department of State is seeking assistance in the outreach efforts of its United States Diplomacy Center, a foreign affairs-focused museum and education center scheduled to open in 2018. The Department would like to hear from young professionals through several one-hour informal information sessions. These sessions will seek the perspectives of young professionals like you!

Food and beverage will be served. Space is limited.

So come grab a drink and share your feedback with the United States’ first center dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 04:30 PM

QS World MBA Tour Washington DC


The world’s leading business schools are in Washington DC to meet with you on Wednesday, September 28th. This is your chance to meet with the most prestigious MBA programs in the world such as Cornell Univ. – Johnson, GWU, Boston Univ. – Questrom, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, College of William and Mary – Mason, Emory University – Goizueta, Fordham Gabelli, Northeastern University - D'Amore-McKim, SMU Cox, Pepperdine University – Graziadio, Washington Univ. – Olin, Cambridge Univ. Judge, London Business School, IE and many more.

On this day the members of the YPFP DC members can directly speak with the admissions directors, can apply for $1.7M MBA scholarships, attend a free GMAT seminar by GMAC and can network with Ivy League MBA alumni from Harvard, Wharton and Dartmouth.

RSVP for a link to your free registration (members only).

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 27 rsvps
IIDEA Center in New York, NY

New Membership Orientation

New to YPFP and want to learn what it is all about?

Join staff and your fellow new members for our new membership orientation on Thursday, September 29, 7 pm - 9 pm at 347 West 36th Street, Suite, 605, New York.

Mix and mingle with fellow foreign policy enthusiasts and young professionals and find out about opportunities with YPFP and the NYC foreign policy community this fall, refreshments will be served, we look forward to meeting you!

Monday, October 03, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 13 rsvps
Neuehouse in New York, NY

Workshop: Mastering the Art of the Job Interview

Interviewing for any kind of job can be nerve-wrecking, especially in international relations where positions can be very specialized. What are some strategies to ensure you put your best foot forward when interviewing?

Please join YPFP for a workshop led by Melis Tusiray on interview skills in international relations. This workshop will equip you with skills, strategies and tips to ensure you can interview effectively for a job you love.

Dues-paying YPFP members can sign in below to RSVP. Deadline for registering is October 2 at noon. Open to all YPFP members regardless of gender. 

Melis Tusiray is the President and Founder of Hey Ladies, an organization that provides affordable and practical career support to women who work. In addition to her role at Hey Ladies, Melis is the Director of Programs at American Friends of Bucerius, a German-American nonprofit focused on issues in global governance and international law. She has served previously as a Sudan Desk Officer with the US State Department's Special Envoy to Sudan, as Managing Editor at the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and as a consultant to the German development institution, Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit. She holds degrees from UCLA and Georgetown University.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016 at 07:00 PM
International Student House in Washington, DC

An Expert Guide to a Career in International Trade Law

Two top practitioners in the field of international trade law – Gary Horlick and Susan Esserman  -- will discuss how they chose this field and the challenges and opportunities it affords. Both bring a lifetime of experience in both private practice and government service.

Note: Seating is limited.

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About the Speakers

Gary Horlick is an international trade attorney based in Washington, D.C.  He is listed by Euromoney/Institutional Investor and Who’s Who Legal as one of the world’s highest-ranked international trade lawyers, and is ranked in the top tier by Chambers. Horlick is former international trade counsel with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and also served at head of Import Administration at the Department of Commerce, where he was responsible for all U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, Foreign Trade Zones, Special Import Progress, and the negotiation of the U.S.-EU steel agreement. Horlick also served as chairman of WTO and Mercosur panels, and has litigated cases in U.S. courts, GATT and WTO tribunals, NAFTA tribunals, and anti-dumping/countervailing duty/safeguard cases in 17 countries.

Ambassador Susan G. Esserman is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she is chair of the firm’s International Trade and Investment Group. Esserman is the Director and Founder of the newly established University of Maryland SAFE (Support, Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment) Center which provides comprehensive services to survivors of human trafficking (with a focus on economic empowerment, advocacy and research).  She leads Steptoe’s pro bono program on behalf of survivors of human trafficking. Ambassador Esserman served in four senior positions in the Clinton Administration.  As Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, she was responsible for U.S. trade policy and negotiations in the WTO and with Europe, India, Russia, the former Soviet Union, Africa, and the Middle East.  At the Department of Commerce, she was the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration where she served in a quasi-judicial capacity as the decision maker of on-the-record antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.  In addition, she was General Counsel to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Acting General Counsel at the Department of Commerce

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp
Woolworth Building in New York, NY

Going Abroad in 2017 - Opportunities to Work, Study, and Volunteer with the U.S. Government

Join the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and NYU's Student Association for Global Affairs SAGA for Information Session featuring NY Metro Diplomat in Residence Usha Pitts about opportunities with U.S. Government sponsored programs that will prepare you for an international career, including:

  • Internships with the State Department
  • Funding for study abroad
  • Employment for bilingual Americans (Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, French, others)
  • Scholarships for language students (Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, Swahili, Russian, others)
  • The Peace Corps
  • Fellowships: Pickering, Rangel, Boren, Gilman
  • The Foreign Service

Application deadlines start this month, so make sure to RSVP and attend our information session at 6 pm on October 5 at NYU's Woolworth Building  to learn more. These programs accept undergraduates and graduates across all majors, but you must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 06:00 PM · 23 rsvps
The Last Bar in London , United Kingdom

Welcome Back Social

YPFP London is back! Join us for our first networking social of the new year.  Catch up with old friends, meet new faces and discuss the latest foreign policy issues of the day. We look forwards to seeing you there!

Monday, October 17, 2016 at 06:30 PM
TBC in Washington, DC

New Member Orientation

YPFP will be welcoming all new members added to the Washington, D.C. branch 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 get involved in:


Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 08:00 PM
City Tavern Club in Washington, DC

Affairs of State 2016


Join us at the City Tavern Club for the 9th Annual Affairs of State Gala & Fundraiser where DC's nextgen foreign policy leaders will converge for an evening of celebration, music, cocktails, and a silent auction of the best experiences our nation's capital has to offer.


Proceeds from the event will support Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the premier global organization that turns aspiring young professionals into innovative, inspiring, and impactful leaders.

This year's gala will include free flowing drinks, silent auction, dancing and more!

Tickets are on sale now!

Get them early before prices go up!

Advanced: $89 (until September 30)
Regular: $99 (until October 21)
At the Door: $125


Host Committee


Torrey Shallcross     Anastasia Dellaccio


Carmiel Arbit
Carl Bedell
Brett Bruen
Jake Cusack
Kathryn Floyd
Sarah Heck
Elizabeth Heng
Sarah Hillware
Fran Holuba

Rachael Lammers
Joshua Marcuse
Lindsey Mask
Adam McKay
Eve Edmonds
Brendan O'Donoghue
Katherine Oyama
Sarah Platts

Andrew Rothgaber
Jean Schindler
Jana Sedlakova
Mark Vlasic
Joshua Walker
Katherine Wynne
Natasha McKay
Tahera Zamanzada