Upcoming Events

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Mandu DC in Washington, DC

Introducing... YPFP's Chinese Language Discussion Group!

How are your Chinese skills?

Come practice Chinese with YPFPers and other fellow China/Asia-focused young professionals at Mandu DC for a meet & greet happy hour!


We'll exchange ideas for group activities and goals going forward and get to know each other over drinks and dumplings (Korean-style, but still good!).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about YPFP's Chinese Language Discussion Group today!


Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Environmental Defense Fund in New York, NY

YPFP Excursion: The Politics of Climate Change

Network 20/20 is generously providing 5 discounted slots for YPFP members to its event, "The Politics of Climate Change" with Nathaniel Keohane, Vice President, Global Climate, Environmental Defense Fund and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University.

A pre-reception and post-reception will be offered to attendees.

All RSVPs must be received by Sunday afternoon, February 25. Members may register by logging into their YPFP accounts below and clicking the RSVP button. Discounted entry to the event is $15 (normally $25), payable to Network 20/20.

Nathaniel Keohane is a Vice President at Environmental Defense Fund, where he leads EDF’s Global Climate program and helps to shape the organization’s advocacy for environmentally effective and economically sound climate policy.  Nat’s areas of expertise include U.S. and global climate and energy policy, the economic impact of climate change, the benefits and costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the design and performance of cap-and-trade programs and other policy instruments.  An economist with expertise in energy and environmental policy, Nat also holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, where he teaches a seminar on climate change policy.

Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 3 rsvps
NeueHouse in New York, NY

Entrepreneurial Skills Workshop

Want to start your own business, create a non-profit, or build an app? Hone your entrepreneurial skills during an exclusive 2-hour workshop with Michael Dermer, founder and author of The Lonely Entrepreneur, on March 2, 2017 at NeueHouse.

The Lonely Entrepreneur is a single destination that understands the struggle and provides entrepreneurs with solutions to the issues they all face. 

RSVP: Sign into your YPFP member account and register. Entry is free for current YPFP members. 

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAOmAAAAJGU5ZDhhOTM1LTA4OGItNDY0Yi05Yjk2LWFkYzkyMWE3NGYyYg.jpgMichael Dermer is an entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and founder/author of The Lonely Entrepreneur. Michael left a promising law career to start IncentOne, the first company to provide rewards for healthy behavior. At the time, rewards in healthcare were not only non-existent – they were offensive. He was told over and over “we will never reward people for things they should be doing to be healthy.” After bootstrapping for a decade, his company received a large private equity investment on October 15, 2008. Then the financial crisis hit. Everything seemed doomed. Yet, IncentOne survived, and was sold to industry innovator Welltok. What resulted was not only a business success, but the discovery of a unique method on how to thrive under the pressure, chaos and burden of being the entrepreneur. And thus, The Lonely Entrepreneur was born.

Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 06:30 PM

Global Security 2030: Ambassador John Negroponte

YPFP and the Elliott School of International Affairs are honored to co-host Ambassador John Negroponte, Vice Chairman at McLarty Associates and former Director of National Intelligence, for a discussion on the current state of U.S. National Security and how to best prepare the next generation of leaders.

Discussion 6:30-7:30

Reception 7:30-8

Note: This event will be held under the Chatham House Rules.

Ambassador Negroponte wants to know what NextGen leaders think. What do YOU think are the biggest global security threats in the world today? Don't miss this opportunity to share your opinion by participating in our poll!

John Negroponte

 John D. Negroponte, Vice Chairman, joined McLarty Associates in 2009, following a career in diplomacy and national security.

Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He is the Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University.

He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer.

While in the private sector from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Negroponte was Executive Vice President of the McGraw-Hill Companies, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s international activities. During those years he was also Chairman of the French-American Foundation.

Ambassador Negroponte serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society. He is also Co-chairman of the US-Philippines Society and a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).


The Elliott School

Note: For more information on the Elliott School's graduate programs, check out their website here.



This event is part of YPFP’s 2030 Series, highlighting emerging themes and issues critical to the future of foreign policy. YPFP’s 2030 series addresses how hallmark foreign policy hot topics are evolving today, and what NextGen professionals must address tomorrow.  

Monday, March 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM
IDA Brussels Office - Rue d’Arlon 40, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Workshop - IS vs Al Qaeda in Africa



WHAT: Terrorism and Radicalisation Series: Workshop - IS vs Al Qaeda in Africa 
WHEN: Monday, March 6th 2017 19:00-20:30
WHERE: IDA Brussels Office - Rue d’Arlon 40, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
WHO: YPFP Members

Register: https://goo.gl/O95X1z

The Terrorism and Radicalisation Series is back with a new event! Please be aware that there will be a limited number of seats, so register now! 

The Islamic State and Al Qaeda are currently the two major international terrorist organisations in the world. While both groups find their roots in the Middle-East, they have managed to export their trend well-beyond. Al Qaeda has long been present in Africa, notably with its most powerful branch Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and its iconic leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar. However, the emergence of the Islamic Califate has marked a change of trend in the region, with some jihadist fighters choosing to pledge allegiance to IS rather than Al Qaeda, in a move similar to the one of Boko Haram. In parallel, both groups aim at increasing their presence in the continent, creating new branches and partnerships, from Algeria to Somalia, which represents a major threat to regional security. 

With both IS and Al Qaeda in decline in the Middle East, could Africa become the central stage of jihadism in the future ? Does the rise of IS in Africa necessarily means the fall of AQIM ? 

This Workshop will propose to explore the rising rivalry of IS and Al Qaeda in Africa through an interactive presentation and exercices. 

In order to explore these issues, YPFP has invited:

Claude Moniquet - European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center (ESISC)
Evgeniya Gvozdeva - European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center (ESISC)

Keep up to date on our facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1244149852338682/ 

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 06:30 PM
CLEAR Europe - Rue de Stassart 117, Brussels

Tools of the Trade: Working with Media in Brussels



WHAT: Tools of the Trade: Working with Media in Brussels
WHEN: Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 18h30-20h00
WHERE: CLEAR Europe - Rue de Stassart 117, Brussels
WHO: YPFP members

Register: https://goo.gl/L70Wbr

In recent months, we have seen high-level politicians accuse segments of the media of being politically biased and of generating, proliferating and peddling “fake news”. While the relationship between the media and public figures has always been rather contentious, it seems to have reached new heights of friction as of late. With a vast array of tools at its fingertips including social media platforms, television, newspaper and radio, the media has a considerable capacity to inform the general public and, with this, a powerful ability to influence public perception. As such, maintaining a constructive relationship with the media should be a top priority for anyone in the limelight. What is the right way to deal with the media? And how can the media be employed to one’s benefit?

YPFP is delighted to offer our members this Tools of the Trade workshop on "Working with Media in Brussels". Our speaker, Gareth Harding, will share with us some techniques on how to influence media, how to understand what journalists want and how to pitch to them.

Gareth Harding is a writer, journalism professor and media trainer who is founder and owner of Clear Europe, a communication training company. Gareth directs the Missouri School of Journalism’s Brussels programme and is a guest lecturer at the European Journalism Centre in Maastricht, the College of Europe in Bruges, and the IHECS communication school in Brussels. Before turning to teaching and training, Gareth reported on European affairs for 12 years for European Voice and Time Magazine and served as Chief European Correspondent for United Press International from 2002 to 2006. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Independent, Politico, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and is a columnist for EUobserver. Gareth has directed documentaries and conducted dozens of media and journalism trainings around the world, has contributed to several travel guides to Belgium, won a European award for his multimedia work, and wrote “Reporting Brussels” – a handbook for journalists now in its fifth edition. Gareth has a degree in Politics and History from the London School of Economics and holds a Master’s degree in Communication from VUB in Brussels. He worked as a political advisor in the House of Commons and the European Parliament before becoming a journalist.


See more on our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/679050938934352/

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Ford Motor Company in Washington, DC

Exploring Corporate Foreign Policy with Stephen Biegun

As key drivers of economic productivity, international trade, and cross-border investment, multinational corporations have a considerable stake in international politics. In today’s context of heightened geopolitical risk, successful businesses pursue their own brand of foreign policy, based on independently-defined interests and long-term strategy.

YPFP is delighted to host Stephen Biegun, vice president of International Governmental Relations at Ford Motor Company, for an off-the-record discussion about corporate diplomacy, political risk assessment, and international trade. 

Discussion 6:30-7:45


Stephen Biegun is a corporate officer and vice president of International Governmental Relations for Ford Motor Company, a Fortune 10 company with 200,000 employees, $150 billion in annual revenue, and operations on six continents. Mr. Biegun oversees all aspects of Ford’s international governmental relations, including trade strategy and political risk assessment.

Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Biegun served for over 15 years inside the U.S. Government, including in the U.S. Senate as national security advisor to Majority Leader Senator Bill Frist and in the White House as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.

Thursday, March 09, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 10 rsvps
Asia Society in New York, NY

YPFP Excursion: America as a Pacific Power?

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. President surprised observers on both sides of the Pacific, and has raised more questions than answers in terms of what it means for U.S. policy in Asia. President Trump’s “America First”-focused policy has called for tougher trade, investment, and currency policies, particularly vis-à-vis China, which could have significant reverberations across Asia.

What would a U.S.-China trade war mean for Asian economies? And given President Trump’s calls for protectionist policies to “Make America Great Again,” how will the U.S. engage with Asia’s current powerhouse of growth—ASEAN? Or the booming workforce and populist growth policies of India?

Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this event ($25 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.


  • Wendy Cutler, Vice President, ASPI; Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • Peter Grey, former Ambassador of Australia to Japan & the World Trade Organization
  • Shotaro Oshima, former Special Representative of Japan for the TPP; former Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Korea; former Permanent Representative to the WTO
  • Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner and China lead, Rhodium Group
  • Rana Foroohar (moderator), Global Economic Analyst at CNN

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Proper 21 in Washington, DC

NextGen Network: International Women's Day Happy Hour

In honor of International Women's Day, please join YPFP, Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG) and Women in International Security DC (WIIS-DC) for happy hour.


When: March 15, 6:30pm

Where: Proper 21



Let's celebrate the next generation of women who will be leading and contributing to multiple sectors of international affairs with some of our fellow DC professional groups. This year's theme International Women's Day is #BeBoldForChange. Whether they speak up on important issues, seek out new experiences, or commit to take action, we know our members are bold; come learn how others are, too! All genders are welcome!








This event is part of the YPFP NextGen Network Series, facilitating opportunities for informal engagement and discussion with YPFP members and other foreign-policy related groups in the DC area.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 5 rsvps
The Churchill Tavern in New York, NY

March Happy Hour with the Philos Project

Join us and the Philos Project to meet friends and fellow members over happy hour drinks at The Churchill Tavern, a lively English pub in NoMad named after Sir Winston himself, where you can enjoy $6 draughts and select bottles, and $7 glasses of wine until 7:00pm - so don't be late!

Our monthly happy hours are a great opportunity to learn more about YPFP NY and connect with like-minded people. Remember, you don't have to work directly in foreign policy to join us. Just come ready to drink, mingle and discuss the latest in world politics. Feel free to spread the word to friends and colleagues. Cheers!

The Philos Project is a nonprofit network hub which seeks to promote positive Christian engagement in the Middle East by reviving an intellectually rigorous approach to foreign policy.

Non-members may RSVP via Eventbrite.