Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Woolworth Building in New York, NY

International Careers in the Private Sector: Practical Advice and Real-Life Experience

Intrigued by an international career? Ready for life with at least one foot across sovereign borders? Are you a new job seeker or transitioning to a new career? This popular series provides an opportunity to meet international insiders who offer practical advice and share their real-life experiences.

On Wednesday, October 26, the career panel will focus on careers in the private sector and will be moderated by Steve Godeke, Principal, Godeke Consulting.

This panel is part of a series offered in collaboration with New York University's Center for Global Affairs.

Members may RSVP on CGA's website.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Impact Hub DC in Washington, DC

Film Screening: When Elephants Fight

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Impact Hub DC are proud to present a screening of When Elephants Fight with #StandWithCongo.

About the film

When Elephants Fight  is an award-winning documentary film that spotlights how the complicity of multinational corporations and corrupt politicians threatens human rights globally and perpetuates the deadliest conflict since World War II in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Narrated and Executive Produced by Actor and Activist Robin Wright, this film guides the viewer through a history of exploitation of central Africa’s resources and the struggle for peace and dignity. The film explores what Joseph Conrad called the Heart of Darkness, illustrating the brutality of foreign and domestic spoilers in their quests for power and wealth amidst regional instability sparked by colonialism and entrenched since the Rwandan Genocide.


When Elephants Fight shares an unprecedented glimpse into the central African minerals trade worth trillions in USD. Viewers witness the illicit trafficking of minerals that feeds the global thirst for mobile devices and military technology. The film illustrates the billion-dollar mining concession deals bankrupting the Congolese state and undercutting the people of desperately-needed revenue for reforms in security, education, and health. Recent revelations from the Panama Papers demonstrate that shady business benefitting corporate and political elite is not limited to Congo Congo has lost 5.4 million people as a result of conflict since the late 1990s. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of unspeakable atrocities including mass killings and brutal sexual violence. When Elephants Fight highlights Congolese perseverance in the face of inhumanity by peace leaders and everyday individuals frustrated with the unstable status quo while struggling to provide for their families.

When Elephants Fight holds all accountable in our often unwitting role in the exploitation of those involved in sourcing and manufacturing.

About Stand With Congo

Stand With Congo is a campaign that organizes activist communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States, Canada, and Europe to lead the push for transparency in the extractive industries to ensure all such dealings in Congo meet international standards.




Friday, October 28, 2016 at 02:00 PM
Gallup HQ in Washington, DC

What the Whole World is Thinking

On Friday afternoon, the team at Gallup World Poll will be sharing the analysis tools they use to figure out what the world is thinking.

In every corner of the Earth, the Gallup World Poll tracks the opinions that matter most. Using data available nowhere else, Gallup can analyze over 100 crucial world issues affecting people's lives -- issues such as the global economic meltdown, the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Haiti, good jobs and bad jobs worldwide, confidence in institutions, and societal instability. Join this special program at Gallup HQ as their team shares about their excellent work on the World Poll and how you can utilize their work and this tool.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at 06:30 PM
The Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC

Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan

More than a dozen years ago, the United States invaded Afghanistan. The country's modern history is characterized by chronic instability and conflict. Since taking a more forward-leaning position in Afghanistan, the United States has become deeply invested in stabilizing the country and supporting rule of law under a democratic government that respects human rights.

Join YPFP for a discussion with Mike Walz, a man who understands that these words underpin U.S. foreign policy in more ways than one.

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Grappling with centuries-old feuds, defeating a shrewd insurgency, and navigating the sometimes paralyzing bureaucracy of the U.S. military are issues that prompt sleepless nights for both policy makers in Washington and soldiers at war, albeit for different reasons. Few, however, have dealt with these issues in the White House situation room and on the front line. Michael G. Waltz has done just that, working as a policy advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and also serving in the mountains of Afghanistan as a Green Beret, directly implementing strategy in the field that he helped devise in Washington.

In Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan Waltz shares his unique firsthand experiences, revealing the sights, sounds, emotions, and complexities involved in the war in Afghanistan. Waltz also highlights the policy issues that have plagued the war effort throughout the past decade, from the drug trade, to civilian casualties, to a lack of resources in comparison to Iraq, to the overall coalition strategy. At the same time, he points out that stabilizing Afghanistan and the region remains crucial to national security and that a long-term commitment along the lines of South Korea or Germany is imperative if America is to remain secure.

About the speaker

A native Floridian, Mike grew up in the Jacksonville area before leaving to serve in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces. His career has taken him through multiple combat tours as a Green Beret commander, to senior policy roles in the U.S. Government, and today a successful entrepreneur of a fast-growing company. In business and the military, his commitment to country and his home state of Florida continues, where he currently serves in a Special Operations unit in the Florida National Guard.

As President of Metis Solutions, Mike leads an international company that provides strategic analysis, intelligence support, and training services to the U.S. defense and intelligence Communities. Metis has twice been named to the INC. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. He provides strategic advice to foreign governments and commercial entities, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 4 rsvps
Asia Society New York in New York, NY

YPFP Excursion: 'Being the Other: The Muslim in India'

Join Asia Society as veteran Indian journalist Saeed Naqvi discusses the various deliberate and inadvertent acts that have contributed to the othering of the 180 million Muslims in India.

Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this event ($12 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.


Saeed Naqvi is senior Indian journalist, television commentator, interviewer. He has interviewed world leaders and personalities in India and abroad, which appear in newspapers, magazines and on national television, remained editor of the World Report, a syndication service on foreign affairs, and has written for several publication, both global and Indian, including the BBC NewsThe Sunday ObserverThe Sunday TimesThe GuardianWashington PostThe Indian ExpressThe Citizenand Outlook magazine. At The Indian Express, he started in 1977 as a Special Correspondent and eventually becoming, editor, Indian Express, Madras, (1979–1984), and Foreign Editor,The Indian Express, Delhi in 1984, and continues to writes columns and features for the paper.

Thursday, November 03, 2016 at 06:30 PM · 5 rsvps
EastWest Institute in New York, NY

U.S. Cyber Policy and Innovation

What are the challenges facing U.S. Department of Defense cyber policy and how is U.S. Cyber Command innovating to answer these challenges?

Join us on Thursday, November 3rd for a discussion on U.S. cyber policy and technology concerns with Jacquelyn Schneider, Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and member of the Point of Partnership team at U.S. Cyber Command. She will also speak about the Department of Defense's new initiative, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), which links the U.S. military with leading technology companies. The discussion will be moderated by Franz-Stefan Gady, senior fellow at EastWest Institute (EWI) and and founding member of the Worldwide Cybersecurity Initiative.

Open to YPFP members and non-members; link for non-members ($10) to RSVP here.

This event is being co-hosted with EWI and will include a small reception courtesy of YPFP. 


Schneider-3-1.jpgJacquelyn G. Schneider, Major, United States Air Force Reserve, is a member of the Point of Partnership team at U.S. Cyber Command. Previously, she served as a joint planner in the J5-Policy and Plans Division of U.S. Cyber Command where she worked on international engagement, cyber deterrence, and operational cyber planning.

In her civilian capacity, she is an Instructor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cyber, unmanned technologies, and Northeast Asia. Jacquelyn's work has appeared in print in Journal of Conflict Resolution and Strategic Studies Quarterly, and on-line at War on the Rocks, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and The Center for a New American Security. Previously, she held adjunct positions at RAND and the Center for a New American Security and was a PhD Candidate in Residence at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University.

Jacquelyn holds a B.A. in Economics-Political Science from Columbia University, a M.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University, and is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at George Washington University.

Thursday, November 03, 2016 at 07:00 PM

Workshop: Communicating with Presence

We’ve all seen people who carry an undeniable positive energy and confidence. They project authority and immediately connect with others. What exactly is going on there, and what makes their messaging so contagious? 

Please join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy – San Francisco for a workshop led by Anne Ricketts, a public speaking coach and cross-cultural communications expert, on developing skills and strategies for commanding attention, maintaining connection, and sustaining presence. The 90 mins. workshop will be a dynamic mix of discussion, video clips, small group activities and practice.

This event is open to twenty YPFP members and friends. Please RSVP at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/OZojIzbCQd0zfNv02. *If you do not intend to attend the workshop or are unable to commit to the full 90 mins., we ask that you please do not sign-up in order to allow other dedicated individuals the opportunity to attend.

Anne Ricketts is the founder and principal of Lighthouse Communications. She founded Lighthouse Communications in 2013 after seeing the need at many Bay Area companies with a heavy international workforce for English as a second language and communication skills training. Ricketts has taught workshops at many of the top tech companies around the world. She grew up in the Bay Area, and attended the University of California at Davis where she majored in Italian. Indulging her passion for world travel, she spent several years studying and teaching English in Florence. In 2004, Ricketts moved back to San Francisco and earned a Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 at 07:00 PM
London School of Economics in London, United Kingdom

The Cyber Series: Risks to the Financial and Energy Sectors

Cyber security is now of paramount importance for businesses in all sectors. But how much does the average person really know about the types of cyber threats faced by different economic sectors on a daily basis, and the monetary costs attached? The goal of this new series is to equip those outside the cyber security realm with foundational knowledge and a better understanding of cyber risks today.


The first event will feature a panel discussion of the cyber risks faced by the Financial and Energy Sectors, both deemed critical to the UK's security. Since the cyber attack against the Ukrainian power grid in December 2015, which led to a six-hour blackout in some areas, there has been a growing focus on securing the computer systems that regulate our power supply. The cyber vulnerabilities in the banking world have also received increased attention since February of this year, when hackers stole $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank. 


Joining us on the panel to discuss these and other incidents will be:


Chris Joy, BlackRock's Chief Information Security Officer for EMEA. Chris has over 17 years of experience in cyber security in the financial sector, previously working for Standard Chartered Bank and Nomura. Having began his career in a technical capacity, Chris is well placed to provide a solid overview of the cyber threats financial institutions face.


Éireann Leverett, Affiliate Senior Risk Researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies and founder of Concinnity Risks. Éireann has spent over 10 years working to secure critical computer systems, once finding more than 10,000 vulnerable industrial control systems accessible from the public Internet.  


We look forward to welcoming you to what will undoubtedly be a stimulating and insightful conversation, and invite you to join us for networking drinks afterwards.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 07:00 PM · 10 rsvps
Juan Machado in New York, NY

YPFP Excursion: President Clinton/Trump: The Asia Inbox

Join Asia Society for a discussion on what lies in store for the next president, and for U.S. relations with the nations of Asia. What issues are highest in priority? From Iran to India, China to North Korea, maritime disputes to climate change to the threat of terrorism, what should the U.S. role and posture be?


Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this event ($20 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns is Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the board of directors of Entegris, Inc. He is a member of Secretary John Kerry's Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs—the State Department’s third-ranking official, led negotiations on the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, was the lead negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program, and served as Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005) and Greece (1997-2001). He served as State Department Spokesman (1995-1997), five years on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the administration of President George H.W. Bush (1990-1995).

Ashley Tellis is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and was recently involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India. He is also Research Director of the Strategic Asia Program at the National Bureau of Asian Research and co-editor of the program’s twelve most recent annual volumes, including this year’s Strategic Asia 2015–16: Foundations of National Power. Previously, he served as Senior Adviser to the ambassador at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, and on the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to the president and Senior Director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia. He is the author of India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture (RAND, 2001) and co-author of Interpreting China’s Grand Strategy: Past, Present, and Future (RAND, 2000).

Yun Sun is Senior Associate with the East Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center and a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to early 2014, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program where she focused on the Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun was the China Analyst for International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China's foreign policy towards conflict countries and developing world.

Jon Williams (moderator) is managing editor for international news at ABC News. Prior to his current role, he spent seven years as world editor at the BBC, where he managed a staff of 200 people in 30 different countries, shaping the organization's news coverage and strategy. In 2007, the BBC's coverage of the Israel-Lebanon conflict won an international Emmy in the news category. Most recently, he oversaw the organization's reporting of the civil war in Syria, which was honored with the 2013 International Prize by the Royal Television Society. From 2000-2003, he served as the main broadcast producer on the BBC's "Six O'Clock News" — the U.K.'s most-watched news program — during 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM
TBC in Washington, DC

Call for Staff

Looking to become a better leader, hone your interpersonal skills and work with some of DC's best and brightest young professionals?

Here's your chance! Join us at our Call for Staff to learn about opportunities to volunteer on the staff of YPFP.

As an all volunteer-run international nonprofit, we have opportunities to build skills in programs, communications, business development, membership, strategy, and operations--the sky is the limit on what you can learn by joining our vibrant community of young professionals passionate about foreign affairs.

At our Call for Staff, you will have the opportunity to meet with current YPFP volunteers to learn about their work and what it means to be on YPFP staff.  We look forward to meeting you there!

Check out our current volunteer openings, here