We’re organizing our first YPFP-NY led trip, which will be to Bhutan from May 26 to June 4, 2017 (TBC).
Nestled in the Himalayas between China and India, the tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan (est. 750,000 population) is one of three countries with which the U.S. does not have official diplomatic relations. Since Bhutan is peaceful, it gives us the opportunity to pioneer a diplomatic exchange on behalf of the US, which could lead to many more opportunities down the line.
As one of the youngest democracies in the world, Bhutan is also noteworthy for measuring its citizens' happiness levels instead of their economic activity, or GDP. Gross National Happiness (GNH), as it's called, implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.
Our members will have the chance to meet and forge relationships with leaders, thinkers, students, NGOs etc, over a few days in the capital city, Thimphu, discussing a range of topics from Gross National Happiness to entrepreneurship, as well as experience the country's highlights, such as trekking to the Tiger's Nest Monastery and whitewater rafting in Punakha. We plan to overlap with the first business solutions and social impact summit (May 28 - June 3), a coordinated initiative between MyBhutan, Bhutan Philanthropic Ventures, and beVOYAGEUR, an experiential travel summit that facilitates private-public partnerships.
YPFP-NY's own Programming Director, Erin Levi, is writing a travel guidebook to Bhutan and will be leading the trip alongside a local guide.
Base cost will be between $2600-2800 pp, including lodging, guide, meals and transportation in country, and the flight from Bangkok or Delhi to Paro but excluding international airfare to Delhi or Bangkok (an additional $800-1000+ RT) and optional activities like white-water rafting or biking.
If you're interested in joining the trip, please fill out this survey. Deadline for entire trip cost is April 26, 2017.
For those who would like to crowdfund all or part of their trip cost, we will reach out to potential participants about setting up a campaign on Classy.org.
A minimum of 5 participants is required for this trip. Ideal size is 10 to 15 people.
WHAT: YPFP May Social
WHEN: Tuesday, May 30th, 19:00-22:30
WHERE: The Funky Monkey, Rue Archimède 65, 1000 Brussels
WHO: YPFP members and Friends
As we move one step closer towards the summer, come celebrate what hopes to be a continuation of the good weather at our end of May social! Swap stories, share plans and exchange views on recent foreign policy issues - from elections in France, the UK and Iran to the latest developments in the US administration. New to Brussels and want to know more about YPFP? You can hear all about the range of events and activities coming up and mix with members, staff and friends.
We've reserved an area in the Funky Monkey, located at the heart of the EU quarter, which also has a great terrace to (hopefully!) enjoy some sunshine. Bring your friends, make new ones and enjoy the evening - no registration is needed, you can simply show up. Non-members and friends are also very welcome to come and meet YPFP Brussels staff and learn more about the benefits of becoming a member.
What do people with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international affairs do? Where do they go? How do they get there? Please join YPFP for a workshop on developing a search strategy and writing targeted, effective resumes to find your first (or next) opportunity in international affairs.
This workshop will:
- Equip you with a “big picture” understanding of the opportunities, pressures, and challenges of different industry directions that you can head in and career paths that you can traverse;
- Empower you to apply this understanding to the creation of a search strategy and schedule, different for each individual, and informed by the latest market and recruiting knowledge;
- Help you craft a resume that tells your story in the strongest and most accurate way possible.
Members may RSVP by logging into their accounts.
This event will be livestreamed for members of YPFP Toronto.
Want to attend? Special discount available for YPFP members.
Over the decades, arms control agreements have limited and reduced arsenals, curbed the spread of nuclear weapons, and halted testing by all but one state. But today, that disarmament process has stalled.
The Arms Control Association is excited to partner this year with YPFP as a co-host of their post-event reception, which aims to connect the next generation of global nonproliferation leaders. Through this partnership, we are also able to offer a discounted rate ($50 instead of $65!) for YPFP members who wish to attend the June 2 annual meeting policy conference in addition to or instead of the evening reception.
Topics to be discussed at the meeting include:
- President Donald Trump wants to “expand” the U.S. nuclear capacity and has denounced the New START agreement;
- Russia has deployed ground-based cruise missiles in violation of the INF Treaty;
- Hard-liners in Washington and Tehran are working to undermine the 2015 Iran nuclear deal; and
- North Korea continues to flaunt international law while improving its nuclear and missile capabilities.
For a more updated list of the full agenda or new speakers, check back at: ArmsControl.org/ArmsControl17
Dress Code: Business to Business Casual
What to Bring: Business Cards
Registration for the Annual Meeting also includes a complimentary drink ticket for a special reception following the day!
Not a YPFP member? You can still attend! Learn more about attending the ACA's Annual meeting.
YPFP and friends are also invited to a special reception following the Annual Meeting to meet and mingle with the leading voices in the arms control community!
Meet the leading advocates for international arms control at their 2017 annual meeting reception... Bring your business cards!
When: Friday, June 2 at 5:00p
Where: 18th Street Lounge
(Note: 21+ only)
YPFP and the Arms Control Association (ACA) invite you to a special reception featuring the leading voices in the arms control community. (Complimentary drink ticket is included for all attendees of the ACA's Annual Meeting.)
Interested in attending the ACA's Annual Meeting? YPFP members are eligible for a special discount. Learn more.
About the Arms Control Association - The Arms Control Association, founded in 1971, is a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly denounced the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — the “Iran Deal” to dismantle that country’s nuclear program — and said he would withdraw from the agreement. Just days after the inauguration, Iran conducted missile tests, drawing a warning from President Trump that Iran “was playing with fire.” Relations between the two countries have remained contentious, and the escalation and potential for conflict are causes for concern.
Join a high-level discussion on the rapid changes and high stakes in the Iran-U.S. relationship, and the challenges that lie ahead.
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 John Limbert, former deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
- Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment.
- Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
- Nazee Moinian (moderator), Ph.D. candidate at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
While the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has dominated the spotlight of recent discussions surrounding international terrorism, al-Qa’ida continues to prove its prominence and relevance through its franchises and affiliates across the globe.
Please join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) for a discussion about al-Qa’ida’s resurgence, a forecasting of where the organization is heading in the near-to-long term, and a prediction of whether ISIL or al-Qa’ida will ultimately claim hegemony of the global jihadist movement. Fatima Bhojani, a reporter specializing in counterterrorism, will interview Ryan Young and Jacqueline Sutherland from YPFP’s Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) regarding their recently published Policy Brief entitled: al-Qa’ida’s Eclipse of ISIL.
For those not in D.C., the event will be live streamed via YPFP's Facebook page!
Ryan Young is the Chair of the CTWG. He works as an Acting Watch Commander & Intelligence Analyst in the 24/7 Security Operations Center of the World Bank Group (WBG) as a contractor through iJET International. Ryan earned a MS in International Affairs from Florida State University and a BA in Criminology & Criminal Justice from University of Maryland, College Park.
Jacqueline Sutherlandis the Associate Director of the CTWG as well as YPFP’s Terrorism and Asymmetric Warfare Fellow. She is also a security-focused Senior Analyst at The Chertoff Group and a non-resident Counterterrorism Fellow at the London-based Asia-Pacific Foundation. Jacqueline has been interviewed as a counterterrorism expert on the BBC, NBC, Fox, and CTV News, and has been published in The Hill, The National Interest, and Real Clear World. She holds a MS from The London School of Economics and a BA from Wake Forest University.
YPFP’s NextGen Voices series amplifies foreign policy ideas and solutions of YPFP members.
Join us and The Met Society for specialty cocktails at The Ainsworth in Chelsea. Drink specials available.
Our monthly happy hours are a great opportunity to learn more about YPFP NY and connect with like-minded people. 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.
Anyone can come. Non-members may RSVP via Facebook.
Join us for the inaugural meeting of the YPFP NY book club, led by member Miranda Tomić.
We'll read the play Oslo by J.T. Rogers, which has received seven Tony nominations, including best play. According to the New York Times, the play "invites you into the chambers where the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization were forged during nine fraught months in 1993."
We are also planning a YPFP excursion to see the play after in July.
New to YPFP and want to learn what it's all about?
Join staff and your fellow new members for our new membership orientation on Thursday, June 29, 6 pm - 8 pm (location TBD).
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!