Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 06:30 PM
WeWork White House in Washington, DC

Corporate Governance 2030: Combating Corruption

You are the Chairman of a major corporation operating in 30 countries across the globe, each with a unique political system and business culture. How do you keep corruption from infiltrating your company? 

The audience becomes the Board of Directors as YPFP welcomes Dr. John Sullivan, former founding executive director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), for an interactive program on global corruption and the evolution of corporate governance.



John D. Sullivan, PhD, is an independent consultant and recently retired as the founding Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise. He served on the 1983 democracy program study that created the National Endowment for Democracy. Previously, John worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on the President Ford Election Committee, and in minority business development >>> full biography


This event is part of YPFP’s 2030 Series, highlighting emerging themes and issues critical to the future of global foreign policy.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Beers Bank (downstairs) in Etterbeek, Belgium

Armchair Discussion: Ukraine: between past and future, and east and west

WHAT: Armchair Discussion: Ukraine, Ukraine: between past and future, and east and west
WHEN: Tuesday, 25 April, 19h00 – 20h30
WHERE: Beers Bank (downstairs) - 34, Place Jourdan
WHO: YPFP members


Once a daily headline subject, as the world waited with a mixture of dread and anticipation to see what would happen next, the situation in Ukraine no longer makes the front pages. The country has been torn between east and west since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. This finally came to a head in 2013 and 2014, with - in quick succession - the first protests against pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych's abandonment of a deal with the European Union; the annexation of Crimea by Russia; the downing of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane; and finally the destabilization of Eastern Ukraine. How has Ukraine's geopolitical stance changed vis-a-vis NATO, the EU, and Russia? What can we expect to see in the coming months and years regarding its security? These issues, and more, will be the focus of our first armchair discussion of 2017, which promises to be another informative and interactive session in the cosy atmosphere of Beers Bank.

YPFP is therefore proud to host the acting Ambassador of Ukraine to NATO, Mr Yehor Bezhok, who will join us for a discussion about various aspects of Ukraine's status both internally and externally. This event is for YPFP members only, and offers the rare opportunity to receive a first-hand perspective on the current situation in Ukraine and likely developments in the near future regarding both its security, and defence policy. We will also delve into what a stronger relationship with NATO and the EU will mean for Ukraine, in the light of recent events such as the easing of visa requirements by the EU.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 16 rsvps
The Great Room in New York, NY

Nationalism, Populism, and the 2017 Elections: Implications for 'Illiberal Democracy' and Integration in the EU

Join YPFP NY, European Horizons' NYU chapter, and the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program & Alumni Association for a panel discussion on rising populism and illiberalism in the context of major European elections in 2017. Many EU countries, like France and Germany, are voting in elections amid a swell of populist and nationalistic feeling. Against this background are the rise of "illiberal democracies" among certain EU members, like Hungary and Poland. How will these trends play out in the election results, what do they mean for the EU, and how will they affect member countries' relationships with other major countries like the United States?

A catered reception will follow the panel discussion.

Members may RSVP by logging into their accounts.


  • Dr. Colette Mazzucelli, European Horizons, NYU New York, Moderator
  • Dr. Franz Schimek, Inspector of European Schools, and Chairman, Austrian-American Educational Cooperation Association
  • Dr. Andras Pap, Professor, Central European University, and, Senior Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Itay Lotem, Postdoctoral Fellow in French Language and Culture at the University of Westminster in London

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 06:30 PM

Climate 2030: Pairing Progressivism and Pragmatism


A recent Gallup poll indicates the concern about global warming is at an eight-year high.

But, how concerned should we actually be?

Come find out as our NextGen-heavy panel weighs in on this hot topic: 



Alex Bozmoski is Director of Strategy & Operations for republicEn, where he leads policy development for George Mason University’s Energy and Enterprise Initiative. Full bio here.




David Bailey is Research Director at the Climate Leadership Council and previously spearheaded ExxonMobil's climate policy arm. Full bio here




Jesse Young is a strategic consultant at Climate Nexus and previously served as a senior advisor in the office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change, where he was part of the team that helped negotiate the Paris Agreement. Full bio here.  



6:30-6:40 Welcoming remarks delivered by Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission Boris Ruge.

6:40-8:00 Panel Discussion.

8:00-9:00 The Embassy generously invites participants to a reception following the main program.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Beers Bank in Etterbeek, Belgium

The Southeast Asia paradigm: how organised crime finances terrorism


Behind headline-grabbing attacks and the 'propaganda' that receives so much media attention, how does terrorism find the necessary funds to ensure its survival? Growing fears that Islamist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) are expanding in Southeast Asia are driving some to believe that the region is becoming the financing hub of terrorist groups. The nature of the East Asian region is such that it does not need continuous funding from outside. Today, criminal activity generates the highest income for terrorists from IS and multiple other groups in the countries of Southeast Asia. Hostage ransoming is the most fruitful activity but human, arms and drugs trafficking also play a role in some countries.

Come, order a beer and discuss these issues with our distinguishd guest Günther Sablattnig, Adviser to the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator at the Council of the European Union, and other speakers. We will try to determine if the East Asian region is indeed becoming the financing centre of Islamist terrorism, what role that criminal activity plays in this, and the EU's stance regarding the situation.

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM through June 04, 2017

YPFP-NY Trip: Bhutan

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 (June 1-6 TBC), a coordinated initiative between the Office of His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, 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. A $250 deposit to reserve your space on the trip is due April 10, 2017, via PayPal to new.york@ypfp.org. 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.

Friday, June 02, 2017 at 09:00 AM

Special Invitation: Arms Control Association Annual Meeting

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.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Keynote speaker and "2016 Arms Control Person of the Year"; Ambassador Tony de Brum, former Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands. Ambassador de Brum led his government's case at the International Court of Justice against those nuclear weapons states which have failed to meet their disarmament commitments. 
  • Thomas M. Countryman, former Acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation;
  • Ulrich Kuehn, Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Fellow, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH); and,
  • Anya Loukianova, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, RAND Corporation

For a more updated list of the full agenda or new speakers, check back at: ArmsControl.org/ArmsControl17

Further Details:

Dress Code: Business to Business Casual

What to Bring: Business Cards

Register as a YPFP member

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!

Friday, June 02, 2017 at 05:00 PM
18th Street Lounge in Washington, DC

NextGen Network: Arms Control Association Special Reception

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.