Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM
UCDC in Washington, DC

Developing Your Personal Brand: A Workshop with Bassima Alghussein

Your personal brand is vital to your career. Building your personal brand, however, can be tricky. How do you distinguish yourself in your field? How can you leverage your personal brand to help you reach the next step in your professional life? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, then you should join YPFP and Young Government Leaders (YGL) for a joint workshop on personal branding. In this workshop, our partner Bassima Alghussein, President of Alghussein Global Strategies, will leverage her years of experience in the foreign policy and national security field to coach YPFP and YGL members on ways to manage your personal brand.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where: UCDC

1608 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Check-in: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Discussion: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Post-Discussion Mingle: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Bassima Alghussein is Managing Partner of Alghussein Global Strategies, a government affairs and political communications consulting firm based in Washington D.C. The firm has executed projects involving the U.S. Congress, U.S. Dept. of State, European Union, British Parliament, Egyptian Parliament, International Monetary Fund and the World Economic Forum. Ms. Alghussein is also a Truman National Security Project Political Expert.

She has appeared hundreds of times on national and international news outlets on foreign and domestic policy issues including: Fox News Channel, Fox Business Channel, Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera, i24News, CGTN, and TRT World, spanning the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She has published or been quoted in: Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera English, and The American Conservative.

Ms. Alghussein previously served as a White House appointed Legislative Affairs Advisor to the U.S. Dept. of Energy in the Obama Administration and is a graduate of the White House Management Leadership Training Program. She previously led Congressional relations for the Center for Strategic and International Studies-- consistently ranked the world's most influential defense think tank-- working with global leaders including Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger, among others. She began her career on Capitol Hill, in the U.S. House of Representatives working for a member of the Armed Services Committee. 

Ms. Alghussein is a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College in International Relations and is pursuing her Masters degree at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Security Studies. She previously studied and worked at Yale University.
Her interest in international relations stems from her competitive debate experience, winning first place at the Hawaii State Championship. At the National Debate Championship Ms. Alghusssein was recruited as one of five debaters to represent the US at the World Debate Championship in Peru. 

She grew up between Hawaii, Cairo, California and Abu Dhabi.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 01:00 PM
Wunder Garten in Washington, DC

World Cup Watch Party @ Wunder Garten

Join YPFP for a World Cup watch party at Wunder Garten! Arrive at 1:00pm to enjoy the bier garden and CaliBurger before settling in for kick-off of the Germany v. Sweden game. 

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018

Where: Wunder Garten

1101 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Event: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Please note this event is open to the public.

Monday, June 25, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 1 rsvp
Location will be shared with attendees

Tea with the Ambassador of Sweden

YPFP London is delighted to invite you for tea/coffee with Ambassador Torbjörn Sohlström.

Places are extremely limited and you must be a YPFP London member to attend. 

To register your interest please email gurjinder.dhaliwal@ypfp.org with your full name and place of work.

Apply for membership here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Press Club in Brussels, Belgium

Understanding the Power of Perception: Shaping the Information Battlefield

Information Operations (IO) and Strategic Communications play an integral part alongside any military operation, providing the armed forces worldwide with an integral tool to communicate intentions and purpose to a wide-range of different audiences. Local communities within these theatres of operations are likely to assist and less likely to resist when there is clarity and understanding of the legitimacy of an intervention of national and international forces.

Over the past decade, we have seen the dramatic rise in the use of influence operations around the world focused on affecting the perceptions and behaviours of the target audience to achieve desired effects across the cognitive domain. These operations even go beyond operational theatres with great effect. A key challenge that the IO/StratCom communities face is the rapid proliferation of communication tools by state and non-state actors to control and influence the narrative.

YPFP invites you to join an exciting and unique event with Mark Laity, Chief Strategic Communications at NATO SHAPE which will provide you with a comprehensive introduction on information operations and strategic communications exploring the following key issues:

  • How can we best ensure the strategic level narrative is effectively distilled across all levels of operations?
  • How can we develop a strong coherent strategic narrative in a multinational setting that will resonate well with the target audience?
  • How can European countries develop a multi-national consensus to develop a clear, consistent and coherent narrative?
  • How has NATO applied strategic communications over the past years and how has it strategies evolved in response to the ever-changing information environment?

Mark Laity is the Chief Strategic Communications at SHAPE, the first post holder, and as such he has been a leading figure in developing StratCom within NATO. This role followed nine months in Afghanistan in 2006-7 as the NATO Spokesman in Kabul and Media Adviser to the ISAF Commander, and he has since done two further ISAF tours. Previously he had been Chief of Public Information at SHAPE.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 06:00 PM

On Brevity: A Writing Workshop with the International Churchill Society

In August 1940, in the midst of the Battle of Britain, Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent a memo urging his staff on the purpose of brevity. Churchill wrote that "We all have to read a mass of papers. Nearly all of them are far too long. This wastes time, while energy has to be spent in looking for the essential points."

Brevity is just as important today as it was more than 70 years ago. Learn how to write more clearly and concisely at YPFP's writing workshop with Michael Bishop, the Director of The National Churchill Library and Center at The George Washington University and Executive Director of The International Churchill Society.

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where: National Churchill Library and Center

2130 H St NW, First Level, Washington, DC 20052, United States

Check-in: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Discussion: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Post-Discussion Mingle: 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Michael F. Bishop was appointed director of the National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University and executive director of the International Churchill Society in October of 2016.  His reviews and articles on Churchill, Lincoln, World War I, and British and Irish politics and history appear regularly in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Review, The Daily Beast, and elsewhere. Michael has already established the Churchill Library as a vibrant center of Churchillian activity, hosting a number of distinguished leaders in the fields of politics, the military, journalism, and history to discuss the continuing relevance of Churchill's legacy.  Many of these events have been covered by C-SPAN and are available to view online. 

Trained as an historian, Michael has spent much of his career in politics, serving in several positions on Capitol Hill and later in the White House during the administration of George W. Bush.  More recently, Mr. Bishop served as corporate communications manager at Strategic Investment Group, a leading provider of outsourced chief investment office services.  He is the former executive director of the congressional Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and served as a consultant on Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg film.  He serves on the Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute. 

Mr. Bishop was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the George Washington University, and Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Nordic House in Brussels, Belgium

Workshop: How do we get to a smart and innovative market for defence?

SAAB and YPFP are delighted to announce two events in 2018 dedicated to the latest developments on the prospects and EU policies shaping the future of an EU single market for defence. Our two events will consist of an engaging workshop and a follow-up panel discussion later this year. Overall, our events aims to create a platform for open discussion and reflection on the current and upcoming developments to European defence initiatives.

Workshop: How do we get to a smart and innovative market for defence?

This workshop is dedicated on considering the future of EU defence developments and possibility of building a single market for defence. We invite you to join us in a challenging and dynamic exercise, where you will be presented with a scenario to engage with some of the complex EU defence developments from different perspectives considering opportunities and challenges from the viewpoints of a fictional Ministry of Defence, a company, and a DG Defence.

This workshop aims to prepare you to critically engage with experts who will sit on the panel of our second event, which focuses on the next steps in EU defence developments, and the possibility of a Single Market for Defence.  

European defence policy and industry expert Dr. Daniel Fiott will give you feedback on your ideas, and support the workshop by describing the lessons learned from the exercise.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Royal Bank of Canada in London , United Kingdom

Italy - Too Big to Fail? What's Next for our European Neighbour?

The recent election in Italy has sent shockwaves through Europe. The election’s big winner was the anti-establishment Five Star Movement which had ridden a wave of popular discontent linked to economic malaise and concerns over immigration. Markets were nervous and so too the EU as Italy made threats to leave.

YPFP London is delighted to welcome an esteemed panel of experts to discuss these dramatic events and dissect what this means for the EU, the markets and Italy.

Dr. Elliot Hentov - Head of Policy and Research, Official Institutions Group, State Street Global Advisors. Dr. Hentov has held a variety of roles including director and lead analyst at ratings group Standard & Poor's for sovereigns and government-related entities in Central, Eastern and Mediterranean Europe. Before that Elliot served as a political affairs officer at the United Nations headquarters in New York, advising senior officials on political and economic issues in the Middle East and Europe. He has written publications in the New York Times, Financial Times, Foreign Policy and Washington Quarterly. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum in London.

Dr Corrado Macchiarelli - Lecturer in Economics and Finance at Brunel University London. Dr. Macchiarelli is also a Visiting Research Fellow in European Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE) and a part-time Lecturer in Economics at New York University's (NYU) Stern School of Business in London. He is part of a pool of Monetary Policy Experts for the European Parliament, writing non-technical briefings to support the Parliament's quarterly hearings of the ECB President. He has worked and consulted for the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Monetary Fund, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 06:30 PM
UCDC in Washington, DC

Navigating a Career in Diplomacy and Development

As we navigate and shape our careers, we all have questions and confront decision points along the way. Join YPFP for a professional development workshop with Smash Strategies. Smash Strategies partners Stephenie and Susan have decades of experience, working both internationally and domestically on politics, policy and advocacy. They understand the public and private sectors and how to use those platforms to propel sustainable change. This workshop will help frame what questions to ask (yourself and others) throughout your career in these fields, how to get started, and how to succeed.

When: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where: UCDC

1608 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA

Check-in: 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Discussion: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Post-Discussion Mingle: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Stephenie Foster has deep and broad expertise in women’s economic and political empowerment, and decades of experience in government, the non-profit sector, and law. For the last five years Stephenie served at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as a Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. As a member of the office’s leadership team, she coordinated, managed and implemented a wide range of policies and programs central to the work of the office. This included the women, peace and security initiative, women’s political participation and women’s economic empowerment. She has represented the United States in various multilateral and bilateral forums, such as the G7 Gender Working Group. Stephenie also served at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, focusing on women and civil society, travelling extensively throughout the country to work with individuals and organizations advancing the role of women in Afghan society.

Stephenie served as Chief of Staff to two United States Senators (Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT)) and was appointed by President Clinton as General Counsel of the U. S. General Services Administration. She ran her own consulting business and was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Legacy, where she was widely credited with building a strong and effective government affairs presence.


Susan Markham is a passionate advocate for gender equality and female empowerment speaking often about the essential role of women in politics and development.Susan most recently served at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In this position, she advised Agency leadership on gender policy issues, and led cross-sectoral program efforts in resilience, adolescent girls’ education and energy. Previously, she led the efforts of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to increase women’s political participation globally as voters, activists, candidates and officeholders. In this role, she was especially proud of her work in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen to help women find and use their voices in their countries.

Susan worked earlier in her career in U.S. politics. At EMILY’s List, she ran the Political Opportunity Program (POP) that recruited, trained and supported women running for office at the state and local office. She also managed the Campaign Corps program that brought young people into the political process. In the process, she helped other organizations like Hopefund and the New Organizing Institute create similar programs specifically focused on young people of color. Previously, she worked at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Participation 2000, and managed and raised funds for five federal and state campaigns.

Monday, July 16, 2018 at 06:30 PM

July Book Club


Join YPFP's monthly book club. On July 16, we will read Benn Steil's The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War, which reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.

In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.

Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.

Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides critical context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.

Happy reading! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 06:00 PM

Summer Social

YPFP London is pleased to announce that our summer social will take place on July 18.

We will confirm the exact location soon, but please hold the date and come along to discuss the latest foreign policy developments with fellow young professionals over a drink or two.