Upcoming Events

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 05:30 PM
Consulate General of Hungary in Toronto, ON, Canada

YPFP Consulate Series: Hungarian Foreign Policy

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy invites its members and non-members to the seventh Consulate Series event, generously hosted by the Hungarian Consulate in Toronto. The event will be an interactive discussion session on Hungarian foreign policy with the Consul General, Dr. Stefánia Szabó.


Register Here!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 07:00 PM

Discussion Group - Race for the Arctic - Will the recent developments in the Arctic lead to a new Russian military playground ?

Russia has warned that countries could be at war within a decade over resources in the Arctic region. Russia’s Strategy calls for increasing presence in the Arctic and boosting the region's development by 2020, including through the recent deployment of “White bear” missiles in the area, while the country’s recent claims over disputed regions of the continental shelf could nearly double the Russian Arctic Zone if accepted internationally.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Defense Arctic Policy states that US national security interests in the Arctic region include “missile defense and early warning; deployment of sea and air systems for strategic sealift, strategic deterrence, maritime presence, and maritime security operations.”

The possibility of armed conflict and chaos in the “Wild North” is viewed as a potential development in the long term by most observers, as tensions are evident among the “Arctic Eight”—Russia, the United States, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Canada, and Denmark (Greenland).

How do you think the dramatic changes coming to the Arctic will unfold in the coming years and what are the forces, factors, and events that could determine its future path? What are the economic, energetic and commercial interests at stake impacting the security and geopolitical landscape? What sort of actions and proportional policy response could NATO and its military allies implement in the region?

Join us on May 30th to engage in an informal discussion with your YPFP fellows and friends around a nice drink.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Brussels is a unique forum which helps to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders worldwide. Over the last nine years, YPFP has built a successful organization in the heart of Brussels. Through regular debates, workshops and social events, YPFP works to provide young professionals with the knowledge, skills and networks to tackle the critical challenges they will face throughout their careers in Europe and across the world.

Monday, June 04, 2018 at 05:30 PM
NYU Cantor Film Center in New York, NY

Ian Bremmer -- US VS. THEM: The Failure of Globalism


NYU's Center for Global Affairs is generously inviting YPFP members to its event with Ian Bremmer on June 4.

If you think the populist uprising against globalism has peaked, Ian Bremmer has news for you...In recent years, the political establishments in country after country have faced extraordinary pressure from a wave of popular anger against governments that have failed to protect citizens from profoundly disruptive changes. The election of President Trump and the Brexit vote made visible the rise of a new wave of populism. But is this only the beginning?

In the New York Times best seller US VS. THEM: The Failure of Globalism, Ian Bremmer unveils what’s next in a world defined by political unrest and unpredictability. Bremmer has built his career on assessing global risk and explaining political trends. Now, he explores the downsides of globalism, the struggle between the insider and the outsider, between governments and citizens, and the fear that has generated drastic geopolitical shifts. In a world increasingly divided by political, economic, cultural, and technological changes, US VS. THEM is about the coming conflict between the citizen and the state.

Join Ian Bremmer in conversation with Guardian columnist and author Richard Wolffe to discuss the battle between globalism and nationalism, the rise of the global middle class and the impact of increased access to communication technologies in the developing world, and how our social contracts might be re-imagined in partnership with citizens, governments, and the private sector.

IAN BREMMER is President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, Editor-at-Large and Global Affairs Columnist for TIME and was recently named LinkedIn’s Top Influencer of 2017. He is the author of nine books, including the national bestsellers The End of the Free Market and Every Nation for Itself. Bremmer has been featured on CBS “This Morning,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Fox News, CNN, and in TIME, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

RICHARD WOLFFE is an author, journalist, and digital media executive, with extensive experience covering politics and foreign policy across multiple platforms. He writes a twice-weekly column for The Guardian. He is the author of several books about the Obama campaigns and presidency, including Renegade: The Making of a President, and The Message: The Re-selling of President Obama. His forthcoming book will examine the relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Note that this is not a YPFP-sponsored nor hosted event. We are listing it here for the benefit of our members.

To RSVP, please visit here.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at 06:30 PM
5th & Mad in New York, NY

International Trivia, with YPFP


Join YPFP New York on Tuesday, June 5th for its End of Spring Fundraiser - International Trivia! Covering current events, geography, history and art (all with an international angle), we will be testing your knowledge over six rounds with six to ten questions per round. Teams can be up to 5 people.

TICKETS: Entry is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Event is open to members and non-members and tickets can be purchased with the Eventbrite link here

NOTES: No smartphones allowed on the tables! Be ready to engage in a bit of friendly competition and to test only the knowledge in your head!

DRINK SPECIALS (Happy Hour): 6:30pm - 8:30pm $6 All Beers, All Well Drinks, House Red/White Wine & House Champagne


Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Quaker House, Square Ambiorix 50 in Brussels, Belgium

The Role of Media as a Peacebuilding Tool in Syria

The conflict in Syria is in its 7th year. Accurate reporting on the conflict is challenged by the lack of access to reliable information. Journalists have lost their lives trying to report on the situation. The role the media plays as a tool for the freedom of expression is crucial to providing information in areas of restricted access and giving a voice to local suppressed actors. This event will explore how media can be a tool for peacebuilding in Syria by practicing conflict sensitivity, transforming violent conflict into dialogue, and promoting stories of peace to build a better future for Syria.

  • What is the current role of media in the conflict in Syria?
  • How can the media report on the numerous actors and their interests in Syria within a conflict transformation approach?
  • How can the media develop a concrete narrative for peace to tackle growing misconceptions and counter the proliferation of disinformation?
  • How can the international community, including the EU, help to ensure the media is conducive to peacebuilding in Syria?

Opening remarks: Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA)

Moderator: Alicia Jensen, security and defence officer, YPFP Brussels


Mazen Darwish, President of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE)

Enrico de Angelis, Founder of SyriaUntold and media analyst for Free Press Unlimited (FPU)

Lara Scarpitta, Policy Officer – Mediation Advisor at Prevention of Conflicts, Rule of Law/SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilisation and Mediation (PRISM), EEAS

Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 13 rsvps
The Korea Society in New York, NY

After Talks, What's Next with North Korea?

How do we frame the Trump-Kim summit? What are critical next-steps? Get a Washington insider perspective with Mansfield Foundation President and CEO Frank Jannuzi and National Committee on North Korea Executive Director Keith Luse. Frank and Keith served as senior advisors to US Senate Relations Committee Chairs, and both bring unique contacts and sensibilities to this discussion on dialogue with North Korea and efforts to prevent conflict. Jannuzi and Luse join Korea Society Senior Director Stephen Noerper.


Keith Luse is the Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea. Previously, Luse was the Senior East Asia Policy Advisor for Chairman and later Ranking Member Senator Richard G. Lugar at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2003 until 2013. Luse also served as Staff Director for Mr. Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member. While at the Senate Agriculture Committee, Luse made the first of eventually five trips to North Korea.

Frank Jannuzi is President and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director (Advocacy, Policy and Research) at Amnesty International USA, where he shaped and promoted legislation and policies to advance universal human rights, protect individuals and communities at risk, and free prisoners of conscience.

RSVP below by COB Tuesday, June 12. 

Please note that this is not a YPFP-hosted nor sponsored event. We are sharing this event with our members for their benefit.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 06:00 PM
DC Cruises in Washington, DC

Happy Hour Boat Cruise with YPFP

Join YPFP for our Spring/Summer Membership event!

Tickets are just $20 to mingle with fellow YPFP members, and members are encouraged to invite their friends! Enjoy $6 happy hour specials on a cruise boat featuring panoramic windows, indoor and outdoor decks, a cash bar, air-conditioning, and bathrooms. 

When: Saturday, June 16, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where: DC Cruises, Washington Harbor, 3100 K St. NW

Washington, DC 20007

Tickets: $20


Purchase tickets here

Select the YPFP discounted ticket option. Seats are limited, so don’t wait!


*Upon boarding, find our team members holding YPFP posters*


Questions? Contact Adam Tabaka, adam.tabaka@ypfp.org

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Hawthorne in Washington, DC

YPFP July Monthly Happy Hour

Come enjoy an evening with your YPFP colleagues for a happy hour at Hawthorne! There will be plenty of time to share ideas and make new friends as you enjoy Hawthorne's rooftop and drinks. This event is open to both YPFP members and non-members.

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM through August 15, 2018

Knowing North Korea: A Workshop for Students and Young Professionals

As nuclear anxieties and high-stakes diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula overtake the international stage and fill news headlines, it is not surprising that more and more students and young professionals are taking a deep interest in North Korea. However, knowing where to find clear-eyed analysis and primary-source information on North Korea is not simple, and there are few professional development opportunities for those seeking to begin a career working on North Korea-related issues.

In order to help fill this gap, the National Committee on North Korea’s Knowing North Korea workshop will provide graduate students and young professionals with a deep-dive overview of critical topics related to North Korea, as well as an introduction to practical skill-sets that can enhance and broaden a career in North Korea analysis and research. The program will include a two-day conference featuring workshops and discussions with DC-based North Korea specialists and policy professionals. The Program will also include site visits to institutions such as the State Department and Congress. Selected participants will receive roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for the duration of the two-day program. Students and young professionals from outside of the Washington, DC metro area are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

A complete application will include the following four items:

1. A completed application form
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
3. Letter of interest that addresses the following questions (500 words max): a. What is your interest in participating in this program? b. How do your professional or academic interests relate to North Korea?
4. One letter of recommendation, submitted directly to application@ncnk.org by the recommender.

Submission instructions: Applicants should send all completed application materials in PDF format to application@ncnk.org by May 31, 2018. In your submission email, please use the subject line “2018 NCNK Workshop Application – First and Last Name”. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Hawthorne in Washington, DC

YPFP August Monthly Happy Hour

Come enjoy an evening with your YPFP colleagues for a happy hour at Hawthorne! There will be plenty of time to share ideas and make new friends as you enjoy Hawthorne's rooftop and drinks. This event is open to both YPFP members and non-members.