Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Parc Léopold in Brussels, Belgium

YPFP Policy Picnic: Let's Talk About Transatlantic Relations

YPFP Brussels is happy to invite you to another policy picnic on Tuesday, 21 August, at 19.00 at Parc Léopold to talk about one of the hot topics kicking off the summer: U.S. President Trump's visit to our very own stomping grounds in Brussels. Feel free to bring friends, some snacks and drinks, and enjoy the evening!

The buzz that followed the NATO Summit on 11-12 July, that continued on to more security and defence topics in Helsinki on 15 June, is for many of us Brusselians slowly replaced by holidays far from the political heat.

For those of us in Brussels, a picnic conversation over beers and baguettes would be a great way to re-visit those eventful days and consider their aftermath on the transatlantic relationship.

Let's exchange ideas on the conclusions of this summers' NATO Summit, and the role that President Trump played in the Summit discussions. Let's talk about tweets, the 2% (or 4%) debates and burden sharing. Let's talk about how our respective views from Washington and Brussels on security and defence issues have changed in the last few months, and how those changes affect the relationship between Washington and Brussels now and in the future. Finally, in light of the U.S. mid-term elections coming up in November, let's talk about what President Trump's possible re-election means for the U.S. and for us.

We look forward to sharing our ideas and hearing your views on the Trump Administration's approach to Brussels and transatlantic security relations!

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 06:00 PM

It's Not Just Rocket Science: Careers in Space Policy

Often, when people think of space, their minds go directly to NASA, rocket science, and space exploration.  While those are important aspects of U.S. space policy, they are not the only ones. There are a whole host of regulatory, legal, diplomatic, security, and political issues which shape space policy and require people with a wide variety of backgrounds to meet the challenges that they raise. 

The Secure World Foundation is delighted to co-host, with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), an evening reception that will bring speakers from military, policy, development, and legal backgrounds to discuss their roles and careers in space policy. Please note that all speakers will be participating in their personal capacity only and not speaking for their organizations. 


  • Sandra Erwin, Military Space Staff Writer, SpaceNews
  • Sara Langston, CEO & Principle Consultant, Senmurv Consulting
  • Sarah Mineiro, Staff Lead, Strategic Forces, House Armed Services Committee
  • Audrey Schaffer, Director, Space Strategy and Plans, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Krystal Wilson, Director of Space Applications Programs, Secure World Foundation


  • Moderator: Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation


When: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Where: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Event: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Embassy of Chile in Washington, DC

An Evening at the Embassy of Chile


YPFP invites you to a members-only event at the Embassy of Chile.


When: Wednesday, August 28, 2018

Where: Embassy of Chile

1732 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036


Check-in: 6:00 - 6:30pm

Discussion: 6:30 - 7:30pm

Post-Discussion Mingle: 7:30 - 8:00pm

Monday, September 10, 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.

Please note: If you are looking for our upcoming event "Ambassador Series: Kingdom of the Netherlands" on 16 July, please click here.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM · 3 rsvps

YPFP visit to Brussels

YPFP London is pleased to invite you to Brussels this autumn. This will be a two-day visit, subsidised by YPFP.

Join us for a tour of the European Union institutions with Seb Dance MEP and a chance to network with young professionals from YPFP Brussels.

Please send your full name and place of work to gurjinder.dhaliwal@ypfp.org if you are interested in attending.

Places are limited and you must be a YPFP London member to attend. Apply for membership here.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC

11th Annual Affairs of State Gala and Fundraiser

You’re Invited


Burst your Bubble...Broaden your Mind

This year YPFP is bursting bubbles in foreign policy! Join us for a series of programs that will challenge your thinking, expand your community, and bring you to different places around town.

Stay in touch with us for announcements about service projects, dinner & dialogue events, VIP speakers/fireside chats, and of course, YPFP's annual gala and fundraiser, Affairs of State!

See below for more information about this year's gala.









11th Annual Affairs of State Gala and Fundraiser

This year YPFP will honor two emerging leaders who have significantly contributed to the foreign policy sector.

Plan for an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and good times. Black Tie attire requested.

Host Committee Co-Chairs:

Rachael Lammers, McChrystal Group

Anthony Robinson, Truman National Security Project

For sponsorship information, email sponsors@ypfp.org.

Proceeds from the event will support YPFP, the premier global organization that amplifies the voices of emerging foreign policy professionals.