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Discussion Groups

YPFP's Discussion Groups are peer-led communities within YPFP that offer selected members an opportunity to connect with other young professionals who share a depth of experience in a particular region or subject. Each Discussion Group (DG) serves as a focal point within YPFP to promote thoughtful engagement through monthly private meetings and occasional public activities. Members present original research for internal critique, host guest speakers, analyze current events, and host dinners at each others’ homes. Equal parts academic symposium and coffee shop debate, members set the agenda, drive the conversation, and address the issues that matter to them most.

Interested in joining? Apply for a Discussion Group here.

For information on membership and general DG questions, please contact Natalie Fuchs, Director. If you have an idea for a discussion group that is not listed below, we would love to hear from you!

*At this time Discussion Groups are offered only in Washington, DC.*


Africa

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Drew Beck & Belinda O'Donnell

The YPFP Africa Discussion Group brings together a diverse group of young professionals who work on Africa-related issues or have a strong interest in the region. The group provides a platform for members to go beyond the headlines and connect with the issues that matter most. Our speaker events provide an opportunity to learn from and engage with speakers who are working to provide insight on new and ongoing political, economic, and security trends in African states, and shaping current U.S. and international policy in the region. 

Key Areas of Focus: 

Upcoming Elections in 2016
Trade and Investment
Conflict & Security Challenges
Press Freedom and Civic Space
U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa

Membership Criteria: 

The discussion group is only open to YPFP members. Due to high-demand and limited space, the Africa Discussion Group requires an application for membership. Ideal candidates will present a current or prior academic or professional background on Africa-related issues or an otherwise demonstrated interest in the continent. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong commitment to being an active member of the group and willingness to attend monthly meetings, to collaborate with group members on blogs or newsletters if the group decides, or other activities as necessary. Failure to attend three consecutive monthly meetings will lead to termination of Discussion Group membership.


Arabic Language

To apply, please visit our Discussion Groups homepage and click "Apply for a Discussion Group here."

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Jenna Consigli & Matt Schubert 

The Arabic Language Discussion group explores various topics and trends related to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Arabic. The aim is to offer fellow Arabic speakers the opportunity to maintain and improve their Arabic Language skills through regular meetings. Group topics revolve around developments in the region such as the ongoing Syria conflict, the crisis in Yemen, and the Iranian nuclear deal as well as exploring topics such as Arab literature and poetry and regional economic development.

Cultural events

 Occasionally watch Arab films and attend events in D.C., these are optional and separate from the regular meetings

Membership Criteria 

  • Demonstrated proficiency speaking, listening, and reading the Arabic language (Intermediate- Advanced levels) 
  • Ability to communicate comfortably in the language (all dialects accepted)
  • Successful completion of the Arabic language test
  • Experience living or working in the region (can be substituted for extensive Arabic language study)
  • Commitment to attending meetings on a regular basis
  • Ability to discuss sensitive topics in a civil manner
  • Willingness to engage in group discussions with participants of varying levels

Combating Terrorism

Discussion Group Chair: Ryan Young

The Combating Terrorism Discussion Group will explore methods that the United States and our allies can use to effectively respond to and proactively prepare for emerging and evolving terrorist threats. The group will analyze cross-disciplinary approaches that can be leveraged to combat terrorism holistically and will consider a range of topics. 

Sample Topics:

In addition to assessing current events that directly and indirectly relate to our counterterrorism efforts and national security, this group will likely address:

  • Pivot factors within the root causes of terrorism
  • The relationship between counterterrorism, privacy, and civil liberties 
  • The assessed contributions or failures of existing counterterrorism efforts in various regions 
  • The use of advanced technology (specifically Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to track and eliminate terrorist threats

This group aims to be solutions-focused and forward thinking in its discussions, so group members are expected to keep up with current events.  

Membership Criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in counterterrorism strategies and policies
  • Professional or academic experience in the field of national security, counterterrorism, or related fields
  • Basic understanding of the most pressing terrorist threats
  • Commitment to attending monthly meetings on a regular basis
  • Willingness to keep up with current events related to national security and terrorist threats
  • Firm understanding that candid and valuable discussions require respect for different viewpoints and perspectives 
  • A positive attitude

Cybersecurity Policy & Technology

Discussion Group Chair: Ben Schechter

As more information and human activities are integrated into the digital world, the security of cyberspace is becoming more and more critical – for the country’s national security, innovation, and privacy. Recent developments in this field have catapulted cybersecurity into the spotlight of media and national security policy discussion. Despite growing attention, cybersecurity still remains a nascent policy area where much work needs to be done.

YPFP’s Cybersecurity Policy & Technology Discussion Group is a valuable professional, intellectual, and personal resource for those interested in cybersecurity. The group will address a host of dynamic security issues in the cyber domain: cyber offense/defense, internet governance, privacy and civil liberties, international cooperation, legislative efforts, and grand cyber strategy. Group members are invited to share their individual expertise and knowledge, and are strongly encouraged to keep up with current events. The group strives to bring together a diverse group of young professionals from across public and private sectors with various levels of experiences related to cybersecurity.

Membership Criteria:

  • Current or prior professional or educational background in cybersecurity
  • Demonstrated interest in the topic and firm grasp of current events in the field
  • Ability to participate in virtual activity between meetings (a group discussion board or email conversations)
  • Committed to attending monthly meetings and being an active member
  • A positive attitude, sense of humor, and desire to get to know other members

Defense

Discussion Group Chair: Daniel Katz

The Defense Discussion Group’s topics run the gamut of the national security field. Specific sessions will likely touch on regional security, the defense budget, military personnel issues, military history, defense technology, the future of warfare, counterinsurgency, and other subjects with relevance to the discipline. 

Membership Criteria:

  • Current academic or professional involvement in the defense field.
  • Existing background in the field is desirable.
  • Interest in and knowledge of a variety of security sub-topics.
  • Willingness to attend monthly meetings.
  • Applicants are considered based on qualifications with additional regard given to our diversity of perspectives and relevant professions.

East Asia

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Robert Thomas

The East Asia discussion group will focus on a variety of political, economic, military, and social trends that are shaping East Asia from the Kamchatka to the Malay peninsulas. We hope to share and discuss current events with an eye toward policy relevance and what's next. Initial topics will include China's impact in international relations, the evolving role of ASEAN, Japan's normalization, and the US role in the region.

Sample Topics:

  • Trends & Change in East Asian Domestic Politics
  • Congressional Politics on East Asia
  • Challenges in East Asia for the Next Administration
  • How the US Can Meet the Challenges in East Asia
  • East Asia in Washington

Membership Criteria:

  • An active interest in Asian Politics, from Northeast Asia extending to India/Pakistan
  • Academic, volunteer, or professional background tangentially related to Asia
  • Dedicated to being an active member of the group
  • Willing to take on periodic leadership responsibilities. We have a rotating steering committee.
  • A sense of humor
  • We don't care if you are in a policy shop, a gubbie, or in private industry, we are actively seeking members from all sectors

Suggested Reading:

Economy, Elizabeth. The River Runs Black. Cornell University Press, 2005.
Shambaugh, David. China's Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation. University of California, 2008.
Tellis, Ashley J. and Wills, Michael. Strategic Asia 2006-07: Trade, Interdependence, and Security. National Bureau of Asian Research, 2006. 
Suettinger, Robert. Beyond Tiananmen: The Politics of US-China Relations 1989-2000. University of California, 2002. 
Pyle, Kenneth. Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power & Purpose. Public Affairs, 2008.
Samuels, Richard. Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia. Cornell University Press, 2008. 
Weatherbee, Donald. International Relations in Southeast Asia: The Struggle for Autonomy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005.


Energy & Environment

Discussion Group Chair: Kevin Soubly

The Energy and Environment Discussion Group meets monthly to discuss the most pressing, challenging, and often the most controversial issues in the environmental and energy policy spheres. Our diverse members stem from public, private, and non-profit sectors and have the opportunity to discuss and debate country or regional specific issues, as well as broader thematic issues that shape international dialogue.

Conversations are interdisciplinary, including geopolitical, economic, and security factors as well as domestic political and societal elements. We also deep-dive into specifics with renewable energy portfolios, carbon tax policies, fracking techniques, ocean acidification, nuclear safety, and biotechnology.

Solving complex issues requires a diverse skill-set, so we look for group members who represent the full spectrum of private, government, and nonprofit sectors.

Sample Topics:

  • Geopolitical Impacts of China's Environmental Policies
  • Global Food Security and Water Scarcity
  • African Agricultural Development
  • Climate Change and US National Security
  • Carbon Finance and REDD
  • Smartgrids and Energy Infrastructure
  • Natural Gas and Fracking
  • The Keystone Pipeline
  • E-waste
  • Nuclear Iran

Membership Criteria:

Required:

  • Interest in environmental security, energy policy or finance, emissions trading, clean tech, or global environmental issues
  • Commitment to being an active and regular contributor to the group - we meet monthly with other ad-hoc events interspersed
  • A positive attitude and desire to meet other great people who work with in the field
  • Critical thinking skills and a willingness to actively contribute respectful and thoughtful comments to discussions and debates

Desirable:

  • Specific background in environmental security, energy policy or finance, emissions trading, clean tech, or global environmental issues
  • Willingness to take on additional responsibilities such as planning discussions and events, writing blog posts, and contributing to occasional group publications

 


Europe & Eurasia

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Rebecca Howard & Jon Meza

The aim of the Europe & Eurasia Discussion Group is to stimulate a robust and substantial dialogue among DG members on a topic of particular importance to YPFP. The group will discuss and analyze the important transatlantic issues of the day and seek solutions to long-term strategic challenges posed to the transatlantic relationship. Group members will be encouraged to contribute not only through their personal work and experiences but also through social media, blog posts, op-eds, and related projects, as applicable. The long-term goal for the group is ultimately to become a “known commodity” within the transatlantic community in Washington, DC and Brussels.

Discussion Topics

The Europe & Eurasia Discussion Group will focus on those issues at the heart of European and transatlantic affairs, including but not limited to, NATO, transatlantic trade and economic policy, institutions of the European Union, the Economic and Monetary Union, the future of the Euro, European Security and Defense policy, and EU-Eurasia relations. Of additional interest to this group will be the future of the European Union and its relations with its immediate neighbors, especially Russia, Turkey, and the FSU states. As the most integrated and important bilateral relationship in the world, a key component of EU – U.S. relations will be to address common areas of concern vis a vis third-countries, such as China, India, Brazil, and Turkey. This theme will be examined especially as the U.S. Administration continues its so-called Pivot towards Asia.

Membership Criteria

Europe & Eurasia Discussion Group members should currently be working and/or studying within the aforementioned topics. All members should contribute in a meaningful fashion, not only by attending as many meetings as possible but also by remaining active and engaged through discussion, questions, suggested topics and guest speakers, format, and improvements to the DG.


French Language

To apply, please visit our Discussion Groups homepage and click "Apply for a Discussion Group here."

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Suzie Zimmerman & Drew Beck

The French Language Discussion group explores various topics and trends related to current in French. The aim is to offer fellow French speakers the opportunity to maintain and improve their French language skills through regular discussion meetings. Discussion topics are not limited to any particular thematic area but will focus on permitting members to expand their French language competency in a wide variety of subject matter areas (politics, culture, international development, etc.).  Members will be encouraged to propose discussion topics, and discussions may be based off of written or music/video material which will be provided to the group participants.

Cultural events

The group will, from time to time, organize meetings around various French Embassy, Alliance Français, Fête de la Francophonie, and African and European Film Festival events.

Membership Criteria 

  • Demonstrated proficiency speaking, listening, and reading the French language (Intermediate- Advanced levels) 
  • Ability to communicate comfortably in the language
  • Experience living or working in the region (can be substituted for extensive French language study)
  • Commitment to attending meetings on a regular basis
  • Willingness to engage in group discussions with participants of varying levels

Gender in Foreign Policy

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Jessie Durrett

Women play a crucial role in economic development, human rights, and political movements. As political and social revolutions have been unfolding in rapid succession, now is the best time to grasp an understanding of these roles and the challenges that women face. The aim of the Gender in Foreign Policy discussion group is to enrich the knowledge base of YPFP members with an interest and passion for women’s rights and gender issues. The group meets once a month to discuss the role and status of women in the context of foreign policy, history, and current global events.

Sample Topics:

  • Women in armed conflicts, genocides, ethnic cleansing, and mass atrocities
  • Women and state-building
  • Education for girls
  • Women’s political participation & empowerment
  • Women in the economy and workforce
  • Gender-based violence
  • Sex trafficking
  • Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
  • Child marriage
  • LGBT rights

Membership Criteria:

  • An interest in women’s human rights and gender issues. No background or prior knowledge is required—just a thirst for knowledge and an opened mind.
  • Be prepared to talk and voice your opinions, no matter how provocative they might be as long as they are expressed in a respectful manner.
  • We are looking for a diverse group that represents the private, government, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Committed to being an active and regular contributor to the group. The group meets once a month.
  • Willing to take on additional responsibilities such as helping to plan discussions, and events, and procuring guest speakers.
  • A positive attitude, sense of humor, and desire to meet others who are interested in promoting gender equality.

 


Grand Strategy

Discussion Group Chair: Michael Tint

The U.S. Grand Strategy Discussion Group is a roundtable meeting of professionals interested in the big picture and long view of U.S. strategic thought. Drawing on theories of international relations, participants will explore and debate prevailing traditions and values of American strategy. Topics include long-term American security goals, the strategies that purport to achieve them, and the foreign policies that result. Guest speakers will include prominent thinkers in U.S. strategy and policy makers responsible for translating grand concepts into practical decisions.

Sample Topics:

  • "U.S. Grand Strategy and International Crime"
  • "Budget Priorities of U.S. Grand Strategy"
  • "Public Perceptions of U.S. Grand Strategy"
  • "A U.S. Strategic Narrative"
  • "U.S. Energy Strategy"
  • "How Does Grand Strategy Drive Our Approach to Current Events in Libya and the Middle East?"
  • "U.S. Grand Strategy to Global Economic Integration in the Age of Austerity"
  • "U.S. Grand Strategy and Civil Unrest (Foreign and Domestic)"

Membership Criteria:

  • The Grand Strategy discussion group's members come from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. Members don't have to work in grand strategy professionally or have specific academic experience in grand strategy.
  • Any good strategy needs different viewpoints, and the Grand Strategy discussion group seeks diverse experiences and sectors represented in the group.
  • Potential members need to demonstrate professional or academic interest in international issues, a willingness to listen to other perspectives, and a sense of humor.  

Human Rights

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Henrietta Levin & Theresa Forbes

The Human Rights DG seeks to provide a forum for discussing and analyzing human rights challenges in the developed and developing world, with the purpose of better understanding these abuses and generating innovative strategies to overcome them. We will focus on conflict rights, multilateral options, global social norms, and human rights advocacy strategies, while building on group discussions through blog posts, op-eds, and policy documents.

Discussion Topics
The Human Rights DG will discuss threats to social, political, and civil rights around the world, including issues that are still unfolding, such as the denigration of human rights in Iraq and Syria and Beijing's crackdown on assembly rights in Hong Kong, as well as chronic problems such as LGBT issues in Africa and European abuses against immigrants. While specific discussion topics will be tailored to members' interests and expertise, below are several broad themes that will be tackled by the Human Rights DG:
 
  • Crimes against humanity
  • Use of torture and indefinite detention
  • Use of the death penalty
  • Indigenous, migrant and refugee rights
  • Multilateral approaches to human rights solutions
  • Corporate governance of human rights in the developing world
  • Gender rights
  • Religious and cultural rights
  • Divergent cultural interpretations of human rights
  • The role of human rights in economic and political negotiations
Membership Criteria
Human Rights DG members should be working or studying within the aforementioned topics, or else have a demonstratable interest in the field of human rights. Members should be prepared to contribute to group discussions and projects in a meaningful fashion. Attendance at a minimum of 8 of every 12 meetings is required, while group members are encouraged to contribute to Human Rights DG blog posts, policy documents, and op-eds. All DG members must be YPFP members, but non-members are free to test out a discussion prior to applying for membership.

Information Acquisition and Analysis

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Kevin Truitte & Lucy Strange

 

The YPFP Information Acquisition and Analysis Discussion Group provides an open forum for the discussion of the collection, reading, and analysis of information, and how this product fits into the broader vision of foreign policy. The discussion group will examine these topics through both historical and current events, methods, and policies. It will also seek to broaden members’ knowledge on a variety of related topics.

Membership Criteria:

  • Individuals need not have an academic or professional background, but must have a strong interest in the topic.
  • An open mind and a desire to learn more. Diverse viewpoints and ideas encouraged!
  • Must come prepared to participate in a group discussion.
  • Due to the sensitivity of topics we ask that individuals maintain a level of discretion and confidentiality on the topics discussed.
  • Willingness to attend meetings once a month.

 


International Development

Discussion Group Chair: Erasmo Sanchez

International Development brings many disciplines and actors together in the resolution of complex global challenges. A development practitioner cannot, for instance, execute a plan for waste-water management in India without at once being familiar with urban planning, local custom, and legal procedure. At the same time, larger institutions implementing development agendas, from individual countries to multilateral entities must coordinate their efforts across borders, financial institutions, and stakeholders.

Within this complex system of actors, scales, and goals, the International Development Discussion Group seeks to build a deeper understanding of the field for the purpose of fostering sustainable, positive changes in the lives of people around the world. This will be accomplished through the examination of diverse topics and through conversations with industry leaders, practitioners, and experts. 

In fostering constructive dialogue among future International Development leaders, this discussion group complements YPFP’s overarching mission. If you seek to share knowledge with your peers by engaging in critical discourse, for the  purpose of increasing the general--global--welfare, we welcome you to apply.

Sample Topics:

  • Gender and International development
  • Differences in field implementation and development project planning
  • Bottom-of-the-pyramid economics
  • Micro______(finance, loans, et cetera)
  • The role of China in International development
  • International development as foreign policy
  • Mobile technology and ICT in International Development
  • Various regional topics (Western aid in Africa, Structural adjustment in Latin America & the “Lost Decade,” etc.)
  • Further topics to be determined based on member interests and expertise!

Membership Criteria:

  • Non-member guests are welcome to participate in the group with advance notice, and provided there is enough space to accommodate them
  • Willingness to commit to at least 8 out of 12 monthly meetings
  • Critical thinker, willing to actively contribute thoughtful arguments to discussions and debates
  • Able to demonstrate a relationship between professional/personal interests in international development (but educational background and professional expertise in the topic is not required)
  • Dues-paying membership with YPFP

International Trade & Finance

Discussion Group Chair: Jennifer Rice

 

As the world economy increases in its complexity, it is more important than ever to understand the myriad of factors that are shaping economic ties between countries. The Trade and Finance Discussion Group will host productive discussions about a variety of topics and current events related to international economics and international business. The aim of this discussion group is to foster a community of young professionals with interest and experience in international economics, along with providing members opportunities to learn from each other and enhance their understanding of current issues. Discussion topics will largely be driven by the interest of members.

Sample Topics:

  • Is the World Trade Organization losing its relevance?
  • Dynamics of U.S-China economic relations
  • The role of trade policy and trade facilitation in developing economies
  • The future of the Euro Zone
  • Doing business with emerging markets

Membership Criteria:

  • An interest in international trade, finance, or business
  • Academic and/or professional experience in international economics
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in international economics
  • Commitment to attend the DG’s discussions, speaker events, and social activities

Latin America

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Ria Bailey-Galvis & Andres Martinez-Fernandez

The Latin America discussion group covers the many political, economic, and cultural issues that are shaping the region. The members have the opportunity to discuss country specific topics as well as subjects pertaining to regional integration and the U.S.-Latin America relationship. Member input, interests, and expertise will largely shape the discussion areas.


Middle East

Discussion Group Chair: Scott Weiner

The YPFP Middle East Discussion Group focuses on political, security, sociological, and cultural trends in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa as well as the United States' relationship with and role in the region.  

Membership Criteria:

  • Close professional or academic contact with the region.
  • Experience living or working in the region. 
  • A basic grasp of the history of the region.
  • Ability to engage in a civil manner with those holding drastically opposed viewpoints to one's own.

Nuclear Weapons

Discussion Group Co-Chairs: Mitch Armbruster & Harrison Menke

In an increasingly competitive international security environment, the perceived utility of nuclear weapons is becoming more salient. However, the United States has paid relatively little attention to nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War. This mismatch creates a dangerous gap for U.S. policymakers. This groups seeks to explore those challenges, bringing together individuals interested in nuclear policy and strategy.

Participants have the opportunity to discuss a wide set of contemporary issues ranging from the role of U.S. nuclear forces and arms control to the strategies and doctrines of other nuclear-armed states. Group discussions, guest speakers, and events such as table top exercises allow participants learn more about an under-studied aspect of U.S. security policy.

Sample Topics

  • Arms control and deterrence
  • The role of nuclear weapons in U.S. foreign policy
  • Potential adversary nuclear doctrine and strategy
  • Extended nuclear deterrence
  • Nuclear modernization

Membership Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in nuclear weapons policy (broadly speaking)
  • Professional or academic experience in U.S. nuclear weapons policy, national security, foreign policy, or related fields
  • Commitment to attend monthly meetings on a regular basis
  • Willingness to stay informed and keep up with current nuclear weapons issues
  • Respect for different viewpoints and a willingness to learn from others

Russian Language

To apply, please visit our Discussion Groups homepage and click "Apply for a Discussion Group here."

Discussion Group Chair: Tatiana Nikiforova

Welcome to the Russian Language Discussion Group! The Group is geared towards upper-intermediate and advanced Russian speakers who seek to maintain and enhance their Russian language skills. The discussions cover a broad arrange of political, social, economic, and cultural issues in Russia and the region and explore Russian media’s perspective on the world events. The Group will also try to delve into various episodes of Russia’s history and see how historical events inform current political decisions and attitudes of Russian leaders and general population. The members are encouraged to suggest other topics that might be of interest to the Group. Discussions will typically be based on articles/TV programs/podcasts and other materials that will be shared with the Group prior to each meeting.

Cultural Events

The Group will participate in Russia-related cultural events in DC (e.g., film screenings and concerts at the Embassy of Russian Federation).

Membership Criteria

  • Demonstrated proficiency speaking and reading in Russian (intermediate / advanced level)
  • Ability to communicate comfortably in Russian
  • Experience living in the region or extensive academic background in the Russian language
  • Ability to discuss sensitive topics and keep an open mind during discussions with participants holding opposing opinions
  • Regular attendance of group meetings and active participation in discussions 

South Asia

Discussion Group Chair: Alex Johnson

The South Asia Discussion Group focuses on political, economic and military trends in the in the countries of the region, (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka) as well as American policies and interests in South Asia.

Sample Topics:

  • The rise of India and its relations with its neighbors
  • U.S. Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Policy in Pakistan
  • Progress in the War in Afghanistan
  • Prospects for South Asian Regional Cooperation

Membership Criteria:

  • General interest and experience in South Asia politics, economics, defense/security issues;
  • Work in a foreign policy-related post concerned with South Asia, or graduate student with a South Asia-related focus;
  • Commitment of making one DG meeting per month, ours are often held the last Thursday or Friday at noon in the Dupont area


Spanish Language

To apply, please visit our Discussion Groups homepage and click "Apply for a Discussion Group here."

Discussion Group Chair: Andrea Rodriguez-Panagiotopoulos

The Spanish Language Discussion Group is meant to explore a wide range of topics pertaining to the Americas, as well as make analytical comparisons on how international phenomena develop in other regions. The group will seek to talk about current issues (e.g Peace process in Colombia, implications of the Zika virus in the Americas, what international organizations can do better and how key stakeholders can improve communication flow, cooperation and partnerships in order to tackle common issues, etc.)

Academic & Cultural Events

Occasional talks, topical discussions and workshops in Spanish, as well as cultural event invitations (such as theater plays or concerts) will be facilitated to members. Some informal meetings with experienced speakers on specific areas will also be arranged, providing the opportunity to exchange views and ask questions in Spanish.

Membership Criteria

  • Ability to communicate (both orally and in writing, reading and listening) comfortably in Spanish
  • Some experience or familiarity with the Latin American region
  • Commitment to attend at least two meetings a month
  • Willingness to engage in group discussions with participants of varying levels