YPFP Events

YPFP Brussels: Tools of the Trade - Policy Strategy Development

July 10, 2013 07:00 pm


IFRI - the French Institute of International Relations
Rue Marie-Thérèse, 21
1000 Brussels

What: Tools of the Trade - “Building a Policy Strategy – Critical Elements”
Where: IFRI, the French Institute of International Relations, Rue Marie-Thérèse, 21
When: Wednesday 10 July, 19:00-20:30
Who: Paying YPFP members


Graduate students at U.S. universities, such as the military’s National War College, spend a year learning how to develop national policy strategies. In this hands-on seminar we will hit the highlights all at once, and work to apply the basic principles to a major current issue. The program is more about the process of building a strategy – identifying the overarching strategic environment, the national interests, the ends/objectives, the assumptions, the domestic and international contexts, the threats, opportunities and risks, and the instruments of power/resources that can be applied to an issue. We will consider these elements, and work in smaller groups to apply the process to a current headline issue.

This workshop may be particularly interesting if you work on policy development or have some previous experience with strategy development and/or implementation.

JoAnne Wagner is the Counselor for Political Affairs at the United States Mission to the European Union. She has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bujumbura, Burundi, Deputy Counselor for Political-Military Affairs in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Deputy Director for Pakistan, in Washington, D.C. She has also served in Krakow, Poland; London and Belfast; and the United States Mission to NATO. Additionally, Ms. Wagner has trained hundreds of diplomats entering the U.S. Foreign Service. A practicing attorney before joining the Department of State, in addition to her Juris Doctor she holds a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College of the National Defence University.

The Tools of the Trade series is designed to impart tangible knowledge and practical skills, through interactive workshops and seminars with people who are leaders in their field, to ensure you get the best out of your membership.

A computer will randomly choose the participants from the paid members who have registered. A confirmation email will be sent out to each successful recipient and a waiting list will be created for the rest.

Out of respect towards our speakers we ask you to attend the full session of the workshop. If you have other commitments that evening and plan to leave the event earlier, we ask you kindly to sign up for another workshop, where you are able to commit for the complete session.

NB: To offer a fair chance to other members wishing to participate in this series, the 25 participants of this Tools of the Trade event will be ineligible for our next event in the series. While we can never guarantee everyone a place, please make sure that you are applying for a workshop you wish to attend.

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