New York Events

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 16 rsvps

Water Diplomacy


Join YPFP NY for a fluid discussion on water as it pertains to foreign affairs, spirituality, and the cosmos, with water diplomacy expert Dr. Gul Ozerol, Assistant Professor from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and visual artist and astrologist George H. Lewis. The discussion will take place at NYU Wagner's Gallery Space whose Spring 2017 exhibition features Lewis' "The Consciousness of Water", on display through July 28.

Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, the displayed seascapes are a meditation on the nexus between cosmos, human spirit, and bodies of water. At once alluring and menacing, Lewis' depictions of oceanic and river views explore the transformative power of water and the intrinsic reciprocity between our treatment of ecosystems and our collective consciousness.

Members may RSVP by logging into their accounts. Non-members may RSVP via Eventbrite.

George H. Lewis is an internationally acclaimed British artist, painter, photographer and speaker.

Dr. Gul Ozerol researches on the sustainable governance of water, land and energy resources. She has managed research and consultancy projects in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and acquired local experience in the Netherlands, Turkey and Palestine.

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM through June 04, 2017

YPFP-NY Trip: Bhutan

We’re organizing our first YPFP-NY led trip, which will be to Bhutan from May 26 to June 4, 2017 (TBC).

Nestled in the Himalayas between China and India, the tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan (est. 750,000 population) is one of three countries with which the U.S. does not have official diplomatic relations. Since Bhutan is peaceful, it gives us the opportunity to pioneer a diplomatic exchange on behalf of the US, which could lead to many more opportunities down the line.

As one of the youngest democracies in the world, Bhutan is also noteworthy for measuring its citizens' happiness levels instead of their economic activity, or GDP. Gross National Happiness (GNH), as it's called, implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.

Our members will have the chance to meet and forge relationships with leaders, thinkers, students, NGOs etc, over a few days in the capital city, Thimphu, discussing a range of topics from Gross National Happiness to entrepreneurship, as well as experience the country's highlights, such as trekking to the Tiger's Nest Monastery and whitewater rafting in Punakha. We plan to overlap with the first business solutions and social impact summit (May 28 - June 3), a coordinated initiative between MyBhutan, Bhutan Philanthropic Ventures, and beVOYAGEUR, an experiential travel summit that facilitates private-public partnerships.

YPFP-NY's own Programming Director, Erin Levi, is writing a travel guidebook to Bhutan and will be leading the trip alongside a local guide.

Base cost will be between $2600-2800 pp, including lodging, guide, meals and transportation in country, and the flight from Bangkok or Delhi to Paro but excluding international airfare to Delhi or Bangkok (an additional $800-1000+ RT) and optional activities like white-water rafting or biking. 

If you're interested in joining the trip, please fill out this survey. Deadline for entire trip cost is April 26, 2017.

For those who would like to crowdfund all or part of their trip cost, we will reach out to potential participants about setting up a campaign on Classy.org.

A minimum of 5 participants is required for this trip. Ideal size is 10 to 15 people.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 9 rsvps
NeueHouse in New York, NY

Workshop: Job Search Strategy and Resume Writing


What do people with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international affairs do? Where do they go? How do they get there? Please join YPFP for a workshop on developing a search strategy and writing targeted, effective resumes to find your first (or next) opportunity in international affairs.

This workshop will:

  1. Equip you with a “big picture” understanding of the opportunities, pressures, and challenges of different industry directions that you can head in and career paths that you can traverse;
  2. Empower you to apply this understanding to the creation of a search strategy and schedule, different for each individual, and informed by the latest market and recruiting knowledge;
  3. Help you craft a resume that tells your story in the strongest and most accurate way possible.

Members may RSVP by logging into their accounts.

This event will be livestreamed for members of YPFP Toronto. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 08:00 AM · 4 rsvps
Asia Society in New York, NY

Are China and the US Destined for War? (YPFP Excursion)


According to distinguished scholar and historian Graham Allison, the world is witnessing a potentially dangerous iteration of what historians call the “Thucydides Trap,” a period when a rising power like China is able to challenge the ruling global power — in this case, the U.S. Allison’s new book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?, argues that in the history of geopolitics this is the 17th instance of the “Trap,” and that most of the previous instances have resulted in war. Are a rising China and a Trump-led United States destined for conflict? What are the pathways to peace — the roads that lead these great powers away from the “Thucydides's Trap”?

Join us for a breakfast discussion with Allison and Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute, as they take up one of the most important foreign policy questions of our time.

Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this breakfast event ($25 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.


  • Graham Allison, Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School.
  • Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia. 

Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 5 rsvps
Asia Society in New York, NY

What's Next for the Iran-US Relationship? (YPFP Excursion)


On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly denounced the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — the “Iran Deal” to dismantle that country’s nuclear program — and said he would withdraw from the agreement. Just days after the inauguration, Iran conducted missile tests, drawing a warning from President Trump that Iran “was playing with fire.” Relations between the two countries have remained contentious, and the escalation and potential for conflict are causes for concern.

Join a high-level discussion on the rapid changes and high stakes in the Iran-U.S. relationship, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this event ($20 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.


  • Ambassador John Limbert, former deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
  • Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment.
  • Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
  • Nazee Moinian (moderator), Ph.D. candidate at St. Andrews University in Scotland. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM
The Ainsworth Chelsea in New York, NY

June Happy Hour with The Met Society


Join us and The Met Society for specialty cocktails at The Ainsworth in Chelsea. Drink specials available.

Our monthly happy hours are a great opportunity to learn more about YPFP NY and connect with like-minded people. You don't have to work directly in foreign policy to join us. Just come ready to drink, mingle and discuss the latest in world politics. Feel free to spread the word to friends and colleagues.

Anyone can come. Non-members may RSVP via Facebook.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 06:00 PM

New Member Orientation

New to YPFP and want to learn what it's all about?

Join staff and your fellow new members for our new membership orientation on Thursday, June 29, 6 pm - 8 pm (location TBD).

Mix and mingle with fellow foreign policy enthusiasts and young professionals and find out about opportunities with YPFP and the NYC foreign policy community this fall, refreshments will be served, we look forward to meeting you!