Washington Events

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 06:30 PM
International Student House in Washington, DC

Assessing the Future of the Trade-Development Nexus

In September 2016, the World Trade Organization downgraded its forecast for trade growth in 2016 from 2.8 to 1.7 percent, which represents the slowest pace of trade growth since the financial crisis of 2009. At the same time, growing anti-trade rhetoric has increased uncertainty about future trading arrangements. In this context, the necessity of a more inclusive trading system that goes further to support developing countries, as well as entrepreneurs, small companies, and marginalized groups in all economies has become clear.

YPFP is delighted to be hosting Enoh Ebong, Acting Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, for a conversation about the interplay between U.S. economic growth, international trade, and development. 


Enoh Ebong serves as Acting Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which helps U.S. businesses create jobs through the export of their goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. 

Prior to joining USTDA, Ms. Ebong practiced law at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in the area of business and finance. 

Ms. Ebong received her undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh, her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 08:30 AM
Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC

Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Clean-Up

Interested in kicking the year off with some community service related to foreign policy?

The Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Clean-Up is happening this year on Saturday, January 28 from 8:30am. Volunteers are asked to remain available through noon. This is not a YPFP-organized event and you do not need to RSVP to attend, however we wanted to make our membership aware of this wonderful opportunity. 

Further information about the event can be found here



Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 06:30 PM
International Student House in Washington, DC

The Role of the United States in International Justice and the Rule of Law

YPFP is excited to host Ambassador Clint Williamson, Senior Director for Law and National Security at The McCain Institute, to discuss his perspectives on international justice and the importance of the rule of law.


Ambassador Clint Williamson is the Senior Director for Law and National Security at The McCain Institute and a Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University. He served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues from June 2006 to September 2009. Prior to this appointment, he served as Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development and as Director for Stability Operations at the National Security Council between January 2003 and June 2006.

Ambassador Williamson has also served in a variety of senior roles with the United Nations and the European Union. Most recently, from October 2011 to August 2014, he served as the Chief Prosecutor of the EU Special Investigative Task Force in Brussels. From 2009 to 2011, Ambassador Williamson was a Special Expert to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In earlier postings, he worked in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations as Director of the Department of Justice in the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and as a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). At the outset of his professional career, Ambassador Williamson served as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division and as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and a law degree from Tulane University.

For more information on The McCain Institute, check out their website here.


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Wednesday, February 08, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Washington, DC in Washington, DC

President Trump's East Asian Foreign Policy Options

The 2016 presidential election season featured much debate on US foreign and economic policy towards East Asia, including alliance burden sharing, free trade agreements and tariffs, the South China Sea, and the One China policy.  

CSIS's Dr. Zack Cooper will discuss President Trump's policy options towards East Asia. What will be some important things to look for in an early Trump administration and can we expect significant changes to US security or economic policy towards this important region? 


Zack Cooper is a fellow with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Cooper focuses on Asian security issues and has coauthored or coedited numerous studies, including Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships (CSIS, 2016);The ANZUS Alliance in an Ascending Asia (Australian National University, 2015); Federated Defense in Asia (CSIS, 2014); Assessing the Asia-Pacific Rebalance (CSIS, 2014); and Strategic Japan: New Approaches to Foreign Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (CSIS, 2014). His research has also appeared in Security Studies, the Washington Quarterly, the National Interest, and International Security, and he works closely with the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.

Prior to joining CSIS, Dr. Cooper worked as a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He previously served on the White House staff as assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism. He also worked as a civil servant in the Pentagon, first as a foreign affairs specialist and then as a special assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy. He received a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.P.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Tides of Fortune: The Rise and Decline of Great Militaries,” explains how changing perceptions of relative power alter national defense policies.