Washington Events

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 06:30 PM
Impact Hub DC in Washington, DC

Film Screening: When Elephants Fight

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Impact Hub DC are proud to present a screening of When Elephants Fight with #StandWithCongo.

About the film

When Elephants Fight  is an award-winning documentary film that spotlights how the complicity of multinational corporations and corrupt politicians threatens human rights globally and perpetuates the deadliest conflict since World War II in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Narrated and Executive Produced by Actor and Activist Robin Wright, this film guides the viewer through a history of exploitation of central Africa’s resources and the struggle for peace and dignity. The film explores what Joseph Conrad called the Heart of Darkness, illustrating the brutality of foreign and domestic spoilers in their quests for power and wealth amidst regional instability sparked by colonialism and entrenched since the Rwandan Genocide.


When Elephants Fight shares an unprecedented glimpse into the central African minerals trade worth trillions in USD. Viewers witness the illicit trafficking of minerals that feeds the global thirst for mobile devices and military technology. The film illustrates the billion-dollar mining concession deals bankrupting the Congolese state and undercutting the people of desperately-needed revenue for reforms in security, education, and health. Recent revelations from the Panama Papers demonstrate that shady business benefitting corporate and political elite is not limited to Congo Congo has lost 5.4 million people as a result of conflict since the late 1990s. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of unspeakable atrocities including mass killings and brutal sexual violence. When Elephants Fight highlights Congolese perseverance in the face of inhumanity by peace leaders and everyday individuals frustrated with the unstable status quo while struggling to provide for their families.

When Elephants Fight holds all accountable in our often unwitting role in the exploitation of those involved in sourcing and manufacturing.

About Stand With Congo

Stand With Congo is a campaign that organizes activist communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States, Canada, and Europe to lead the push for transparency in the extractive industries to ensure all such dealings in Congo meet international standards.




Friday, October 28, 2016 at 02:00 PM
Gallup HQ in Washington, DC

What the Whole World is Thinking

On Friday afternoon, the team at Gallup World Poll will be sharing the analysis tools they use to figure out what the world is thinking.

In every corner of the Earth, the Gallup World Poll tracks the opinions that matter most. Using data available nowhere else, Gallup can analyze over 100 crucial world issues affecting people's lives -- issues such as the global economic meltdown, the Arab Spring, the earthquake in Haiti, good jobs and bad jobs worldwide, confidence in institutions, and societal instability. Join this special program at Gallup HQ as their team shares about their excellent work on the World Poll and how you can utilize their work and this tool.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at 06:30 PM
The Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC

Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan

More than a dozen years ago, the United States invaded Afghanistan. The country's modern history is characterized by chronic instability and conflict. Since taking a more forward-leaning position in Afghanistan, the United States has become deeply invested in stabilizing the country and supporting rule of law under a democratic government that respects human rights.

Join YPFP for a discussion with Mike Walz, a man who understands that these words underpin U.S. foreign policy in more ways than one.

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Grappling with centuries-old feuds, defeating a shrewd insurgency, and navigating the sometimes paralyzing bureaucracy of the U.S. military are issues that prompt sleepless nights for both policy makers in Washington and soldiers at war, albeit for different reasons. Few, however, have dealt with these issues in the White House situation room and on the front line. Michael G. Waltz has done just that, working as a policy advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and also serving in the mountains of Afghanistan as a Green Beret, directly implementing strategy in the field that he helped devise in Washington.

In Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan Waltz shares his unique firsthand experiences, revealing the sights, sounds, emotions, and complexities involved in the war in Afghanistan. Waltz also highlights the policy issues that have plagued the war effort throughout the past decade, from the drug trade, to civilian casualties, to a lack of resources in comparison to Iraq, to the overall coalition strategy. At the same time, he points out that stabilizing Afghanistan and the region remains crucial to national security and that a long-term commitment along the lines of South Korea or Germany is imperative if America is to remain secure.

About the speaker

A native Floridian, Mike grew up in the Jacksonville area before leaving to serve in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces. His career has taken him through multiple combat tours as a Green Beret commander, to senior policy roles in the U.S. Government, and today a successful entrepreneur of a fast-growing company. In business and the military, his commitment to country and his home state of Florida continues, where he currently serves in a Special Operations unit in the Florida National Guard.

As President of Metis Solutions, Mike leads an international company that provides strategic analysis, intelligence support, and training services to the U.S. defense and intelligence Communities. Metis has twice been named to the INC. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. He provides strategic advice to foreign governments and commercial entities, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM
TBC in Washington, DC

Call for Staff

Looking to become a better leader, hone your interpersonal skills and work with some of DC's best and brightest young professionals?

Here's your chance! Join us at our Call for Staff to learn about opportunities to volunteer on the staff of YPFP.

As an all volunteer-run international nonprofit, we have opportunities to build skills in programs, communications, business development, membership, strategy, and operations--the sky is the limit on what you can learn by joining our vibrant community of young professionals passionate about foreign affairs.

At our Call for Staff, you will have the opportunity to meet with current YPFP volunteers to learn about their work and what it means to be on YPFP staff.  We look forward to meeting you there!

Check out our current volunteer openings, here

Monday, November 14, 2016 at 07:00 PM
International Student House in Washington, DC

A Conversation with Ambassador Richard Boucher

Join the International Student House in a conversation with Ambassador Richard Boucher.

Ambassador Boucher is former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs. In 2005, he became the longest-serving Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Department of State’s history, having served as Spokesman under Secretary Albright, Secretary Powell, and Secretary Rice.

Ambassador Boucher’s early career focused on economic affairs, China and Europe. From October 1993 to June 1996 he served as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus and from 1996 to 1999 he headed the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong as the Consul General. He led US efforts as the U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) from July 1999 to April 2000.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 06:30 PM

On War and Politics: The Battlefield Inside Washington's Beltway

Inside the Washington Beltway, battles are waged with political capital instead of bullets. 

Join YPFP for a discussion with Major General Arnold Punaro, a man who knows better than most that there are often no easy solutions at the intersection of politics and policy.

After being wounded and awarded the Bronze Star for valor as a Marine infantry platoon commander in Vietnam, Arnold Punaro thought he’d left the battlefield behind. Instead, he redeployed onto the battlefield of Washington politics. For almost fifty years, he’s toiled at the intersection of the political and defense establishments, working with such luminaries as Sam Nunn, John Glenn, John McCain, Colin Powell, Robert Gates, Ash Carter, and many others. Today Democrats, Republicans, and career public officials agree on one thing: few individuals possess the military experience, governmental expertise, and personal integrity of Arnold Punaro.

Partnered with best-selling writer David Poyer, Punaro offers revelations about the most contentious issues of the past and sage advice for the future. From his military service, to his role formulating and overseeing all major defense and intelligence legislation, Punaro reveals how decisions are really made inside the Beltway, providing insights into the actions of presidents since Jimmy Carter and Secretaries of Defense back to James Schlesinger. Unsparing in his criticisms of both parties, whose partisanship is leading our country over a precipice, Punaro presents radical proposals for much-needed reform to save the country for which so many have given their lives.

About the Speaker

Arnold L. PunaroMajor General Arnold L. Punaro, USMC (Ret.), served thirty-five years in uniform, both active and reserve. He spent twenty-four years in the U.S. Senate, becoming staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Currently CEO of a small business, he was a top industry executive and continues to serve on numerous boards and commissions on national security. He is a sought-after speaker at national security and defense conferences and is frequently quoted in national trade and business publications.