YPFP NY: The NY Cal - A Round up of Foreign Policy-Related Events for April

Posted on April 1, 2014

This month, attend lectures and other events on politics in Indonesia, elections in India and digital diplomacy all over the globe. The curated list below is a heads-up on what days to mark off on your calendar. Most events below require registration or tickets, and unless otherwise noted, are evening events. Please click through the event links for full details.

If you have a suggestion for future events of interest, please email Eve Ahearn, Associate Director of Communications, at eve.ahearn@ypfp.org.



April 2, 2014: “Political Risk 101,” Organized by YPFP NY. YPFP members, free.

Munish Puri will introduce the field of political risk, the history of the industry and the impact that technological developments such as social media and big data have had on political risk analysis.


April 7, 2014: “Blinken Lecture with David Miliband: Does the World Care? Humanitarian Action in the 21st Century,” Columbia University. Free.

President of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband will discuss the current state of humanitarian aid and action. Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University, will provide the introduction.


April 7, 2014: “The Politics of Memory in Indonesia: A Conversation with Novelist Laksmi Pamuntjak,”  NYU Wagner's Office for International Programs. Free.

Laksmi Pamuntjak will discuss her 2012 novel, The Question of Red, which takes place amid the massacre of up to one million accused communists in the mid-1960s in Indonesia.


April 10, 2014: “Foreign Policy Association and Off-The-Record 2014 Elizabeth French Hitchcock Lecture with Ian Bremmer,” Foreign Policy Association, held at Museum of Modern Art. Non-members, $25. Students, $5.

This lunchtime event with former YPFP NY speaker Ian Bremmer will discuss the biggest political risks in the world today. If you missed Bremmer’s lecture to YPFP-NY members in September 2012, don’t make the same mistake twice.


April 11, 2014: “How the World Sees India’s Election,” Consulate General of India. Free, but RSVP required.

India’s general election will be held from April 7-May 12, 2014, so there is no better time to visit the Consulate General of India and hear Bobby Ghosh, Editor-in-Chief of Time International, speak about the election.


April 21, 2014 “An Evening with Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Iran-U.S. Relations: Challenges and Opportunities,” United Nations Association of New York. Non-members, $15.

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering will address the changing response of the United States towards Iran and its development of a nuclear program, drawing on Pickering’s long career in the State Department.



April 24, 2014: "Investigating Fraud and Corruption in Development," Organized by YPFP NY. YPFP members, free.

Helge Osttveiten is the Director of the Office of Audit and Investigations, which is the UN Development Programme's (UNDP's) independent and autonomous mechanism for performing internal audits and conducting investigations into allegations of wrongdoing by UNDP staff or UNDP partner organizations (including vendors and state governments).



April 28, 2014: "April Happy Hour," Organized by YPFP NY. YPFP Members and friends, free.

Join YPFP NY for a happy hour at Red Moon lounge at the Night Hotel from 6:00-9:00 p.m., with extended happy hour drink deals for YPFP NY. Join us to meet other members, talk to volunteer staff, have a drink, and make some connections!


April 29, 2014: “Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground,” Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Non-members, $25. Students, Free.

Emily Parker, digital diplomacy advisor and senior fellow at New America Foundation speaks on bloggers, technology and policy in authoritarian countries as covered in her new book Now I Know Who My Comrades Are.


April 29, 2014: “The White House: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton,” New York Historical Society. Non-members, $34.

If you’re already excited for 2016, sate your interest in presidential politics with this discussion by three journalists of the political rivalry between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the 2008 election.