Past Events

YPFP works diligently to put on fascinating events that appeal to young professionals working in foreign policy. We are thrilled to have a library of past events offered to YPFP members to view!

Ambassador Series: H.E. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba on Diplomacy During COVID-19

YPFP is delighted to share a virtual discussion with His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, about the role of diplomacy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conversation touches on the UAE's response to the crisis, including coordination with the US and multilateral partners and the Embassy's shift toward "digital diplomacy." Broadly, the discussion covers Ambassador Al Otaiba's thoughts on how digital diplomacy will influence the work of diplomats in the future, as well as his perspective on leadership in times of crisis.

Author Series: David G. Winter Discusses 'Roots of War'

In Roots of War: Wanting Power, Seeing Threat, Justifying Force, David G. Winter identifies three psychological factors that contributed to the differences in these historical outcomes: the desire for power, exaggerated perception of the opponent's threat, and justification for using military force. Several lines of research establish how these factors lead to escalation and war: comparative archival studies of "war" and "peace" crises, laboratory experiments on threat perception, and surveys of factors leading people to believe that a particular war is "just." The research findings in Roots of War also demonstrate the importance of power in preserving peace through diplomatic interventions, past and present.

Author Series: David Danelo Discusses 'The Border'

Join YPFP in hosting David J. Danelo for a discussion about his book, 'The Border: Exploring the U.S.-Mexican Divide.' Originally published in 2008, The 2019 edition has been fully revised and updated. It traverses the length of the border and a decade of shifting policy and attitudes surrounding this hotly contested area—bringing readers up to speed on current border circumstances, while reframing the national immigration dialog with an eye toward our core values.

American Leadership in the 21st Century

The U.S. has long played a role in addressing the global challenges of the day, both leading the way and through multilateral engagement. At a time when the U.S. is withdrawing from its international partnerships, what is—or should be—its role in meeting global challenges such as the increasing threat of climate change, the rise of artificial intelligence, and the perpetual wild card of potential conflict with North Korea? To answer this question, Brookings and YPFP sits down for a fireside chat with the current president of the Brookings Institution, John R. Allen, moderated by the Chair of YPFP's Board of Directors Josh Marcuse.

Author Series: Conversation with P.W. Singer "LikeWar"

P.W. Singer tackles the questions with YPFP that arose during his five years of research: What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts? In his new book "LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media", Peter W. Singer studies what social media has been doing to politics, news, and war around the world, drawing upon everything from historic cases to the latest in AI and machine intelligence.

Bridging the Partisan Divide: Challenges and Opportunites for Future Leaders

Together with Shawn Turner from CNN, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) will discuss his transition from military service to elected office, and the unique position veterans are in to help mend the partisan divide, as well as sharing insights and observations about current challenges and opportunities in the U.S. defense and foreign policy space and conclude with advice for YPFP's rising leaders.

Civilian Warriors: Private Security Companies and the Future of Conflict

Jacqueline Sutherland, a YPFP Terrorism & Asymmetric Warfare Fellow, sits down with Dr. Sean McFate and Erik Prince to discuss Private Security Companies in modern warfare.

Zimbabwe after Mugabe

After a coup that the military insisted was not a coup, and a resignation speech that was not explicitly a resignation, Zimbabwe had a deeply consequential end to 2017.

Join panelists Mooya Nyaundi, Alexander Noyes, and Belinda O'Donnell to reflect how Zimbabwe got to this moment, and what to consider as the country's political space goes through a moment of rapid change.

The Art of the Iran Deal

With tensions on the Korean peninsula overshadowing much of U.S. security policy, the Iran deal and the importance of shaping policy towards aspirational nuclear powers must not be forgotten. Watch as YPFP engages JCPOA, its merits and flaws, and the current administrations approach to Iran's nuclear program.

The Emni and ISIS' Global Exportation of Terror

Despite the essential collapse of ISIS’s caliphate, its external operations branch the Emni allows it the opportunity to export terror to Europe. Join YPFP’s Terrorism & Asymmetric Warfare Fellow Jacqueline Sutherland for an in-depth discussion.

Empowering Leaders in the Middle East

Join YPFP for a discussion on the challenges the next generation of leaders in the Middle East will face. Featuring Christopher Meserole, Fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

Populism and the Future of Unity

Why are young people across Europe favoring anti-establishment political parties? Alina Polyakova and Giovanni Faleg join YPFP to discuss populism, foreign policy, and the future of Europe! Join us for the next event in our NextGen series as we look at the rise of populism in Europe and we ask if NextGen experts if they think it's a threat to European unity.

Combating Terrorism Working Group: Al Qa'ida's Eclipse of ISIL

YPFP goes live with our Combating Terrorism Working Group as Fatima Bhojani interviews Ryan Young on our recent policy brief on Al Qa'ida's Eclipse of ISIL.