As competition with China intensifies, the most promising emerging leaders across sectors will be called upon to develop and execute U.S. responses, make subtle and informed judgments, and respond to various international crises. Many U.S. government agencies currently make and will continue to make critical decisions regarding China with inadequate information, training, experience, and often without the crucial network of dynamic relationships that accelerates the flow of information. 

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) has launched the U.S.-China Futures Project to develop a cohort of high-potential, emerging leaders focused on U.S-China policy. Participants were recruited through a highly selective nomination process and have established their expertise in U.S.-China relations, geopolitics, and strategy. Participants represent government agencies, businesses, academia, think tanks, and civil society organizations and are expected to become critical decision-makers in the next 5-10 years.   

The cohort has been organized into seven distinct working groups, each centered around a thematic policy track. Each working group will work together over the next seven months to produce a deliverable to espouse innovative solutions to critical questions. Deliverables will outline the working groups’ policy and strategy recommendations for the next decade of U.S.-China relations.

Thematic Working Groups are as follows: 

  1. American Rejuvenation
  2. Biotechnology and Global Health
  3. Economic Interdependence and Supply Chain Complexities 
  4. Geopolitical Competition and International Institutions
  5. Military-Civil Fusion and Defense Competition
  6. Next-Generation Communications
  7. Technology Governance

About Schmidt Futures

Schmidt Futures

Funding for this program has been generously provided by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, that finds exceptional people and helps them do more for others together. Schmidt Futures knit talent into networks, bet on the most promising ideas through diverse forms of competition and support, and equip people to scale through partners and modern tools. To realize this vision, Schmidt Futures uses a broad set of tools - including gifts, grants, investments, and startup activity - for charitable, educational, and commercial efforts with a public purpose. This initative brings together the efforts of various charitable and non-charitable entities to improve our potential impact by making diverse types of capital available to the efforts we support.

About Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is building the leaders tomorrow needs. YPFP believes that the future deserves a seat at the table and we're working every day to give that voice to emerging leaders; and to make those voices more informed and influential than ever before. As we look at the state of the world today, has this mission ever been more important? we execute our mission through providing opportunities ; connections to a diverse and global community, hosting and engaging with thoughtful events and discussion groups, and providing leadership development and volunteer opportunities. Founded in 2004 as a small discussion group of friends, YPFP's membership now spans 80 countries and a network of over 20,000 emerging professionals in international affairs.

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