Elaine L. Chao, 2013 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, 2012 Keynote Speaker
Now in its eleventh year, the U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium (FPC) is an exciting three-day program designed to help Chinese graduate students and visiting scholars of all disciplines better understand the complex forces that shape American foreign policy. This year's FPC will be held from May 28 to May 30, 2014 at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, with cooperation from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
To apply for FPC 2014, please click here.
Each year, 125 to 150 PRC graduate students and visiting scholars from universities throughout the United States – from all academic disciplines – travel to Washington, D.C. to learn from and interact with key players in the American foreign policy arena. Speakers include current and former Administration officials and members of Congress, as well as representatives from academia, the military, think tanks, the media, business, and lobbying groups, among others.
Over the course of three days, FPC participants
- Attend lectures and panels on various aspects of American foreign policy, including but not limited to
- current foreign policy challenges facing the United States
- the role of interest groups in shaping policy
- the influence of public opinion and the media on policy-makers
- the influence of 9/11 on liberty and security
- history and guiding philosophies of American foreign policy
- Visit a variety of organizations involved in foreign policy issues, where participants can get an inside look at the role such organizations play in informing, developing, and/or implementing policy. Potential site visits include think tanks, government offices, advocacy groups, and corporations in Washington, D.C.
- Interact with key decision-makers, opinion-shapers, academics, and foreign policy specialists
- Discuss current foreign policy issues with a senior Administration official
- Build new friendships with fellow PRC students studying at institutions across the United States
An opening evening reception provides the opportunity for students to get to know one another and interact with FPC funders, National Committee D.C.-based members and the evening's keynote speaker. Past keynote speakers have included
- Senator Chuck Hagel (now Secretary of Defense)
- Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor
- Elaine L. Chao, former Secretary of Labor
- James Sasser, former Ambassador to China
- Congressmen Mark Kirk and Rick Larsen, Co-Chairs, U.S.-China Working Group
As Shiran Shen, a 2012 participant, notes:
“Participating in FPC 2012 was an invaluable experience for international relations wonks such as myself. I felt privileged to be able to engage in intellectual conversations on United States foreign policy in general and U.S.-China relations in particular with high-profile scholars and policy makers, whose works I had sedulously read and discussed with my mentors and peers in college.”