The Hon. Elaine L. Chao, Keynote Speaker
A few of our 2012 FPC participants
The application for the 2013 FPC is now CLOSED.
Now celebrating our tenth anniversary, the FPC is an exciting three-day program designed to help Chinese graduate students better understand the complex forces that shape American foreign policy. Our tenth anniversary FPC will be held from May 29 to May 31, 2013 at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, with cooperation from the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Click here for a full program agenda for 2013.
We are delighted to announce that The Honorable Elaine L. Chao (赵小兰), the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009) and first Asian-American woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, is our keynote speaker.
Additional featured speakers include:
- The Honorable Cui Tiankai (崔天凯), Chinese Ambassador to the United States;
- Kin Moy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State;
- Erin Ennis, Vice President, The US-China Business Council;
- James Goldgeier, dean of American University's School of International Service;
- Kin Moy, deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the U.S. Department of State;
- Will Wechsler, deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism at the U.S. Department of Defense;
- And more to be announced soon.
Curious about the details of this year's program?
Take a look at the 2013 FPC Agenda for more information regarding this year's speakers and site visits.
Questions about travel stipends?
View our Travel Guidelines to learn more.
For information regarding previous sessions of FPC, please refer to the drawers below.
Each year, 150 to 200 PRC graduate students from universities throughout the United States – from all academic disciplines – travel to Washington, D.C. to learn from and interact with key players in American foreign policy. 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.
Our speakers hail from diverse backgrounds and include former Administration officials and current members of Congress, as well as representatives from academia, the military, think tanks, the media, business, and lobbying groups, among others. Past speakers include:
- Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense
- Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor
- Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
- James Sasser, former Ambassador to China
- Congressmen Mark Kirk and Rick Larsen, Co-Chairs, U.S.-China Working Group
Previous FPC participants have spoken positively of their experience. 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.”