The U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium (FPC) is an exclusive four-day program designed to provide 75 of the best and brightest Chinese graduate students studying at colleges and universities from across the United States a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the complex forces that shape American foreign policy and inform the U.S.-China relationship.

FPC gives participants the unique opportunity to interact with key players in the American foreign policy arena, including current and former administration officials and members of Congress, as well as representatives from academia, think tanks, media, business, lobbying groups, and the military, among others. The National Committee uses its deep connections, cultivated over the past 50+ years, to provide participants rare access into some of the capital's most important foreign policy-making institutions, such as the Department of State and the National Security Council, where they meet with individuals responsible for crafting and influencing policy.

  • 2019 U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

    May 28, 2019 to May 31, 2019
    Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    Seventy-three Chinese graduate students representing over 35 universities across the United States came together in Washington, D.C., for the annual U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium. Over the course of four days, participants learned about the various forces that shape the U.S. foreign policy-making process through expert-led, interactive sessions on the role of Congress, lobbying groups, the media, and technology. Participants also attended off-site visits at a range of institutions, including the National Security Council, The Heritage Foundation, and Intel Corporation.

    A highlight of the program was Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering’s keynote address, in which he explained the shift toward multi-polarity in the current world order and highlighted seven key issues confronting American foreign policy—from growth and development to weapons of mass destruction—as well as potential areas for U.S.-China collaboration, including climate change and cyberspace. Watch the video.

    View the 2019 agenda to learn more about the program schedule, speakers, and format.

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