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.

The 2018 FPC will be held from May 29 to June 1 in Washington D.C. at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. 

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.  

Read more about the FPC experience! 

2018 U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

May 29, 2018 to June 1, 2018

Participants in the 2018 FPC will...

  • Listen to keynote address by The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Participate in a small group briefing at a leading foreign policy-making institution
    • Past institutions include, but are not limited to, the U.S. State Department, National Security Council, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Rescue Committee, and National Resources Defense Council
  • Interview a current senior administration official
    • Last year students interviewed Dan J. Kritenbrink, Senior Advisor, Office for North Korea Policy, U.S. Department of State
  • Visit the U.S. Capitol for interactive tour and lecture on role of Congress
  • Hear from and engage in Q&A sessions with leading experts and policy practitioners 
  • Attend a reception and discussion at the Chinese Embassy with Ambassador Cui Tiankai and Chinese diplomats


FPC Costs:

  • $250 participation fee includes accommodations (4 nights in a hotel), meals, and local transportation
  • Participants are responsible for all travel costs to and from FPC
  • A limited number of need-based scholarships are available (more information will be provided to accepted participants)


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