Which graduate school were you attending when you participated in FPC? 

I had recently graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and International Relations. In the fall of 2019, I will be attending Columbia University's one-year master’s program of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences.

What are you doing now?

Currently, I work as a research assistant for two professors at Claremont McKenna, as well as an analyst at GRisk, a Shanghai-based political risk analytics firm. I will also be starting an internship at CSIS' Reconnecting Asia Project, a Simon Chair initiative, which aims to fill Asia’s infrastructure-information gap. 

How did FPC impact you?

FPC deepened my understanding of U.S. foreign policy in an unprecedented way. Having my entire college experience in California, my political knowledge stemmed largely from textbooks. However, thanks to FPC, I have now been exposed to real-world political experiences. After interacting with renowned scholars, as well as visiting various government sites, I left with a deeper appreciation for the U.S. government.

What was your favorite part of FPC?

My favorite part of FPC was the diverse selection of speakers and foreign policy topics, as my studies in college were narrowly focused, and many significant aspects of politics were left unmentioned. A particularly striking moment for me was attending CSIS’ Louis Lauter talk, who addressed the role of Congress in foreign policy making. It made me realize that I have underestimated the important part Congress has within U.S. bilateral relations. Hearing from speakers from the State Department, the National Security Council, think tanks, lobbying groups, and news agencies, helped form a holistic image of U.S. foreign policy making. The whole FPC experience was a crucial pivot for my understanding of U.S. foreign policy and the U.S.-China relationship.

Why should current Chinese graduate students attend FPC?

In today’s world, politics has become increasingly more important. Alongside 74 young and talented peers, an FPC participant can gain an exclusive understanding of the U.S. foreign policy process, as well as economic development, finance, journalism, and much more. Additionally, FPC participants are presented with unique opportunities, such as interviewing high-profile diplomats, senior U.S. government officials, or distinguished scholars. FPC inspires and prepares China’s next generation of leaders to advocate for continued engagement and better understanding between our two countries.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium

The U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium 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.

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