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

I recently graduated from a dual degree master’s program from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in Environmental Management and John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in International Relations and International Economics. My research interests are renewable energy, air pollution control, and environmental policy.

What are you doing now?

I work as an analyst at a renewable energy consulting firm, CustomerFirst Renewables, in Washington D.C. We work with large businesses and institutions to maximize the values of renewable energy and achieve their sustainability goals.

How did FPC impact you?

FPC provided a valuable opportunity to get a better understanding of the U.S. political landscape through meetings with current and former government officials, site visits, think tanks, NGOs, etc. Due to the current state of U.S.-China relations, it is especially important to understand the opportunities and challenges of the relationship. FPC covers a wide range of topics including U.S. politics, foreign policy, security, liberty, emerging technology, which gave me a more well-rounded perspective on foreign policy.

What was your favorite part of FPC?

I really enjoyed the keynote program, which included a speech by Ambassador Thomas Pickering. He highlighted some challenges facing U.S. foreign policy, yet noted that these areas also serve as opportunities for cooperation with China, such as climate change. For me, his speech provided invaluable insight, especially for people who work on energy and environmental issues, on the potential to further collaboration between the U.S. and China.

Why should current Chinese graduate students attend FPC?

FPC is a great opportunity to interact with U.S. government officials, researchers in think tanks and NGOs, as well as Chinese students who share a similar passion in foreign policy. It is especially rewarding to get to know and learn from other FPC participants who have diverse academic and professional backgrounds. 

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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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