African Trivia Night
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

African Trivia Night

Are you good at Trivia? Are you comically bad at Trivia? Do you want to learn more about the African continent, it's geography, cultures, languages, pop culture and history. Well, then you should absolutely attend African Trivia Night with YPIA. There is no cost to enter and teams will be formed on site. See you there or see you rectangularil

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 AI & Tech: Policy & Public Opinion
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

AI & Tech: Policy & Public Opinion

In conjunction with the Washington European Society (WES), the YPIA European Program invites you to an evening of discussion exploring the policy implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, & technological innovations, and their impact on the future of work, social structures, and public opinion. Please join us on Tuesday April 30th at 6pm at WeWork — The Apollo!!

We will be welcoming experts Jeffrey Brown, Manager of Future of Work & Artificial Intelligence at the Bertelsmann Foundation, and Aaron Smith, Associate Director of Research on Internet and Technology Issues at Pew Research Centre, to lead us in our examination of these topics.

With limited seating available (20-25 seats), we aim to make this event interactive and look to foster an open and spirited dialogue with both of our experts, so reserve your spot TODAY on Eventbrite (password: "automation").

EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ai-tech-policy-and-public-opinion-tickets-60494787538

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Thai Elections Discussion - Changing Political Landscape in the Land of Smiles
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

Thai Elections Discussion - Changing Political Landscape in the Land of Smiles

Join YPIA's Asia-Pacific Program in a discussion around the recent Thai elections. This is an off the record event for professionals in a variety of fields to learn about and debate/discuss different perspectives on international issues.

The recent elections have yielded some surprising results, though many core power-players in Thai politics remain strong. The outcome currently points to an emergent national divide between voters who support incumbent premier General Prayuth Chan-ocha and those who oppose military rule. As the military appears more and more intent on insisting that Prayuth continue as prime minister, there is increasing risk of conflict and instability ahead. That said, there are many possible outcomes, and we hope to explore some of them at our upcoming event at Cleveland Park Library (Basement Meeting Room 2) on May 2nd, 6:30-8:00 PM.

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 The Prodigal Return: How Should Countries Address Foreign Fighters from Syria
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

The Prodigal Return: How Should Countries Address Foreign Fighters from Syria

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With the War in Syria winding down, the question turns to what should be done for the nearly 40,000 foreign citizens who traveled to Syria to fight for one of the many forces in the conflict, including ISIS. Some countries have revoked the citizenship of foreign fighters, while others are still contemplating what to do with those who want to return, especially their wives and children. Join us as we discuss this topic.

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Rising Vietnam - A New Asian Tiger?
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Rising Vietnam - A New Asian Tiger?

Join YPIA's Asia-Pacific Program in a discussion about Vietnam's past and projected economic growth and the implications of such trends for the coming decades. This is an off the record event for professionals in a variety of fields to learn about and debate/discuss different perspectives on international issues.

Since the mid-1980s, through the Doi Moi reform period Vietnam has made a shift from a highly centralized command economy to a mixed economy that uses both directive and indicative planning through five-year plans. Over that period, the economy has experienced rapid growth. In the 21st century, Vietnam is in a period of being integrated into the global economy. According to a forecast by PricewaterhouseCoopers in February 2017, Vietnam may be the fastest-growing of the world's economies, with a potential annual GDP growth rate of about 5.1%, which would make its economy the 20th-largest in the world by 2050.[11] Vietnam has also been named among the Next Eleven and CIVETS countries.

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Indian Elections Recap
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Indian Elections Recap

Join YPIA's Asia-Pacific Program in a discussion around this year's election cycle in India. This is an off the record event for professionals in a variety of fields to learn about and debate/discuss different perspectives on international issues.

From April 11 to May 19, over 900 million people will engage in the largest democratic exercise in the world. Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are seeking re-election after a landslide victory in 2014. The main national opposition party is the Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most influential political dynasty. But numerous other regional parties also wield significant influence across the country, with some for and others against Modi. In the 2014 contest, there were a total of 464 political parties and more than 8,000 candidates courting voters across the nation. Will Modi buck the trend of anti-incumbency in India or will he fall as nearly all others have to a fickle electorate? Join us to discuss the results of this historic election on May 30, 2019 at Cleveland Park Library!

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Europe Book Club: Making Peace by George Mitchell
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Europe Book Club: Making Peace by George Mitchell

It has been over 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement, a Treaty that ended the violence in Northern Ireland. The process to get to that agreement was anything but smooth, however. Debates, disagreements, shouting, and walk-outs were common occurrences during the negotiations. One person who had a front-row seat to these proceedings was US Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and former President of the US Senate Senator George Mitchell. Mitchell's book Making Peace is his memoirs of that period in history, telling both the story of the negotiation process and his part in it, but also his own personal history during the period.

With Brexit complicating the status of Northern Ireland, what does the future hold twenty years after this important agreement? Join us to discuss this question as well as Senator Mitchell's book.

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Drink Like a Viking: A Nordic Happy Hour with the Washington European Society
Apr
11
5:00 PM17:00

Drink Like a Viking: A Nordic Happy Hour with the Washington European Society

Curious about the differences between Danish Aquavit and Norwegian Aquavit? Interested in tasting Finnish wine? Smokes, cures, & pickles - want to find out what's up with Scandinavian cuisine?

Join us at Mikko Nordic Fine Foods for an evening of Nordic delights while mingling with other foreign affairs enthusiasts. Cure your weekday sobriety and get a little pickled with YPIA and the Washington European Society for Happy Hour on the outdoor patio at Mikko's!

Trust us, you can't a-fjord to miss it!

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The River and the Wall: Environmental Film Festival
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

The River and the Wall: Environmental Film Festival

This film follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands. They travel 1,200 miles, from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico, on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. Realizing the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms, they set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment. As the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face to face with the human side of the immigration debate.

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New African Film Festival: Sew Winter in My Skin
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

New African Film Festival: Sew Winter in My Skin

Sew the Winter to my Skin is an artistic recount of the myth of John Kepe (Ezra Mabengeza), an outlaw and Robin Hood figure of South Africa. The film was shown at the Toronto Film Festival and selected as South Africa's entry for best foreign language film. A review can been seen here: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/sew-winter-my-skin-review-1143304.

As the review suggests, this is a rousing and suspenseful movie, but also artistic and experimental, so we plan for a lively discussion after the viewing!

We recommend that you purchase tickets in advance at the AFI Silver Theater's website here: https://www.afi.com/silver/. Tickets will be approximately $13.

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Who’s the Boss? A Discussion on Venezuela’s Escalating Crisis
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Who’s the Boss? A Discussion on Venezuela’s Escalating Crisis

On January 23rd, the leader of the Venezuelan legislature, Juan Guaidó declared himself acting president and laid out a plan to bring change to his troubled nation.

The move was a direct challenge to President Nicolás Maduro, who recently had been sworn in to a second six-year term in office after a highly controversial presidential election in May 2018.

Venezuela is beset by unprecedented social and economic crisis. Skyrocketing hyperinflation, power cuts, and shortages of food and medicine have pushed more than three million Venezuelans to leave the country in recent years.

While Maduro’s government has not been able to rein in the economy, it has managed to consolidate power and undermine democratic institutions. This has left Venezuelans without meaningful avenues to challenge the country’s leadership.

Guaidó’s actions have been met with the support of more than 50 countries, including the US, the majority of Latin America, as well as other international leaders. However, in order to fulfill his plan, Guaidó needs the support of the security forces, who remain loyal to President Maduro.

How did things get so bad in Venezuela? Is there a solution to the crisis that may avoid additional hardship for its citizens? What role can the international community play in resolving the political stalemate?

Join us for the discussion!

Photo Credit: BBC.com

Additional Literature:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/24/world/americas/noticias-venezuela-protests-maduro-guaido.html

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More Than A Fashion Statement:The Yellow Vest Movement in France
Mar
12
6:30 PM18:30

More Than A Fashion Statement:The Yellow Vest Movement in France

Over the past several months, France has faced large protests that have engulfed Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. While the movement of the "gilets jaunes" began in response to an impending green fuel tax, they have expanded across party lines to cover France’s high cost of living, government policies seen as elitist, and even the resignation of President Macron. Join us as we discuss this movement and its broader implications for France and climate change policy.

Make sure to check out this article for a good summary of the Yellow Vest protests: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46424267

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YPIA Holiday Party
Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

YPIA Holiday Party

Join us for a very merry YPIA Holiday Party on December 6th at the Embassy of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Dance, Drink and Enjoy authentic Ivorian Food as you hear about this business powerhouse in West Africa and mingle with young professionals and seasoned international affairs experts from around the city.

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