Young Leaders Program
The Young Leaders Program serves as a catalyst for training young professionals in international policy affairs at an early juncture in their careers.
The Young Leaders Program was established in 2004 to enhance cross-cultural opportunities for young scholars and foreign policy professionals to improve their policy analysis skills at an early juncture in their careers. The program affords Young Leaders an unparalleled opportunity to build their network, observe the foreign policy making process, and voice their generation’s viewpoints within elite circles of policy specialists. They also gain a deeper understanding of serious conflicts and issues in the Indo-Pacific region, learn how experts and leaders deal with these problems, and work to develop their own perspectives. The Young Leaders network now includes more than 1,000 current members from 56 countries.
The Young Leaders program has four primary objectives:
- To facilitate the professional growth of young professionals in international affairs
- To generate a greater exchange of views between young and senior professionals
- To promote cross-cultural interaction and cooperation among young professionals
- To enrich dialogues with generational perspectives for the benefit of all attendees
Those best suited for the Young Leaders Program:
- Have completed their undergraduate education in a relevant field of study
- Have several years of experience related to Indo-Pacific geopolitics and security policy
- Have completed or are completing their graduate education (master’s or doctoral)
- Are between the ages of 25-35 (flexible on the low-end based on experience level)
- Demonstrate an aptitude for international diplomacy and an interest in Indo-Pacific affairs
- Wish to learn more about the foreign policymaking process and gain leadership skills
- Possess strong communication, collaborative, research, and analytical skills
For application instructions and more information about the program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.