The mission of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is to improve accessibility to the DCFR for young professionals and students interested in international affairs in the Denver region by enhancing opportunities to connect and network with leading policy, industry, and community experts through a variety of events and programs.

YPC now has a mailing list! If you would like to join to get the latest information on future events please email us or fill out the contact form below. We hope to see you soon!
Happy Hour: Globally Engaged Pup!
Stanley Beer Hall
- May 25th, 2022 at 6:00pm  - 

Join us for a networking happy hour to discuss foreign policy and international affairs with a group of link minded people. 

Bring your dog! Best globally theamed dressed pooch will win a prize!

Discussion points for the event will be provided soon. 

For past Weekly Diplomacy Features Click HERE
Weekly Diplomacy Feature: Austria
A country with a rich cultural history and known for mountainous landscapes and strong ties with the rest of Europe, Austria is the host to the OSCE and OPEC and is a founding member of the OECD and Interpol. Austria also aids in successfully integrating a number of countries in the region into the European Union, and shares many ties with the US - including in business, culture, arts, education, and more. Austria and the US are partners in promoting global security, strengthening economic cooperation, and collaborating to promote and defend shared values around the world.

Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie D. Jenkins travelled to Austria last week to lead the US delegation for the first Review Conference of the Parties to the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material. The Convention aimed to strengthen international peace and security by providing an international framework for the physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities used for peaceful purposes. This conference gave an opportunity for all 164 countries of the Convention to exchange information on best practices, challenges to implementation, and lessons learned, and to continue momentum toward universalization of the treaty.

Emerging Cyber Guidence to Ukraine-Russian War

Critical Infrastructure Protection– Part 4 from SANS Institute led by Tim Conway - What defender actions will help reduce the effect of an attack within Industrial Control System (ICS) environments? This is an incredibly insightful video on cybersecurity and is being featured this month.

War and Crisis in Ukraine

War and Crisis in Ukraine A Virtual Roundtable Presentation by the CU Global Speaker Series. This is an amazing overview on the war in Ukraine and some considerations about the people, politics, and history that lead the two countries to war.

Upcoming Happy Hour Events

​​​​​​​Events tailored to network and discuss global issues with a group of like minded people. 

Upcoming Career Paths Events
This is our speaker series dedicated to bringing in specialists about the hiring process for foreign policy and international affairs jobs. 

Happy Hour: Globally Engaged Pup!
- May 25th, 2022 at 6:00pm  - 

Join us for a networking happy hour to discuss foreign policy and international affairs with a group of link minded people. 

Bring your dog! Best globally theamed dressed pooch will win a prize!

Discussion points for the event will be provided soon. 
Peace Corps
Featuring Guest Speaker Corbin John​​​​​​​
- Postponed until Fall -

Due to unforseen events we had to postpone this event until the fall. We are sorry for any inconvience and we hope you can join us then!

Join us to learn more about what it takes to become a Peace Corp volunteer. Corbin Johns is a recruiter with Peace Corps and will give a brief presentation about Peace Corps and the type of work they do before opening it up to questions. Before the event check out the Peace Corp website to learn more about the organization. 
This event is free to attend but if you can please register when we get a link so that we can get a good idea of the number of people who will be attending. We will be sending the link out directly the day of the event. 

Emergency Management


FP Events around Denver​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

If interested please register here!

Featured Audio Recordings

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council on ‘Ukraine in Crisis’
Click HERE to play an audio recording of the event hosted on 3/14/22


YPC Recommended Podcasts
For lovers of Global & Political Deep Dives:

Foreign Policy: Heat of the Moment
Foreign Policy: The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO)
War on the Rocks
The Cipher Brief
Political Gabfest 
Angry Planet 
NPR Throughline 


YPC Recommended Books

How to best stay current in the fast moving world of foreign policy:

Career Diplomacy: Life and Work in the US Foreign Service (September 2017) 
Putin's LabyrinthSpies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia (April 2009)
The Spirit of Green: The Economics of Collisions and Contagions in a Crowded World (May 2021)
Losing the Long Game: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East (October 2020)
Kashmir at the Crossroads: Inside a Twenty-First-Century Conflict (November 2021)
Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue (December 2015)
Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism (September 2021)

YPC Recommended News Sites & Features
We know there are a lot of news options out there - these are a few sites and deep dives recommended by us: 

BBC (Great non-biased reporting)
Al Jazeera (Amazing coverage but note some bias slanted towards pro Saudi Arabia viewpoints)
NPR One (For a mix of local and international talk radio)
Conflict in the Cyber Age (An amazing breakdown of issues in cybersecurity)

Previous Events​​​​​​​
Talk Foreign Policy at Punch Bowl Social​​​​​​​
A low key night of good drinks, food, and conversations. We invite you to come talk international affairs and foreign policy with a group of like minded individuals who care about global events. 
- March 30th 2022 -

Thank you for all who attended! We had some great conversations come out of this event and we hope to keep them going in the future.


Discovering Diplomacy
A discussion on career paths in the U.S. State Department and Foreign Service. Featuring Guest Speaker Scott Smith.
- February 16th 2022

Scott Smith is based in Denver where he serves as the Diplomat in Residence for the Rocky Mountain region. He was born and raised in Indiana. He obtained his BA in Spanish, French, and Political Science from Franklin College and earned his Master's degree at Georgetown University. Scott entered the Foreign Service in 2002 as a Public Diplomacy officer. He has served in Bogota, Tokyo, Guatemala City, Washington DC, La Paz, Sao Paulo, Havana, and Caracas.

Below are a few links helpful for anyone looking for more information about working with the State Department and/or the Foreign Service: 
    Video Recording of Event
    This is the video of the event that occured 2/16/22.

      Young Professionals Happy Hour
      A networking event hosted at Junction Food & Drive for people to come and network with people passionate about global events! Featuring Guests Trevor Jones and Laura Isaza.
      - December 8th 2021 - 


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