2014 Guide to Women Leaders


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What people are saying . . . 

WFPG clearly plays an important role in cultivating the foreign policy leaders of tomorrow. Given my long career in domestic and foreign policy in my own country, I know first-hand how crucial organizations such as yours are for the advancement of gender equality.


- Helen Clark
UNDP Administrator and 
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand


There’s not another one like [WFPG] in this city, and I think it plays a really important role in connecting all of us, and in having discussions about some of the issues that don’t make it to some of the other centers in town.


- Melanne Verveer
US Ambassador-at-Large
for Global Women's Issues


Ambassador [Susan] Rice and I both appreciate the role of this group. The intellectual rigor and energy that its members bring to foreign policy issues are essential to helping to make the UN a more effective and responsive forum.


- Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo
US Alternate Representative for 
Special Political Affairs to the UN


It [WFPG] was an organization with which I entered into contact fairly early on in my tenure as Ambassador here, and I immediately understood the importance that it plays in engaging many in Washington with some of the most critical foreign policy issues . . .


- Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
Embassy of Mexico to the US





Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Amb. Rice


On May 14th, WFPG honored National Security Advisor Susan Rice at its Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon. The conversation focused on major national security challenges facing the US and was moderated by PBS NewsHour Co-Anchor and Managing Editor Judy Woodruff. Rice addressed Russian intervention in Ukraine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Syrian Civil War, the Iranian talks on nuclear weapons, the Benghazi investigation, tensions between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea, the efforts to recover the kidnapped Nigerian girls, and the current state of American foreign policy and America’s role in the world. Read more


Photos | Press | Sponsors | Diplomatic Committee


 Event Highlights 


US-Russian Relations:
Sochi, Snowden, Syria and Ukraine



Feb 25—Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University and author of The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century, briefed WFPG on US-Russian relations. In addition to a brief overview of the history of the post-Soviet relationship, she covered the current issues facing the two nations, namely: Snowden, Syria, Sochi, and now, turmoil in Ukraine. In her remarks, Stent asserted that as a result of Putin’s decision to grant Snowden asylum, the bilateral relationship has sunk to “a low that we haven’t seen since the Russia-Georgia War”. Read more



Hon. Jane Holl Lute briefs WFPG on



Jan 27—Jane Holl Lute, President and CEO of the Council on CyberSecurity and former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, spoke to WFPG members on "Making Sense of Cybersecurity". In her remarks and the following conversation with David Sanger of The New York Times, she discussed the timely issue of cybersecurity which has been an issue of concern to individuals, organizations, and governments around the world, given the increasing frequency and impact of cyberattacks.The event was hosted by Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde at the Embassy of Finland. Read more



Embassy Series: Mexico
Ambassador Medina Mora



Jan 16—Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza of Mexico hosted an Embassy Series event for the WFPG on the US–Mexico Partnership. Twenty years after NAFTA came into effect, the Ambassador also stressed the need to enhance the understanding of both Mexicans and Americans about the new Mexico, and the very dynamic and different relationship between the two countries today. Ambassador Medina Mora discussed the future of North America as the world’s economic powerhouse, and expressed confidence that through a cohesive and dynamic partnership, the US and Mexico can effectively address the challenges of globalization. In his remarks, he also covered the importance of the recent Mexican constitutional reforms and their growing energy sector on both Mexico and on the trilateral relationship. In terms of security, the Ambassador discussed the role of the federal government dealing with the drug cartels by curtailing their financial flows and recruitment abilities. The conversation was held at the Mexican Cultural Institute and was moderated by WFPG Board member Diana Villiers Negroponte of the Brookings Institution.


Photos | Transcript



Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
WFPG Honors Foreign Policy Journalists



Nov 21—At WFPG's 2013 Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon, Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, led a conversation with Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Associate Editor and Senior National Security Correspondent, Jill Dougherty, CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent, and Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal Intelligence Correspondent.

Each of the journalists shared insights from their recent coverage of key foreign policy and national security issues. DeYoung discussed traveling with Secretary Kerry on his recent trip to the Middle East and Europe, which focused on Syria, Iran, and the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Gorman spoke about the impact of the NSA scandal's domestically and with key allies. Dougherty addressed Russia's role in Syria, as well as its desire to expand its influence in the Middle East and on the world stage. The panelists also discussed the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as the need for more coverage of China, energy, and Russia’s expansion in the Arctic.


Photos | Audio | Transcript



The US and the Baltics:
Energy, Russia and NATO



Sept 30—US Ambassador to Lithuania Deborah McCarthy spoke about the US and the Baltics, with a focus on energy, Russia, and NATO. In her remarks, McCarthy discussed the importance of the current Lithuanian presidency of the European Union, as well as the increased tensions between the EU and Russia over the Eastern Partnership, which has further strained Russian-Baltic relations.  Read more



Embassy Series: Switzerland
Reflections on Economy, Innovation and
Their Role in Europe and the US



July 12—Ambassador Manuel Sager of Switzerland addressed WFPG on “Switzerland: Small Country, Big Impact—Reflections on the Swiss Economy, Innovation, and Switzerland’s Role in Europe and the US.” In his remarks, Sager discussed reasons for the strong Swiss economy, with an emphasis on the importance of innovation. The Ambassador also covered Switzerland’s close political and economic relationships with the EU and the US.  Read more

Photos | Article




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 Upcoming Events


March 31, 2015 | New York, NY


Voices of Women from the UN
Security Council on Peace and Security

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April 10, 2015 | Washington, DC

Germany in Europe: The Cautious Leader

Karen Donfried

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April 21, 2015 | New York, NY

Celebration of Women Diplomats

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April 23, 2015 | Washington, DC

Celebration of Women Diplomats

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June 10, 2015 | Washington, DC

20th Anniversary Celebration

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 Recent Events


March 24, 2015 | Washington, DC


Member Networking Happy Hour

March 9, 2015 | Washington, DC

Embassy Series: France

Ambassador Gérard Araud

Photos coming soon


February 26, 2015 | New York, NY


Annual NY Mentoring Fair

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February 23, 2015 | Washington, DC


Standing Under ISIS Narratives:
Implications of a Narrative Lens for Countering Extremism

Sara Cobb

Photos and transcript coming soon

February 11, 2015 | Washington, DC


Gender-Based Violence in the DRC:
A Status Report

Marcy Hersh

Photos and transcript coming soon


February 6, 2015 | New York, NY


Gender-Based Violence in the DRC:
A Status Report

Marcy Hersh

Photos and transcript coming soon



February 4, 2015 | Washington, DC


Annual DC Mentoring Fair

Photos coming soon



January 29, 2015 | Washington, DC


State Department Briefing:
Human Rights and National Security

Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski




January 15, 2015 | Washington, DC


Obama's Cuba Initiative:
Significance and Next Steps

Julia E. Sweig




January 13, 2015 | Washington, DC


Member Networking Happy Hour



December 15, 2014 | Washington, DC


Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon


Global Conflicts and Crises:
The View from the Inside


Helene Cooper, The New York Times
Elise Labott, CNN
Missy Ryan, The Washington Post
Margaret Warner, PBS Newshour
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times


Photos | Audio | Sponsors



November 20, 2014 | Washington, DC


Embassy Series: Japan


Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae




November 13, 2014 | New York, NY


The Situation in Syria:
Providing Medical Relief during Conflict


Deane Marchbein




November 7, 2014 | Washington, DC


Turkish Foreign Policy:
A Balancing Act


Gönül Tol




November 3, 2014 | Washington, DC


Combating the Spread of Ebola:
The US Aid Effort in Liberia


Helene Cooper


Video | Photos



October 30, 2014 | Washington, DC


Embassy Series: Italy


Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero




October 28, 2014 | Washington, DC


A Growing Humanitarian Crisis:
Refugees and IDPs in Syria, Iraq and Turkey


Daryl Grisgraber




October 8, 2014 | Washington, DC


Embassy Series: Ireland


Ambassador Anne Anderson



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