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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





Beyond the Headlines

Obama and Putin: Battlefield Syria


On October 19th, the Women's Foreign Policy Group hosted a lively discussion on "Obama and Putin: Battlefield Syria" with Karen DeYoung, senior national security correspondent and an associate editor of The Washington Post, and Steven Lee Myers, New York Times correspondent and author of The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin (2015). The conversation was moderated by New York Times Washington Bureau Chief Elisabeth Bumiller and co-sponsored by NYU Washington, DC. Photos and transcript will be posted shortly.

Watch on C-SPAN | Photos

 Featured Story 

WFPG Celebrates 20 Years!

Women Leaders Tackling 21st Century Challenges


On June 10th, WFPG celebrated 20 years of promoting women’s leadership and voices in foreign affairs with a conference on “Women Leaders Tackling 21st Century Challenges,” which highlighted women from across the foreign policy community.

The discussions covered the Middle East, women’s leadership in the public and private sectors, the impact of technology and social media in foreign policy, media coverage of global hot spots, and 20 ideas to meet tomorrow’s global challenges. The day-long conference concluded with a reception hosted by Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde of Finland on Celebrating Women Leaders Across Generations.

Photos | Videos | Sponsors
Diplomatic Honorary Committee

 Event Highlights 


State Department Briefing:
Assistant Secretary Anne Patterson


Anne Patterson

Oct 1—Ambassador Anne Patterson, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, spoke to WFPG members and guests on "Transitions, Revolutions, Sectarian Strife and ISIL: An Inside Look into a Volatile Region." She covered the impacts of ISIL on the Middle East, the fallout from the Arab Spring and her predictions about the future of the region. The event was moderated by Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post. View photos


Beyond the Headlines:
Helene Cooper speaks on the Ebola crisis


Helene Cooper

Nov 3—Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent at The New York Times, spoke to WFPG members and guests about her recent trip to Liberia to report on the Ebola epidemic. Cooper gave a first-hand account of Ebola hospitals, the reaction of the Liberian people, and her opinion of the American media's portrayal of Ebola. The discussion was moderated by WFPG Board Member Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief of The New York Times. The event was co-hosted by NYU Washington, DC. View photos



Embassy Series: Ireland
Defining our 21st Century Identity



Oct 8—Ambassador Anne Anderson of Ireland spoke to WFPG members and guests about Irish identity in the 21st century, the Irish economy, and immigration. The event was held at Ambassador Anderson's residence and was moderated by WFPG Board Chair Ann Stock. View photos


Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
WFPG Honors Foreign Policy Journalists



Dec 15—The Women's Foreign Policy Group honored The New York Times Pentagon Correspondent Helene Cooper, CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott, The Washington Post Pentagon Correspondent Missy Ryan, and PBS Newshour Chief Foreign Correspondent Margaret Warner for their outstanding coverage of national security and foreign policy issues. The discussion on "Global Crises: A View from the Inside", was moderated by Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Times and a member of the WFPG Board of Directors. During their remarks and the following discussion, the journalists covered the Ebola crisis, the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, ISIS, negotiations in Iran, the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Secretary Hagel’s recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, the recently released CIA torture report, the current situation in Libya, Secretary Kerry’s tenure at the State Department and his relationship with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Ashton Carter’s new role as Secretary of Defense, and President Obama’s foreign policy legacy.


Photos | Audio | Transcript



Embassy Series: Japan
Japan's Foreign Policy: Now and Future


Nov 20—H.E. Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States spoke to WFPG members and guests at his residence on the subject of Japan's foreign policy. The discussion was moderated by Mary Jordan of Washington Post Live. View photos



Where do you start?
Careers in International Affairs


Aug 5—The WFPG hosted a panel discussion on careers in international affairs as part of its commitment to mentoring the next generation of women leaders. The panel of experienced professionals included: Ambassador Linda Jewell, a retired US Foreign Service Officer and Executive Vice President of International Student Exchange Programs; Stefania Piffanelli, Deputy Director of the United Nations Information Center in Washington, DC; WFPG Board Secretary and Treasurer Dawn Calabia; and moderator Patricia Ellis, WFPG President. The conversation covered a range of topics including career development and job-seeking strategies, as well as advice for building confidence and maintaining a work-life balance, with the panelists sharing personal stories and words of wisdom with the students and young professionals. Read more




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 Upcoming Events


December 11, 2015 | Washington, DC


Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon

War and Diplomacy: The Inside Story of Covering the World's Conflicts

Margaret Brennan, CBS News
Helene Cooper, The New York Times
Missy Ryan, The Washington Post
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times


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 Recent Events


November 18, 2015 | Washington, DC


The Central African Republic:
The Situation on the Ground, Women
and Peacekeeping

Barrie Freeman


Photos coming soon!



November 12, 2015 | Washington, DC


Member and Guest Reception


Photos coming soon!


November 6, 2015 | Washington, DC


Author Series

Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose

Ambassador Melanne Verveer





October 29, 2015 | New York, NY


Elevating the Voices of Women:
NYC Building Global Partnerships

Commissioner Penny Abeywardena
NY Mayor’s Office for International Affairs


Video | Photos


October 21, 2015 | Washington, DC


What's Next for Ukraine?
Humanitarian and Foreign
Policy Challenges

Dawn Calabia and
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky





October 19, 2015 | Washington, DC


Obama and Putin:
Battlefield Syria

Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
Steven Lee Myers, New York Times
Moderator: Elisabeth Bumiller, New York Times

Co-sponsored by NYU Washington, DC


Watch on C-SPAN | Photos



October 19, 2015 | Washington, DC


The Growth of ISIS and the
Deterioration of Women's Rights
in the Middle East

Dr. Haleh Esfandiari





October 15, 2015 | Washington, DC


US Priorities at the 70th UN General Assembly

Ambassador Tracey Jacobson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary,
Bureau of International Organization Affairs




October 8, 2015 | Washington, DC


Embassy Series: Switzerland

Switzerland's Good Offices: Protection of Interests in Cuba, Iran and Beyond

Ambassador Martin Dahinden





October 5, 2015 | New York, NY


Women on the Front Lines: Special Operations and America's New Rangers

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon





October 2, 2015 | New York, NY


State Department Briefing:
US Priorities at the 70th UN General Assembly

Assistant Secretary Bathsheba Crocker





September 30, 2015 | Washington, DC


Embassy Series: Argentina

Argentina's Presidential Elections:
State of Affairs and Perspectives on the Economy and Foreign Policy

Ambassador Cecilia Nahón





September 21, 2015 | Washington, DC


Embassy Series: Hungary

Multiple Security Challenges in Central Europe: Migration Crisis and Relations with Russia

Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi





September 18, 2015 | Washington, DC


Yemen: Who Can Put Humpty
Dumpty Together Again?

Ambassador Barbara Bodine





September 16, 2015 | Washington, DC


Women, Business and the Law:
Getting to Equal





August 10, 2015 | Washington, DC


Where Do You Start?
Careers In International Affairs





August 6, 2015 | Washington, DC


The Burma Showdown:
What's at Stake for the US

Rena Pederson and Sarnata Reynolds





July 21, 2015 | Washington, DC


Ashley's War:
The Untold Story of a Team of Women
Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


Read more | Photos



July 14, 2015 | Washington, DC


Member Networking Happy Hour


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