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The Churchill Centre Partners with Future Diplomats

Over the past year, The Churchill Centre has developed a good working relationship with the group Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) to help develop a better understanding of Winston Churchill’s legacy in the diplomats of the future. YPFP was founded in 2004 to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers.

The Churchill Centre began working with YPFP in July 2015 when the Centre helped to sponsor a program at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. on the subject of “Culture, Soft Power, and Global Leadership” that explored how Churchill’s example may apply in diplomacy today. In March of this year, The Churchill Centre helped to sponsor another program at the embassy commemorating the seventieth anniversary of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech. Members of YPFP were able to attend both events.

YPFP members comprise a community of promising young professionals with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, all of whom are bound together by an interest in addressing global challenges. During the most formative years of their careers, YPFP educates and influences its members through comprehensive, informed and diverse cross-sector dialogue with each other and today’s leading foreign policy leaders. Through these discussions and other activities, members develop personal and professional relationships that will last a lifetime. To learn more about the organization, please CLICK HERE.

“Our members have noticed a consistent theme among today’s foreign policy leaders—nearly all of them are Winston Churchill scholars,” said Jarrel Price, the President of YPFP. “As such, I am certain that our growing partnership with the Churchill Centre will help YPFP fulfill its mission of fostering the next generation of world leaders.”

The Churchill Centre’s Executive Director, Lee Pollock, said, “YPFP members are the best and brightest among young professionals in international affairs and foreign policy and are ideal candidates to engage with the life and legacy of Winston Churchill. The Centre is delighted with our growing relationship with YPFP in Washington and other markets and we look forward to expanded collaboration on programs and events in the future.”

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