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If you have an interest in international affairs and cultural exchange, then Young Professionals in International Affairs (YPIA) is the organization for you! At the heart of politics and global dialogue, our headquarters in Washington, DC provide an ideal outlet to engage with and discuss the wider world. While numerous organizations in the metro area focus on international affairs, how many actually let YOU discuss what YOU think?

Completely independent and non-partisan, YPIA facilitates a common forum and safe space to discuss diverse international issues. In addition to regular discussions, we also coordinate cultural exchanges, international cuisine events, author presentations, social/professional networking events, and guest lectures.

If you would like to hone your knowledge, develop your professional skills sets, dialogue with likeminded peers, and engage with the wider community, consider joining YPIA (https://secure.meetup.com/ypiadc/pay_dues/) and getting involved with our Programs (https://www.meetup.com/ypiadc/pages/YPIA_Program_Communities/)!

All are welcome learn more about YPIA and sign up for upcoming events! By attending YPIA events, you agree to the following YPIA Code of Conduct (https://www.ypiadc.org/s/YPIA-Code-of-Conduct.docx)

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Young Professionals in International Affairs remains committed to fostering an educational community environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Organization programs, activities, and events are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class.

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It's Not Easy Being Green - The Geopolitics of Energy Transitions

There is a consensus among leaders that countries need to transition away from fossil fuels and coal and for their countries to achieve energy independence, but the geopolitical reality makes that more difficult in several parts of the world.

Join us as we discuss this topic from a variety of areas.

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New Year Happy Hour


Friends, with the significant rise in COVID cases, we are pushing this back a couple of weeks. While we look forward to seeing everyone soon, YPIA wants to be sure everyone is safe. The location will be posted shortly and please note that DC restaurants and bars now require proof of vaccination to enter.

Join YPIA as we get together to celebrate a new year!

YPIA Members Forum: Navigating COVID entry requirements for international travel

**Note: You Must Be a Paid Member to Attend - Only YPIA paid members will receive the link for the event. You can join here: https://www.ypiadc.org/membership#join**

Just as the world seemed to be getting back to normal, a new COVID variant spread across the globe. However, with warmer weather around the corner along with the expected peak of Omicron people are planning to travel. Different countries have different rules around accepting international travelers. Keeping them all straight can drive someone crazy! Join us as we discuss this issue, hear some first-hand accounts of people's international travel in the time of COVID, and perhaps learn some stuff along the way.

Bitcoin and El Salvador, One Year Later

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On June 9, 2021, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador passed a law making Bitcoin legal tender in the country. The hope around the bill was that it would help increase the country's GDP, 1/5 of which depends on remittances. One year later, what is the progress on the topic? Join us and some journalists and locals from El Salvador as we discuss what has happened.

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