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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 (http://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.

Upcoming events (3)

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center - Exhibit Tour and Lecture

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC)

Come and join us for a tour of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. The SQCC has graciously agreed to host us so that we can learn more about Omani culture and the rich history between the US and Oman. The itinerary for the event includes a tour of the SQCC's permanent exhibit, a lecture on Oman's culture, and a chance to explore the Tolerance and Understanding Exhibition before it concludes at the end of August! Please confirm RSVP by Wednesday 21st August so that we can provide the SQCC with a list of attendees for security purposes. https://www.sqcc.org/

Americas Elections Series: Central American Elections 2019

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library

Who is president Nayib Bukele? What is the CICIG? Will Panama and the US keep ongoing relations or strengthen ties with China? Will this new wave of Central American leaders finally put an end to corruption? Will they be able to curve migrations from their homelands? Picking back up our Americas elections series which last year included talks addressing the elections and new presidents of Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela; we are now diving into discussions about the new president of El Salvador and Panama as well as the upcoming second elections in Guatemala. Picking back up in the winter with the elections in Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia.

Europe Book Club: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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"Published in Italian in 1972, Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities" consists of a sequence of imaginary dialogues between the Venetian traveler Marco Polo and the Tartar emperor Kublai Khan. In the course of these discussions, the young Polo describes a series of metropolises, each of which bears a woman's name, and each of which is radically different from all the others. The descriptions of these cities are arranged in eleven groups in Calvino's text: Cities and Memory, Cities and Desire, Cities and Signs, Thin Cities, Trading Cities, Cities and Eyes, Cities and Names, Cities and the Dead, Cities and the Sky, Continuous Cities, and Hidden Cities. Although Calvino uses historical figures for his main characters, this dreamlike novel does not really belong to the historical fiction genre. And even though some of the cities that Polo evokes for the aging Kublai are futuristic communities or physical impossibilities, it is equally difficult to argue that Invisible Cities is a typical work of fantasy, science fiction, or even magical realism."

Past events (778)

How we talk about Africa with Dr. Omékongo Dibinga

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