Education

2017 Summer Global Leadership Seminar
A New Direction? – U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era
July 10-14, 2017


“Not since Franklin Roosevelt’s administration has U.S. foreign policy witnessed debates this fundamental.” – Walter Russell Mead

Since being inaugurated on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump inherited a broad range of foreign policy challenges and dilemmas from Syria’s ongoing civil war and ISIS, migration and international trade, to a rising China, resurgent Russia, and increasingly provocative North Korea. As Trump’s statements and actions in his first 100 days in office has suggested a new direction for many policies, alliances, and institutions that have been critical to U.S. foreign policy for the past 70 years, what are the top priorities abroad for this new administration? Which countries, alliances, and world leaders would likely rank highest as a friend or foe? And what could this mean for the future of U.S. foreign policy?

The 2017 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, a week-long summer institute open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, will explore how the Trump administration is reshaping U.S. foreign policy—and how these changes are reverberating around the world. Through guest lectures and interactive workshops, students will examine the new direction of U.S. foreign policy under the leadership of President Trump. Additionally, students will take part in a half-day simulation during which they will role-play the decision-making processes of foreign policy leaders. The Seminar’s fifth-day field trip to Washington, D.C., offers students the exciting opportunity to meet with and hear from foreign diplomats, as well as U.S. foreign policy officials.

Registration Information
The cost to participate in the 2017 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, including the fifth-day field trip to Washington, D.C., is $195 per student and includes all daily workshops and activities, as well as field trip transportation, tour fees and lunch in Washington, D.C. Cancellations requested on or prior to Friday, June 23 will be refunded, minus a $15 administration fee. No refunds will be granted on or after Saturday, June 24.

Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available. If you require financial assistance to participate in this program, please contact the Council's Director of Student Programs, Ned Hawkins, at 215-561-4700, ext. 216, or via email at: nhawkins@wacphila.org.

2017 Summer Global Leadership Seminar

Event Information

Monday, July 10 to Thursday, July 13
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily

Temple University
Center City Campus

1515 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102

Friday, July 14
Washington, D.C. Field Trip
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

$195 per student


Registration for the Seminar has now closed. If you are interested in attending, please email Ned Hawkins, Director of Student Programs.

Please note that a limited number of scholarships are available. If you require financial assistance to participate in this program, please contact the Council's Director of Student Programs, Ned Hawkins, at 215-561-4700, ext. 216, or via email at: nhawkins@wacphila.org.