Young Professionals Program

Jamestown’s Young Professionals Program is a year-long (September to May) lecture series that provides young professionals interested in international security with the opportunity to engage with current and former top U.S. policy makers, diplomats and Jamestown analysts. Each series will be dedicated to a particular region or issue that is important to U.S. strategic interests, giving participants the chance to gain the insight of subject matter experts and seasoned practitioners while also connecting with peers.

Apply for the 2018-2019 Lecture Series

More information about the 2018-2019 program, including how to apply, will be posted later in summer 2018.

Eligibility to Participate

This program is open to anyone from the age of 21 to 35 who is currently a graduate student or has two years of work experience in a related field. The group will convene on a monthly to bi-monthly basis for evening discussions, and all prospective participants must be committed to making every effort to attend all of the meetings (to be held in downtown D.C.).


Gen. Philip Breedlove with YPP participants

YPP 2017-2018: Intelligence and Statecraft 

The 2017-2018 lecture series will focused on issues related to intelligence and statecraft. Discussions will explore how and why U.S. policy responses are formed and how to better contextualize analysis of global security developments in terms of their implications for the United States. Speakers for this series included General John Allen (ret.), President of The Brookings Institution; General Philip Breedlove (ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations; Ambassador Daniel Fried, former Coordinator for U.S. Sanctions Policy; Dr. Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia, Center for Strategic and International Studies; General Michael Hayden (ret.), former Director of the CIA; Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University; and Dr. Michael Vickers, former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.