The Next Generation Project: U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions

The US finds itself at a crossroads in its international relations. The continuing sharp and partisan disagreements over the new global environment highlight the need for reflective, thoughtful, civil debate about US foreign policy and the international system in the 21st century.   Where will the new ideas come from?

The Next Generation Project built capacity among the next generation of US leadership to address the challenges of globalization and the changing role of the US in world affairs. Through a program of fellowships and workshops, the Next Generation Project built a network of 300 fellows from a wide range of fields and communities.  Between 2006 and 2008, Assemblies were held in Dallas, San Diego, Denver, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., followed by a series of one-day workshops that brought fellows back together for further discussion.  Themes ranged from efforts to articulate an appropriate overall US foreign policy posture for the next decade ("U.S. Global Policy: Challenges to Building a 21st Century Grand Strategy") to a discussion about the policy opportunities available to the Obama administration (“Obama – One Year Later").

Next Generation Project fellows have gone on to serve in wide variety of foreign policy positions, including Colin Kahl, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East; Vikram Singh, who serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia; and Sharon Burke, currently Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs at the Defense Department.



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