New Era Graduate Training

New Era Graduate Training (PhD Students and Post-docs)

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Location: School of International Service at American University
Applications for 2017 are now closed. 

The New Era Conference is an annual three-day workshop for Political Science PhD students, post-docs, and foreign policy experts.  Participants partake in a series of workshops and scenario-planning sessions facilitated by Bridging the Gap fellows and policy experts.  Previous experts have come from the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Brookings Institution, NPR, the United States Mission to the United Nations, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Participants assess the medium-term challenges and opportunities currently facing the United States, critically examine the macro-level goals that underpin American foreign policy, and problematize the strategies and policies meant to achieve these goals. On the basis of these discussions, participants are encouraged to generate and shape policy-relevant research ideas. In the past, these ideas have contributed to participants’ dissertation projects and have also resulted in conference papers, published academic articles, and pieces in policy journals.

The goals of the conference are three-fold:

  1. To bring together and start building a network of Political Science PhD students who are policy-oriented and interested in U.S. foreign policy and international politics
  2. To invigorate the foreign policy community with fresh ideas and new avenues for future research
  3. To equip a new generation of international affairs scholars with the tools for conducting and disseminating policy-relevant research