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Young Diplomats U.S. Study Program

The Asia Foundation sponsors and organizes study programs in the United States for mid-career diplomats from India, Laos, and Myanmar. The programs typically consists of two components: intensive coursework on U.S. foreign policy at George Washington’s Elliot School of International Affairs, and a study tour designed to deepen understanding of the United States through meetings with a cross-section of Americans in diverse regions of the country. The program encourages intercultural exposure and stronger international relations.

Young Asian Diplomats 2019

June 24, 2019


In June, 2019 the inaugural cohort of the Young Asian Diplomats Program: Strengthening Emerging Asian Leadership in Global Relations brought together 14 young diplomats for a three-week program in three parts.


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