*Some session descriptions and speakers are TBD and subject to change*

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stephen Walt on the Foreign Policy Blob 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The last three decades of U.S. foreign policy have seen dramatic failures like the invasion of Iraq and the nationbuilding project in Afghanistan. However, policy change has been hard to come by, and those who championed failed policies remain in good standing in the foreign policy community. This has led to talk of a “blob” in foreign policy – a cross-partisan elite that favors hawkish policies, looks out for its own, and excludes alternative viewpoints from the debate. Stephen M. Walt, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a columnist for Foreign Policy, holds that “the Blob” indeed exists and, in his book The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy he offers an account of how that elite operates and how to challenge it.  
Thursday, June 3, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The State Department: Getting In, Working There, and Making Change
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hear from veteran diplomat and author of The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age about how to launch an impactful career in the State Department.

Careers in Congress and Advocacy 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about foreign policy work on Capitol Hill and influencing the Hill.

The Department of Defense: Getting Beyond USA Jobs 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about paths into working for the Department of Defense - and how to avoid getting sucked into the dreaded USAJobs black hole.

Think Tanks and Academia 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about careers centered around research and teaching in foreign policy - especially for those who might want to pursue a PhD.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Russia and U.S. Security
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

U.S.-Russian friction has been a central feature of the European scene in the last decade. Indeed, even now, Russian troop movements around Ukraine and hacking efforts are in the headlines. How can the United States best secure itself against Russian challenges, and why does Russia do what it does? 

Thursday, June 10, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Effective Networking
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to build the relationships that can lead you to success in foreign policy while avoiding common pitfalls.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Middle East and U.S. Security
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The last three decades have seen large, continuous U.S. military operations in the Middle East. Yet the region is home to only about 6 percent of the world’s population and 4.6 percent of the world’s economy. The United States has become less dependent on oil exported from the Middle East, too. All this has led to calls for a rethink of deep security involvement in the region. What might a new policy look like?  

Thursday, June 17, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Student Leader Panel
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Many students have used their time in the Society to build a highly engaged community on their campus. The connections they built in that community and the leadership they demonstrated then helped them launch impactful careers. Hear straight from some successful JQA campus leaders and alumni how they did it. 
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
U.S. Military Strategy and China
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The People’s Republic of China appears set to be the main security challenger to the United States in our lifetimes. It has a massive population, an increasingly advanced economy, and growing friction with the United States. It also has an ever-more-capable military, leading to fears that it may be able to deny U.S. forces access to key areas of the Western Pacific in a conflict. U.S. naval strategists have struggled to envision a force structure and posture that can meet that challenge – but what if we’re looking at the problem wrong in the first place? Three proponents of major shifts in our military strategy vis a vis China will articulate their views on how to secure U.S. interests in the new East Asian situation.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Campus Leadership 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn how to be a more effective leader - and how to sell this experience to future employers.

Building Community – Recruiting and Connection 
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dive deep into finding people and making the meaningful connections that can make your campus chapter a defining part of your members' collegiate experience.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Liberalism and Nationalism
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Why has American foreign policy experienced so many costly failures in recent decades? Professor Mearsheimer argues that our attempt to spread liberal democracy around the world has unleashed a nationalist backlash, and that a more modest international approach would produce superior results.