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Congressional Foreign Policy Masterclass

The Wilson Center Congressional Foreign Policy Masterclass Series provides senior staffers the opportunity to go in-depth with our regional experts on a pressing foreign policy issue.

The Wilson Center Congressional Foreign Policy Masterclass Series provides senior staffers the opportunity to go in-depth with our regional experts on a pressing foreign policy issue. This comprehensive 2 day course during a Congressional recess provides a non-partisan environment for senior staffers to meet and network with fellow colleagues from across the aisle.  

Who Should Apply

The Wilson Center invites senior-level congressional staff to participate in the Congressional Foreign Policy Masterclass (Chiefs of Staff, Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Directors, Senior Legislative Assistants and Professional Committee Staff). If you have questions about this requirement, please feel free to contact us!) Applicants should possess a strong understanding of the legislative process and have experience working with a foreign policy portfolio.

Previous Master Classes

Russia

“This class delivered a look at US-Russian relations. It provided history and context that is too often missing from today’s policy discussions” – A Foreign Affairs Staffer

Wilson Center experts began with an overview of Russian history and followed with analysis of modern Russia focusing on its government, political economy, disinformation campaigns and the nation’s strategy in Europe, the Middle East, and the wider world.

The masterclass began with providing context to Russia today with a brief history lesson of Russia from Peter the Great to President Putin.  The seminar then moved to discussions of how World War II shaped Russian identity and lessons to take away from the Cold War. The second part of the masterclass focused on modern Russia, including how to combat disinformation campaigns and understanding the crisis in Ukraine through Russia's concept of international law.

China

This masterclass focused on topics such as the trade war, technology issues, the belt and road initiative and the US-China Diplomatic Relationship.

North Korea

“One of the best programs I’ve done on the Hill!” – House Republican Chief of Staff

The North Korean Masterclass was a comprehensive deep dive on North Korean history, the nuclear crisis today, daily life in North Korea, the South Korean perspective and regional issues in Northeast Asia.  This course provided context and background necessary to understand the Kim dynasty and the country at large.