Foreign Policy Fellowship Program Staff Delegation Trips
The Wilson Center's Office of Congressional Relations has hosted several trips to locations around the world in order for Congressional staff to learn about the U.S. relationship with various countries and critical foreign policy matters. See highlights below from past trips over the years.
Canada & Iceland
As travel re-opened in 2022, the Congressional Relations Team invited 10 FPFP Alumni to learn about energy, trade, sustainability, and U.S. Arctic policy in several locations around Quebec, Canada, and attend the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Wilson Center's Office of Congressional Relations led a Congressional Staff Delegation to Mexico to examine the U.S.-Mexico trade partnership (specifically the USMCA), border security, and immigration.
Sweden & Russia
In 2019, the Wilson Center's Office of Congressional Relations led a Congressional Staff Delegation to Sweden and Russia focused on the countries' relationship to the Arctic, geopolitical issues, democracy, and several other areas of key importance for U.S. foreign policy for Russia and Europe.
In the summer of 2019, the Wilson Center's Office of Congressional Relations hosted a Congressional Staff Delegation to Colombia, to understand the U.S.-Colombia relationship, the Venezuelan refugee crisis, and several other issues.
For more information on our trips, please contact Jorden Jones, Program Associate for Congressional Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’ve noticed for several years just how good of a job the Wilson Center has done at building relationships with and being accessible to congressional staff from early on in our careers. However, [the trip to Canada & Iceland, 2022] in particular really reinforced the Wilson Center’s leadership and widespread respect within the international community and the brilliant minds who make it all happen."
"[On the Canada & Iceland trip] I was reminded of the responsibility that I had. For one, the responsibility to collaborate: to sincerely work above and beyond narrow partisanship lenses and take good ideas wherever they may come from – from all sides of the aisle, from public to private entities. And second, the responsibility to be imaginative... I learned to see these problems as opportunities to deliver more, to deliver better for the country and for the world."
"As a young staffer, opportunities like this trip remind me of our impactful role in Congress. Relationship building matters – across borders, across the aisle, across chambers, across issues.”