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International Relations Education Program (IREP)

Despite being a leader in the current international order, the United States often finds itself misunderstanding the geopolitical relationships that underpin friendships and rivalries around the world. In order to develop more effective foreign policy, peace and security strategies, policymakers on Capitol Hill need to understand geopolitical relationships around the world.

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About the Program

The International Relations Education Program (IREP) consists of a four-week seminar series that encourages Fellows to debate key issues with some of the nation’s leading foreign policy thinkers and practitioners. Each Monday session will examine the historical intricacies and current relations between countries through deep dive expert presentations.

Who Should Participate

The Wilson Center invites all congressional staff to participate in the International Relations Education Program.  Specifically, this class invites congressional staff working for a newly-elected Member of the 117th Congress to join us to gain necessary information on global relations to develop more effective foreign policy. The program is open to exceptional rising leaders with a keen interest in foreign policy who staff other U.S. policymakers.

Relationships Explored

  • China and North Korea
  • India and Pakistan
  • China and Africa
  • Russia and the Baltics
  • & more!

Important Dates

  • Monday, July 12th: 12:00-1:00 PM

  • Monday, July 19th: 12:00-1:00 PM

  • Monday, July 26th: 12:00-1:00 PM

  • Monday, August 2nd: 12:00-1:00 PM

RSVP for all 4 sessions 

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