Foreign Affairs Discussion Group

Foreign Afffairs Discussion Group


As we navigate this complex time in history, Network 20/20 is proud to create high-quality programming that exposes our participants to new world views and innovative policy solutions. Going beyond traditional briefings, we are delighted to offer a new program designed to give our participants an opportunity to voice their own ideas and engage with a diverse group of individuals.

Network 20/20’s Foreign Affairs Discussion Group offers our audience members, both domestic and international, a chance to speak with each other directly and outside of the set topic of a Virtual Briefing. On the first Monday of each month, participants will gather for a one-hour session consisting of a brief introduction to the topic by a guest host, and two twenty-minute breakout rooms for participants to engage in free discussion. Each session will focus on a different region of the world. Participants will be able to cover a variety of current events and trends in that area.

Whether policy expert or international affairs novice, you are invited to join us for our Foreign Affairs Discussion Group to meet your peers and dive into the latest happenings around the world!

Upcoming Sessions

Structure of the Discussion Group
Each session of the Foreign Affairs Discussion Group is designed to foster rigorous discussion as well as to create an opportunity to meet and engage with other curious individuals. Prior to each session, participants will receive suggested reading/viewing materials about the topic and a list of participants with (optional) professional contact information. We encourage you to get to know your fellow participants and partake in thoughtful debate.
*To maintain an intimate discussion, we will limit the group to 30 participants.

Selection Process
To maintain a rich discussion experience, the Foreign Affairs Discussion Group is limited to 30 participants. Priority access will be given to Network 20/20 members. The rest of the group will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis with the caveat that we will ensure a group with diverse nationalities, genders, and ages.

Discussion Leader
Each breakout room will have one Discussion Leader to keep the conversation moving and to ensure everyone has a chance to speak. Discussion Leaders do not have to be experts in the topic of that session, but rather curious individuals who can encourage a meaningful conversation by ensuring that everyone who wishes has a chance to speak and by prompting conversation if needed. If you would like to be a Discussion Leader, please indicate this preference on the designated box on the registration form. Those who indicate a preference to be a Discussion Leader will be prioritized, but not guaranteed, to join the Foreign Affairs Discussion Group.

Discussion Group Etiquette
Network 20/20’s Foreign Affairs Discussion Group will follow the Chatham House Rules. This rule is designed to encourage an open and trusting environment for conversation during the session. Following the discussion, feel free to share the points raised in the Discussion Group with others, but please keep the identity of the commenters anonymous.

“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

In order to foster engaging discussions, please be mindful of the amount of time you speak in each group. We seek to create a welcoming environment for all our participants, therefore we encourage you to allow time for every member of your group to speak.

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