The New Era Foreign Policy Conference is an annual two-day workshop for Political Science Ph.D. students, post-docs, and foreign policy experts. The first conference took place in 2006.
The goals of the conference are three-fold:
- To bring together and start building a network of Political Science Ph.D. students who are policy-oriented and interested in U.S. foreign policy and international politics;
- To invigorate the foreign policy community with fresh ideas and new avenues for future research;
- To equip a new generation of international affairs scholars with the tools for conducting and disseminating policy-relevant research.
Participants are asked to assess the medium-term challenges and opportunities currently facing the United States, to critically examine the macro-level goals that underpin American foreign policy, and to problematize the strategies and policies meant to achieve these goals. On the basis of these discussions, participants are encouraged to generate and shape policy-relevant research ideas. In the past, these ideas have contributed to participants' dissertation projects and have also resulted in conference papers, published academic articles, and pieces in policy journals.
Rather than the presentation of papers with panels and discussants, the format of the conference is a series of workshops and scenario-planning sessions. At past conferences, the Ph.D. students have been joined by policy experts with experience at the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Brookings Institution, NPR, the United States Mission to the United Nations, Foreign Policy magazine, and the Council on Foreign Relations.