White House Workshop

Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the New Administration

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White House Workshop

The Trump Administration entered the White House intent on reversing or modifying many of the policies and regulations of the previous Obama Administration. It has also altered or abandoned a wide-range of international commitments. In pursuit of these goals, the Administration has had to operate in an arena of remarkable political polarization both at home and abroad.

Many of President Trump’s foreign policy campaign promises have been fulfilled and others modified, but uncertainty remains about America’s international role. Speakers will focus on challenges the U.S. faces in specific parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East, China, Africa and Latin America.

This three-day seminar will feature a faculty of high-level internationally-recognized experts who will discuss both the domestic and the global implications of the Administration’s policies and their impact on executive leadership in the Department of Defense and other government agencies.


Seminar Topics

  • Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy: An Overview
  • America’s Strategic Quandaries in South Asia
  • The North Korean Conundrum: Past, Present and Future
  • Africa at the Crossroads: Political Choice and Economic Growth
  • America’s New Syria Strategy and the Broader Struggles in the Middle East
  • Latin America: A Region of Extreme Political Economies
  • The Changing Nature of Terrorism and Transnational Crime
  • Turkish-American Relations: Current Tensions and Future Prospects
  • Global Strategic Competition in the Digital Age
  • American Demographics and Social Change: The President, the People, and Public Opinion
  • The Many Faces of Socialism: From the Soviet Union to Sweden
  • The Judiciary, the Media and Interest Groups
  • The EU and the Future of Europe
  • The Transformation of Global Markets and What it Means for America
  • China’s Challenges to the Global Order

*The above topics may change to address current events at the time of the seminar.

Leadership Competencies

After participating in the White House Workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key decision makers who are involved in the policymaking and policy implementation processes and the institutional perspectives from which they offer advice and make judgments
  2. Think strategically and tactically about how to affect policymaking and policy implementation; how to anticipate reactions to that policy in the United States and abroad;  how to avoid unintended consequences that flow from poor policy judgments
  3. Improve cultural and historic awareness of the political, legal, and institutional environment in which domestic and foreign policy-making and policy implementation occur
  4. Enhance critical synthetic and analytical skills necessary to advise senior officials in the making and evaluation of public policy
  5. Be sensitized to the changing situational conditions that affect past, current, and future policy judgments


The program moderator will be of international stature and have extensive professional experience in the policy issues covered in this three-day seminar. The moderator will facilitate, when necessary, dialogue between the speakers and participants, as well as lead the group discussions and Q&A sessions.


The fee for this three-day workshop is $1,485 per person. The program will feature approximately 12-15 separate presentations. Also included are daily continental breakfasts and working luncheons. The workshop will be held in a private meeting room at the Capitol Hill Club. An on-site staff person will assist participants as needed and coordinate daily activities. 


The target audience for these seminars are civilians (GS-13 and above) and military (O-5 and above). Others who have a special interest in the subject, need-to-know, or are in key positions may apply. Seminar space is limited to assure participants have ample time for open discussion with presenters. Upon registration, attendees will receive confirmation via email within five days. Cancellations will be accepted in writing up to two weeks prior to each program. After that time, substitutions will be accepted. The Agency will be billed if registration is cancelled after the deadline. In order for the course to be held a minimum of 20 registrants are required.

If you have any questions or need further information, please call the office at 703-684-8807.

Additional Information

The White House Workshops will be held in private meeting rooms at the Capitol Hill Club, located at 300 First Street SE, in Washington, DC. The Capitol Hill Club is directly across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station (Blue, Silver and Orange Lines).

Reporting information concerning registration time and meeting room assignment will be sent to all participants approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of each program. The meeting room will open at 7:30 am and the seminar will begin at 8:00 am. Business attire for participants is required.

These programs are informal and strictly “off-the-record.” No video, power point or audio-visual aids are utilized in seminar presentations.

I benefited from the left-leaning, democratic perspectives that juxtaposed the conservative perspectives. Keep it balanced—it was awesome!

M.P., Air Force • Enterprise Perspective Seminar October 2016

Very interesting group of speakers! Best seminar/program I’ve attended in 34 + years.

P.F., Air Force • Leadership in a Transformational Age Seminar July 2016

Balanced program with multiple views on complex subjects—well worth my time!

W.B., Pentagon • Enterprise Perspective Seminar April 2015

Absolutely enjoyed the program's overall structure. The moderator did a great job of weaving the different topics

D. Merker, Air Force

End-to-end, an amazing group of speakers, with most diverse backgrounds. I could listen to each of the speakers for hours on end. Their collective knowledge is truly incredible.

M. Chi, Defense Acquisition University - San Diego