2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar

Thank you to all students for your excellent contributions and partcipation during this program. We have included embedded videos of our presentations, as well as recordings of the final presentations below.

If you have any follow-up questions regarding this program, please reach out to Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs, at ebumbaca@wacphila.org

Expert Speaker Presentations

We were fortunate to hear from a number of excellent expert speakers on a variety of international topics. Please see the videos below for the full recorded presentations. 

Professor Yom: The U.S. and the Middle East

Professor Zhong: U.S. - China Tensions

Craig Snyder: The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Student-Led Final Projects

The 2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar concluded with student-led presentations on six pressing foreign policy themes. Students spent portions of the weeklong program investigating their assigned topic, researching complex international issues, and formulating a 15 minute final presentation. All six presentations can be viewed in the video below! 

Program Description

The 2020 Summer Global Leadership Seminar, entitled Election 2020: U.S. Foreign Policy and America's Role in the World is a week-long summer institute open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  This year’s seminar will seek to advance students’ understanding of several critical global challenges facing the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Through nonpartisan guest lectures, interactive workshops, and a half-day crisis simulation, students will discuss issues central to our national interest and explore topics related to America's role in a changing world.  Topics will include ongoing trade tensions, U.S. relations with the Middle East, and key national security challenges. 

Use the links on the top-right side of this page to explore some post-program materials, including Expert Speaker Briefing Presentations. The links on the bottom-right side of this page are our program resources. These include General Program Resources, which feature interesting articles and videos as primers for each program day, our Crisis Simulation Briefing Paper, Program Book, and Debate Outline and Resources. 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and in consideration of the health of our staff and students, we have decided to run this program in a virtual format. In consideration of students learn-from-home needs, we have also updated our program agenda to be friendlier to a virtual experience.  

Questions? Please reach out directly to Eric Bumbaca, Director of Student Programs, at ebumbaca@wacphila.org