Summer Symposium - Washington D.C. July 28-August 8, 2013

Welcome to the 33rd edition of the Summer Symposium on US Foreign Policy!

Symposium participants from around the globe will gather in Washington, DC to discuss hot topics and meet news makers in International Politics.

This summer, the Osgood Center will explore the foreign policy priorities and challenges of President Barack Obama‚Äôs second term. Seminars and discussions will focus on how the Obama Administration will explore an unsettled and rapidly shifting international political climate. How will the administration address ongoing uncertainty and unrest in the Middle East? What are the implications of the strategic ‚Äúpivot towards Asia‚ÄĚ for US-Chinese relations? How will rising powers reshape the role and composition of international organizations and institutions? Will persistent economic malaise in the Euro-zone inhibit growth in the 21st Century? The Summer Symposium will explore these issues and how the Obama Administration will address them while shifting into a new foreign policy team as John Kerry and Chuck Hagel replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Come to Washington this summer to hear what the experts think and to lend your own voice to the debates!

The Symposium features presentations and discussions on current critical issues in U.S. foreign policy, such as:

  • Arms Control Diplomacy
  • The Pivot Towards Asiat
  • The Middle East
  • U.S.-Iranian Relations
  • International Economic Policy
  • U.S. and Russia

Structure of the program

  • Lectures and discussions at Johns Hopkins University
  • Visits and presentations at the principal U.S. Government agencies involved in foreign policy (The Department of State, The Pentagon, Capitol Hill)
  • Discussion sessions at foreign embassies (Egypt, Israel, Turkey, etc...)
  • Visits with leading scholars from prestigious Washington, D.C. think tanks (Brookings Institution, Center for American Progress, etc...)

Undergraduate academic credit for this program can be arranged through Alma College. Please contact Assistant Director Shawn Trumbo at to obtain a Guest Student Application Form and instructions for applying. The program cost for the Symposium with the approved credit is $2,000.00. Housing is included.

See the See the Tenative 2013 Summer Symposium Schedule
See the See the Tentative List of Speakers, Articles, and Books


Symposium 2013 housing will be arranged with Carlyle Suites in Downtown Washington, DC. Please arrange housing with the Osgood Center to receive tax-free group rates.

Hotel Cancellation Policy:
Due to the cost incurred to the Osgood Center on last minute hotel cancellations, the Osgood Center requires hotel payment to be made in full at least 30 days prior to check-in date. Reservations may be dropped if payment is not made by this deadline. Please contact Anne Deming ( or Shawn Trumbo ( for any questions or concerns on payment method and procedures.

Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy Fees and Cost Sheet, no academic credit (2013)

Housing $675.00
Application fee $125.00
Program $625.00
TOTAL $1,425.00

Housing rates are inclusive of the dates July 28-August 8, 2013. Students are responsible for any prior or subsequent housing arrangements. The above rates are for three persons per room (1 with pull down couch). Singles are $184 per night per person and doubles are $92 per night per p erson. Full payments are due June 28, 2013. Please contact us for group discounts.


Alternative Housing Options

Listed below are alternative housing options students may pursue in order to reduce costs, including AirBnB and various hostel options. Please be aware that the Osgood Center cannot attest to the safety of housing options outside of the contracted hotels listed above. Students must be aware of the risks apparent when using Airbnb and other lower cost housing options. The Osgood Center is not responsible for any losses incurred when reserving alternative housing outside of Osgood booking.

  • Airbnb
  • Wimdu

    • Application fee - due with the application (non-refundable)
    • Program fee - July 1, 2013 (not refundable after the due date)
    • Housing fee (optional) - July 8, 2013 (not refundable after the due date)

    WAIVER: Each student must provide his or her own medical insurance, and each student is responsible for observing the laws of Washington, D.C. and the rules and procedures of the hotel. Students must sign waivers upon arrival to the Osgood Center.

    Registration for the Symposium will remain open until June 1, 2013. However, enrollment at a later date is not guaranteed due to limited space.

    See photos from past Symposiums!


    For more information, please contact us:
    Summer Symposium on Foreign Policy
    Osgood Center for International Studies

    1629 K. St, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC, 20006
    or call: 202-349-1698, X11698

    Print the application!