21st Century Leaders Council

Nick Thompson addresses a cybersecurity roundtable alongside the Honorable Winston Lord and Professor Jason Healey.

Nick Thompson addresses a cybersecurity roundtable alongside the Honorable Winston Lord and Professor Jason Healey.

In 2009, the NCAFP inaugurated the 21st Century Leader Award to recognize individuals who, through their professional or personal pursuits and accomplishments, have already demonstrated a promising future in the realm of American foreign policy. Awardees have subsequently participated in key programs, such as panel discussions open to the public, private briefings, and conferences.



Farhana Qazi, Brendan McGuire

Farhana Qazi alongside Brendan McGuire

Capitalizing on their expertise, the NCAFP invited its award recipients and others to join a select group of young foreign policy professionals in launching the 21st Century Leaders Council, an initiative designed to embed each Council member, according to area of expertise, in its programmatic activities. Members of the Council have designed, produced and moderated panel discussions and participated in Track II activities. Their participation provides not only the opportunity to develop further their areas of expertise, but also to engage in dialogue with young leaders from around the world.


Nancy Walbridge Collins
Research Fellow, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University

John Delury
Associate Professor, Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies

Abraham Denmark
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia

Nathaniel Fick
CEO, Endgame, Inc.

Brendan McGuire, Esq.
Co-Chief, Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office

Farhana Qazi
Senior Pakistan Instructor, AFPAK Regional Training Team, Booz, Allen & Hamilton

Marisa Porges
School Head, The Baldwin School

Nicholas Thompson
Editor, The New Yorker.com

Ronan Farrow
Founder, State Department Office of Global Youth Issues
Former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues

National Committee on American Foreign Policy

NCAFP Vice President Edythe Holbrook engages with Nick Thompson and Ronan Farrow



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