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Emerging Leaders Summit
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DATE AND TIME

23 Sep 2024
- 27 Sep 2024
08:00
- 16:30
(Washington, DC)

LOCATION

National Defense University
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY
SPANISH ONLY - NO INTERPRETATION

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE EMERGING LEADERS SUMMIT IS 14 JUNE, 2024
NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED


The Emerging Leaders Summit (ELS) is a one-week in-resident seminar conducted in Spanish that familiarizes the next generation of security and defense professionals with the ongoing security challenges in the Americas. ELS is designed to provide a platform for dialogue and peer-to-peer exchanges between countries in support of the mission to advance sustainable institutional capacity, strengthen the rule of law and democracy, and promote a greater understanding of security and defense policy. Participants will be exposed to paradigms and approaches to strategic leadership, critical thinking, ethics, and democratic governance in the context of security challenges in the Americas. Additionally, ELS will provide professional tools, workshops, excursions, and networking events to enhance participants’ career development.


SUMMIT OBJECTIVES
The program is designed to build a foundation for rising individuals within the security sector to foster personal and professional development while creating collaborative transnational networks. During the seminar, participants will enhance their knowledge of international security and defense issues and identify mechanisms for collaborative responses. Participants who complete this program will be able to:

  • Encourage critical thinking on global security challenges
  • Build institutional capacity
  • Promote Human Rights and the Rule of Law
  • Enhance Regional Networking
  • Interact with the Perry Center network and community


SUMMIT STRUCTURE

This program will include a combination of lectures, break-out group discussions, and excursions around Washington, DC, to expose rising defense and security professionals to the following topics:

  • Strategy and Defense Policy
  • Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Initiatives
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • US National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy


CANDIDATE PROFILE

Candidates must possess a professional interest in the security and defense sectors and demonstrate relevant experience in the field. Potential candidates should come from the following backgrounds/fields of interest:

  • Recent graduates looking to pursue a broader network
  • Graduate students in relevant fields
  • Young leaders in civil society


CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Be civilians aged 22-35
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university
  • Be fluent in Spanish (there will be no simultaneous interpretation for this seminar)
  • Possess a valid passport and visa to enter the United States


ATTENDANCE COSTS

The Perry Center will grant a full scholarship to individuals selected to attend this in-resident seminar in Washington, DC. Scholarships include round-trip airfare, lodging for the duration of the seminar, and all meals (combination of contracted meals and per diem payments). There is no cost (tuition) to attend the seminar itself. In accordance with Department of Defense policy, citizens of “high income” countries (as established by the World Bank) are not eligible for scholarship funding travel to Washington DC. As of 01 July 2023, this restriction applies to the following Western Hemisphere nations and territories listed below. Citizens of these countries may still apply to the Emerging Leaders Summit but in an entirely self-funded status. Regional professionals living in Washington, DC, can also apply, as there is no cost associated with their participation, but they are not guaranteed admission.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Curaçao
  • Guyana
  • Panama
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Martin
  • Sint Maarten
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Uruguay