The week of August 4-8, a group of young professionals from the United States will cross the pond to participate in a week-long forum, the Atlantic Youth Forum 2008 at Wilton Park in the United Kingdom.
The Atlantic Youth Forum 2008 brings young, 18-24-year-old Americans, Canadians and Europeans together to gain insights into each otherís concerns and perceptions on key challenges facing their countries and the international community, and make lasting contacts.
Sponsored by the British Embassy Washington, British Consulate Los Angeles, British Consulate Chicago, the delegation of seven young professionals include members of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy organization, a journalist, a member of the think tank community, and students studying in the fields of political science, history, Middle East studies, and public health.
Young people are more engaged in the political process today than at any time in recent history. The forum seeks to build on this momentum to develop the next generation of leaders and thinkers to discuss today and tomorrow's toughest issues.
Many different topics will be discussed and many different views will be heard. While not always agreeing on all points, participants will be able to learn why others fell the way the do on certain issues and be able to obtain a unique perspective on how they and their countries and cultures are perceived by others. The one main lesson to be learned from the forum is that dialogue is the greatest way to forge bonds of understanding and trust between people of different nations and cultures. The program will cover a range of political, security, cultural, economic and social issues.
Please check back often for updates and photos from the visit.