The Washington Post

Send your kid away for the summer to become a think tanker?

Not exactly. But Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, has teamed up with Exploration Summer Programs (EXPLO) to create the organization’s first summer camp on foreign policy.

For two weeks on the campus of Yale University, high school students in grades 10-12 will discuss the major issues on the American foreign policy agenda, learn from leading scholars and practitioners and engage in foreign policy war games. And a foreign affairs summer camp at Yale wouldn’t be complete without field trips to the United Nations and the Council on Foreign Relations.

“No issues are more important, no time is too soon to start learning about them, and there is no better way to do so than through this introduction to American foreign policy taught by the staff of Foreign Affairs,” said Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs.

Tuition, room and board ring up to $4,275, but maybe that’s a small price to pay for a future ambassador ... or think tanker.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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