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IRG Welcomes the American Council of Young Political Leaders

Monday, April 27, 2015

IRG partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders to host a morning of panel discussions around the theme of legislative process and governance for international participants for a group of fellows from across the ASEAN region.

  • PANEL 1:  Running for United States Congress:  Opportunities and Challenges
  • PANEL 2:  Role and Responsibilities of Congressional Members: Serving Community and Country
  • PANEL 3:  The Broken Branch:  Partisan Gridlock in Congress

IRG board members and other former Members of Congress served as discussants in bipartisan pairs. U.S. participants included Mike Andrews (D-TX, 1985-1995), Phil English (R-PA, 1995-2009), Barbara Kennelly (D-CT, 1982-1999), Mike Kopetski (D-OR, 1991-1995), Tom Petri (R-WI, 1979-2015), and Frank Wolf (R-VA, 1981-2015).

This programs comes at the start of an exchange program for these fourteen fellows -- from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam -- organized by ACYPL under a State Department grant to implement Professional Fellows Programs (PFP) as a part of President Obama’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.

A full report will be available at the end of the fellowship program in early June. Pictures are available on our Flickr page.