Understanding Washington is an educational course for embassy, business, and nonprofit professionals in Washington, D.C. It is intended to provide professionals with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate the policy ecosystem.
Participants will learn how formal entities and informal networks interact to impact policy decisions. They will emerge with the skills necessary to manage crises, message and interact with media, assess breaking developments, network, and engage government and nongovernment actors in a meaningful way.
Speakers include CSIS scholars who have held senior positions in government, advised presidents and presidential candidates, and led successful careers in the private sector. CSIS’s expertise will be augmented by discussions with some of Washington’s true insiders—people who have navigated political and substantive networks to become some of the most influential and knowledgeable voices in Washington.
The Understanding Washington curriculum is comprised of a series of seminars that address a range of topics, including:
- How Different Institutions Operate – from Congress and the legislative process to the executive branch and the mechanics that drive the president and cabinet
- How Governors’ Associations, Local, and NGO Interests Outside of Washington Surface and Interact with the Federal Policy Environment and the Media
- How to Understand the Policy Ecosystem of Washington and Strategies for Engagement
- The Distinct Roles of Think Tanks, Trade Associations, Advocacy Groups, and Lobbyists
- The Role and Legal Function of Regulatory Agencies
In-Depth Case Studies
- Select case studies will illustrate how the Washington ecosystem has worked in different ways to deal with tangible problems. These sessions will help participants understand the challenging dynamics of existing policies and institutions as well as what techniques are needed to succeed in advancing an organization’s objectives in high-profile situations.
- The capstone simulation will require participants to apply a combination of skills learned and developed throughout the program to a real-world situation. Participants will work in teams to analyze a fast-moving issue and develop and implement an effective response.
This course is open to anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of how Washington, D.C. functions.
How to Apply
Please complete the registration form below by selecting the Register button. Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis.Register
Previous and current participants include representatives from:
Aramco Services Company, Department of Energy, Duke Energy, Edison International, Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of Mexico, Embassy of New Zealand, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of the State of Qatar, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Fujitsu Limited, General Dynamics, Government of Haiti, ITOCHU Corporation, Japan Science & Technology Agency, The J.M. Smucker Company, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Mitsubishi Corporation, NEC Corporation of America, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pure Hands, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Thales Group Canada, Thales USA, Inc., Total S.A., UAE Executive Affairs Authority, U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia University
For more information, please contact Joel Martinez, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.