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SUNDAY, 11/08/2020 | 8:00PM EST 

Foreign Affairs


Future Leaders

Covering the Surface:

The Inclusion of Ocean and Environmental Issues in International Affairs Dialogues


Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at 8:00pm EST

Hosted on Zoom - the link and optional background materials will be emailed to you after registration


Oceans cover roughly 71% percent of the earth's surface. Whether we see it or not, the ocean and environment impact each of our lives every single day and are inherently linked to the survival of our communities.  The ocean is also greatly impacted by the increasingly destructive consequences of climate change and large-scale pollution. Despite the centrality of the ocean to world affairs, environmental threats to our oceans are often left out of mainstream international discourse. In this discussion we will dive into the importance of the ocean to international affairs, the evolution of environmental threats to the marine environment and global responses to them, recent developments in the challenges facing our oceans, and the role of young people in ocean and environmental issues.

Foreign Affairs with Future Leaders is a series of youth-led discussions which analyze various international issues and topics by collaboratively addressing their most critical questions. They are co-hosted by the Onero Institute and the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority at GWU. This event is also co-hosted by ThinkOcean.


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Francesca Edralin is a junior at The George Washington University majoring in International Affairs (concentration in International Environment Studies) and minoring in Journalism and Sustainability. Francesca is passionate about the intersections of international affairs, environmental politics, and sustainable development. At GW, Francesca is the Co-President of GW UNICEF, works for the university's Sustainability Department, and is highly involved in The Philippine Cultural Society. Francesca has completed internships at the Council of Foreign Relations, USAID, and now conducts research on environmental conflicts in Southeast Asia for the State Department. For this event, Francesca will be representing ThinkOcean as their Director of Global Outreach. ThinkOcean is an international nonprofit committed to connecting young people passionate about the environment around the world, with chapters in 20+ countries worldwide.


Elad Raymond is Co-founder and Executive Director of the Onero Institute. He is a third-year student in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and minoring in Geographic Information Systems. Originally from New York, his research interests include geography, peace studies, and the Middle East.



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