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Inside American Diplomacy With the Foreign Service (3 Night)

Program Number: 20545RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/27/2014 - 4/30/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/17/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/29/2014; 11/9/2014 - 11/12/2014;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $839.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Political Science
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. On this fascinating program, gain in-depth, behind-the-scenes knowledge of the personal experiences of active and retired Foreign Service officers and ambassadors. Examine important issues of U.S. foreign policy in action — enhanced by Q&A sessions — to better understand what tomorrow may bring.




Highlights

• Engage in frank conversations as you probe the most important foreign policy issues we face around the world today.
• Attend briefings and meetings with diplomats on field trips to foreign embassies in Washington.
• Gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation of the work of the U.S. Foreign Service.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.



A four-night version of this program is also available: 18260. For details, visit www.roadscholar.org/18260




Date Specific Information

4-27-2014

"Politics of the Mediterranean World." The Mediterranean world has been a focus of political intrigue for centuries. Topics focus on current issues facing the regions of Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and more.



9-14-2014

"Africa: A Continent of Conflict." Experts from the U.S. Foreign Service shed light on topics ranging from Angola to Zimbabwe. What are U.S. priorities in Africa? What explains China’s interest in Africa?



10-26-2014

"U.S & China: Challenge and Opportunity in Asia." Examine US foreign policy as it relates to China and Asia. Topics center on China’s rising economic might and regional influence, North Korea, human rights, and much more.



11-9-2014

“Close to Home: The U.S. and Its Neighbors." Topics focus on the Western Hemisphere, life after Castro and the easing of restraints in Cuba; Brazil’s rise as a regional powerhouse; the future of "Chavismo" in Venezuela; the Drug War, immigration and border issues in Mexico; and other regional hot-button topics.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Washington

From the sophisticated ambiance of Georgetown to the bohemian rush of Adams Morgan, D.C. is a world-class city offering visitors an unparalleled blend of history, politics and culture. One of our nation's magnificent metropolitan creations, it is home to grand monuments, humbling memorials, and some of the country’s most visionary architecture.



Accommodations
Full service, boutique hotel located in upper Georgetown.
Meals and Lodgings
   Savoy Suites Hotel
  Washington, DC 3 nights
 Savoy Suites Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Georgetown!!
  Contact info: 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007 USA
phone: 202-337-9700
web: www.savoysuites.com
  Room amenities: All suite style rooms. Mid-size refrigerator; cable television; two-line touch-tone phones equipped with data ports, voicemail and automated wake up calls; clock-radio; iron and ironing board; hair dryer; Electronic Key Card locking system.
  Facility amenities: FREE High Speed Wireless Internet Access; 20.00/night on-site garage parking with full in & out privileges; 24-hour concierge/front desk services; valet services; business office, secretarial, and copying services; late check-in for visitors with guaranteed reservations; complimentary use of the Washington Sports Club, a full-service health club (one block from the hotel); outdoor jogging and bicycling on the towpath of the C&O Canal National Historical Park; room service; complimentary Internet kiosks in our lounge; vending room; coin-operated laundry; complimentary door-to-door Metro shuttle service..
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please call the hotel reservations department at 202-337-9700 to reserve additional nights prior to or following the program. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group and they will offer you the best possible rate.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Please call the hotel reservations department at 202-337-9700 to reserve additional nights prior to or following the program. Mention that you are with the Road Scholar group and they will offer you the best possible rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Start Time: Hotel check in is at 3:00 pm. Road Scholar program begins at 4:30 pm. You will be staying at Savoy Suites Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
End Time 1:00 pm. Hotel Check out is at 12:00, bags can be left at the front desk. You will be staying at Savoy Suites Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please return the Pre Security Form at your earliest convenience.
  Parking availability:
Onsite and Garage Parking available at the hotel for $20.00 per night with full in & out privileges.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Washington, DC
  Nearest city or town:  Washington, DC
  Nearest highway: I-95 (I-495, I-395)
  Nearest airport:  Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  From End of Program
  Location: Washington, DC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

SAVOY SUITES COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE SERVICE

 

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

0.0
Prices are subject to change.

   

Complimentary shuttle service is provided from the ADAMS MORGAN/WOODLEY PARK-ZOO METRO STOP. Please call 202-577-5355 to schedule a pick up. Shuttle Service hours are Monday thru Friday 6:30am - 10:30am & 4:00pm - 10:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 12:00pm & 4:00pm - 10:00pm

 

From all area airports

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-BLU-EVAN
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See "comments" section
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

See section for each individual airport 

 

Distance:

 

See section for each individual airport

   

From BWI: $35 for first guest, $12 for each additional guest, $1 fuel surcharge per person. From IAD: $29 for first guest, $10 for each additional guest, no fuel surcharge. From DCA: $14 for first guest, $10 for each additional guest, no fuel surcharge. (Prices quoted in December 2008, based on using the "shared van" service.)

 

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Please make sure to schedule plenty of time to travel from IAD to the hotel (and back).

 

Union Station

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15-20 minutes, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

Union Station is the end station for Amtrak, MARC and VRE trains. The DC bus terminal (stop for Greyhound, Peter Pan, and other major bus lines) is located two blocks north of Union Station.

 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

6 miles

   

DCA is the closest airport to our location.

 

Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

BWI is the least convenient airport to our location, but often offers the lowest airfares to the DC area.

 
Driving Directions
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE NORTH (I-95) AND BWI AIRPORT -From BWI Airport, follow signs to I-95 South. -Continue on I-95 South to I-495 West toward Silver Spring. -Stay on I-495 about 8 miles. -Take exit 34 which is Route 355 South/Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike. -Take a LEFT turn at the end of the ramp onto Wisconsin Avenue which is also Route 355 South/Rockville Pike. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 7 miles. -Pass the National Cathedral at Massachusetts Avenue. -Go 3 blocks to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your LEFT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE EAST (US Route 50) -Take US Route 50 (West) toward Washington. -Follow signs for New York Avenue. -Continue to the end of New York Avenue at 7th Street. -Take a RIGHT onto 7th Street. -Go 5 blocks on 7th Street. -Take a LEFT onto P Street. -Continue on P Street to Logan Circle. -Go ½ way around Logan Circle and continue on P Street. -Continue on P Street to Dupont Circle. -Go ½ way around Dupont Circle and continue on P Street. -Continue on P Street for about 3 miles through the residential neighborhood of Georgetown. -Take a RIGHT onto Wisconsin Avenue. -Go 6 blocks to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your RIGHT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE FROM THE SOUTH (I-95) -Follow I-95 North. -At the Capital Beltway take I-395 North toward Washington. In about 5 miles you will pass the Pentagon on your left. -Continue about ½ mile to the 14th Street Bridge. -Continue onto the bridge. -Merge to the LEFT lanes before the end of the bridge. The sign will say “US Route 1 North”. You will come off the bridge onto 14th Street. -Continue straight on 14th Street. -Take a LEFT on I (Eye) Street. -Continue on I Street until it merges with Pennsylvania Avenue (around 20th Street) at Washington Circle. -Go ½ way around Washington Circle and continue on Pennsylvania Avenue. -Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue which merges onto M Street. -Go 6 blocks on M Street. -Take a RIGHT onto Wisconsin Avenue. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 1 mile to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your RIGHT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE NORTHWEST (I-270) -Take I-270 South toward Washington. -At the Capitol Beltway, follow I-495 East toward Silver Spring/College Park. -Do NOT follow signs that say Washington I-495 West or South. -Continue on I-495 about 1 mile. -Take exit 34 which is Route 355 South/Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike. -Take a LEFT turn at the end of the ramp onto Wisconsin Avenue which is also Route 355 South/Rockville Pike. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 7 miles. -Pass the National Cathedral at Massachusetts Avenue. -Go 3 blocks to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your LEFT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
  TO THE SAVOY SUITES FROM THE WEST (I-66) AND DULLES AIRPORT -From Dulles Airport, take the “Dulles Access Road” (NOT THE TOLL ROAD) to I-66 East. -From other points west, take I-66 EAST toward Washington. -Continue into Washington on I-66. You will see the Kennedy Center on your left. -Follow the signs for Constitution Avenue. -Turn LEFT on 23rd Street shortly after merging onto Constitution Avenue. -Go straight on 23rd Street about 5 blocks, until you get to Washington Circle. -Go ¾ way around Washington Circle and continue on Pennsylvania Avenue. -Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue which merges onto M Street. -Go 6 blocks on M Street. -Take a RIGHT onto Wisconsin Avenue. -Continue on Wisconsin Avenue about 1 mile to the Savoy Suites Hotel on your RIGHT at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue.
Equipment Requirements: While not required, we suggest bringing a notebook for use during lectures. As the hotel offers free high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the facility, feel free to bring your wireless-enabled laptop computers.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Registration / Orientation & Opening Presentation
(Sunday, April 27)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 p.m.
Registration: After you have your room assignment, program registration begins at 4:30 p.m. in the hotel lobby, where you will pick up your arrival packets including your name tag and the most up-to-date schedule that we'll review during orientation this evening.
 Dinner: Enjoy a full buffet dinner in the hotel restaurant. Begin getting to know your fellow participants and find out what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning and discovery.
 Evening: Orientation: After dinner, you'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll review the updated schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Orientation will last approximately an hour. Following orientation, enjoy an introduction to the Foreign Service, embassies, the Department of State, and the work performed by diplomats around the world. Our particular focus in this program is U.S Foreign policy as it relates to Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and more.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Expert Presentations/ Free Afternoon / Evening Program
(Monday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full buffet breakfast including an array of cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, and hot and cold entrées in the hotel restaurant. They begin serving at 7:00 p.m.
 Morning: This morning we’ll enjoy two topical presentations, with a short break in between. Presenters are active or retired diplomats who are experts on each topic. So that the subjects and areas being discussed will be as current and relevant as possible, speakers are not finalized until a few weeks before the program; however, you can expect the speakers in this program to address some or more of the following: U.S. foreign policy, Arab Spring, Turkey & European Union, and more.
 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Follow up and expand on the morning discussions with another presentation led by one of our experts. Then, enjoy free time to explore our nation’s capital on your own. We highly recommend some of the neighborhood attractions such as Washington National Cathedral, Dumbarton Oaks museum and gardens, and Embassy Row.
 Dinner: Buffet at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Hear from another Foreign Service expert on a topic of current interest followed by a film, typically documentary-style and related to the subject of the program. Films generally last 1-2 hours.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Embassy Field Trip / Expert Presentations / Evening Program
(Tuesday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel restaurant. Depending on the morning travel schedule, time for breakfast may be a bit shorter than usual. If that is the case, the coordinators will let you know the previous evening.
 Morning: Board our bus for a field trip to a foreign embassy. In this program, we might visit the Embassy of Turkey, Egypt, or the Kingdom of Morocco. Trip sites will be determined a few weeks before the program commences.) There are more than 170 foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. Embassies usually comprise of several facilities. An embassy "residence" is the ambassador's official home, while the "chancery" is where diplomatic offices are located. Other facilities might include a separate office for cultural or military attaché or for consular operations. Whether an embassy or the headquarters of a special interest group, we will meet with officials who will tell you how they represent the interests of their nation or organization.
 Lunch: Buffet at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Take in two lectures led by experts who will share their personal experiences of working in the Foreign Service. Then, enjoy a few hours to explore the city on your own, talk with new friends or just relax.
 Dinner: Buffet at the hotel.
 Evening: Continue your studies of the Foreign Service with another expert-led topical discussion.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Expert Presentations / Wrap-up Session / Program Concludes
(Wednesday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Enjoy a final lecture led by one of our experts. Then, we'll review the highlights of what we've learned, address any lingering questions, and invite ideas from the group for improvement of the program. Hotel check-out time is 12:00 p.m.
 Lunch: Our closing lunch will begin slightly later than usual, at approximately 12:30 p.m. If you need to depart early, the kitchen staff can provide you with a simple boxed lunch to go. The program concludes with lunch. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Newspapers


Author: Various


Description: We do not require any reading prior to the program. We do recommend staying current on the news, as our topics will be current. Following the program, we will distribute a list of recommended readings to follow up on the course content.





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