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Inside American Diplomacy With the Foreign Service

Program Number: 18260RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/12/2014 - 10/16/2014; 3/1/2015 - 3/5/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/16/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/21/2015; 9/20/2015 - 9/24/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/22/2015; 11/15/2015 - 11/19/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Price starting at: $999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Political Science
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

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.
• Have lunch in a historic home, and discover more about DC’s diplomatic community and our Capital on a coach guided fieldtrip of “Embassy Row.”



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing; must be able to get on/off bus.



Enjoy a three-night version of this program with additional topics. Go to www.roadscholar.org/20545.




Date Specific Information

10-12-2014, 3-1-2015

The Middle East, Southeast Asia, and global Terrorism: Topics center on instability in the Middle East, balancing interests in the South Asian subcontinent, and combating global terrorist movements. Examine U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Israel/Palestine, trace the spread of terrorist movements from Indonesia to Myanmar, and assess the causes and consequences of the “Arab Spring.”



4-12-2015, 11-15-2015

The Geopolitics of Nation States and Sovereignty: In this all encompassing program, topics center on U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Republics; the European Union, China & Taiwan, Sudan, revolutionary movements in the Middle East, Israel/Palestine, and more.



5-17-2015, 9-20-2015

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, investment in Africa, and human rights. Discuss the thriving culture and democracy of India, challenges on the Korean Peninsula, and more.



10-18-2015

The Middle East, Southeast Asia, and global Terrorism: Topics center on instability in the Middle East, balancing interests in the South Asian subcontinent, and combating global terrorist movements. Examine U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Israel/Palestine, trace the spread of terrorist movements from Indonesia to Myanmar, and assess the causes and consequences of the “Arab Spring.”



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 4 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. Also, please be prepared to present a GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID at any embassy and/or other government facilities which we may visit during the program.
  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
 

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

6 miles

   

DCA is the closest airport to our location. We recommend taking a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Taxis strongly prefer to be paid in cash.

 

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: $40 for first guest, $15 for each additional guest, $1 fuel surcharge per person. From IAD: $30 for first guest, $10 for each additional guest, no fuel surcharge. From DCA: $20 for first guest, $10 for each additional guest, no fuel surcharge. (Prices quoted in December 2013, based on using the "shared van" service.)

 

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.

 

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.

 
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 -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.
  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, March 1)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00

REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, program registration begins at 4:30pm in the hotel lobby, where you will pick up your Welcome packets including your name tag and up-to-date schedule

 Dinner: 6:00pm Enjoy a 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: Review the itinerary with your Group Leader, then enjoy an indroductory lecture on the Foreign Service.
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Expert-led Lectures / Lunch at the hotel / Afternoon Break / Dinner / Evening Lecture
(Monday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: LECTURES: We will have two this morning, one from 9:00-10:15am and the other from 10:40am-12:00pm. There will be a short break in between

Speakers 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 start of the program

 Lunch: Enjoy a lunch buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: LECTURE from 1:00-2:30pm

FREE AFTERNOON: You’ll have free time from 2:30-6:00pm 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: Enjoy a dinner buffet at the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: EVENING LECTURE:
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Historian guided fieldtrip of Embassy Row / Lunch at Historic Home in Downtown Washington, Free Afternoon and Evening
(Tuesday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Discover the history of DC's "Embassy Row" and more on a coach guided fieldtrip through our nation's capital

Afterwards, go inside an embassy and meet with diplomats to gain a deeper unstanding of embassy functionality.

 Lunch: We will enjoy lunch and a tour at the historic DACOR Bacon House in downtown Washington, DC.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon & evening
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Expert Lectures / Lunch / Afternoon Lecture and optional film screening / Farewell dinner / Evening Lecture
(Wednesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: LECTURES: Enjoy two expert led presentations
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afternoon Lecture followed by a film viewing.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner
 Evening: Evening Lecture:
   
Accommodations: Savoy Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Morning Lecture and Wrap-Up, Check Out and Lunch
(Thursday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: breakfast buffet served in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Morning Lecture followed by brief program "wrap up", concluding by 10:30am: Here, we’ll review program highlights, address any lingering questions.
 Lunch: Lunch at 12:30pm. If you need to depart early, the kitchen staff can provide you with a simple boxed lunch to go. The program concludes with lunch.
   
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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