A Community of Foreign Affairs Professionals
The Delta Phi Epsilon Society for Foreign Affairs is an independent, Washington, DC-based nonprofit public policy forum founded by alumni of the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority. The Society brings regular foreign policy events to its members and the general public, publishes analyses to inform foreign policy decision-making, and supports international affairs education through its grant and scholarship programs.
The mission of the Delta Phi Epsilon Society for Foreign Affairs is to support the practice and study of foreign affairs and international business by current and future generations of diplomats, officers, scholars, and professionals.
The Society advances its mission through a range of public and private programming, including:
- Policy Forums: The Society’s monthly programming includes expert lectures, roundtables, and debates on key questions and current events in international relations.
- Annual Symposium: Each year, members gather to present research on topics including international business, law, comparative politics, and foreign languages and cultures. The proceedings of the symposium are made publicly available through a special edition of the Society’s journal.
- Networking Events: As part of its efforts to promote fellowship among practitioners and scholars, the Society hosts closed-door events for members.
- Expert Testimony: The Society provides relevant data and international relations research to federal administrative agencies, courts, and intergovernmental organizations.
- Scholarships and Grants: The Society supports the study of foreign affairs through a variety of merit- and need-based grant and scholarship programs, including an annual research competition as part of the Society’s symposium.
- The Delta Phi Epsilon Journal of Foreign Affairs: The Society’s peer-reviewed Journal of Foreign Affairs features work by members and guest contributors on current topics in foreign policy. The Journal also offers publishing opportunities to the next generation of practitioners through regularly featured student notes.
- The Ethics Project: A standing committee on ethics works to promote professional responsibility through special events, guidance, and publications on a range of topics, including foreign bribery and corruption, privacy and intelligence collection, diplomatic service in repressive host states, and corporate social responsibility.
As a membership-based, nonpartisan nonprofit organization, the Society relies on the support of its individual members, community donors, and foundation grants to continue fostering engagement in foreign policy in Washington, DC and throughout the country.
Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority
Delta Phi Epsilon began in 1919 with four veterans of the First World War, who were brought together at Georgetown University’s newly founded School of Foreign Service. At first only sharing a common experience in overseas military service, the founders were drawn together by a common vision of a professional foreign service fraternity for future graduates of the School of Foreign Service and others in the field. The group formally incorporated in 1920. The Fraternity expanded to include a Professional Foreign Service Sorority in 1973.
Since those first four students met, Delta Phi Epsilon has promoted the practice of American foreign policy among students and alumni from 24 leading universities. Delta Phi Epsilon members have served with distinction in the United States Foreign Service, armed forces, intelligence community, academia, and international business.
In 2014, the Delta Phi Epsilon Fraternity’s National Convention endorsed a joint Fraternity-Sorority alumni project to publish a peer-reviewed journal, disburse scholarships to students initiated into Delta Phi Epsilon, and organize an annual symposium to provide a forum for students and alumni to network and share ongoing international relations research. The Society for Foreign Affairs was incorporated in 2016 to administer these and related programs. The Society is operated independently of the Fraternity and Sorority’s National Board of Directors.
To learn more about the Fraternity and Sorority, see the official website for the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority’s national organization.