A Community of Foreign Affairs Professionals
The Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Affairs Council is the policy forum, alumni network, and charitable fund for the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority. The Council brings together individuals from business, government, and academia to hold regular events for members and the general public, publish articles and reports to inform foreign policy decision-making, and support international affairs education through grant and scholarship programs. Based in Washington, DC, the Council is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.
The Council’s mission 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 Council advances its mission through a range of public and private programming, including:
- Policy Forums: The Council’s 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 Phoenician: The Delta Phi Epsilon Journal of Foreign Affairs.
- Networking Events: As part of its efforts to promote fellowship among practitioners and scholars, the Council hosts closed-door events for members.
- Expert Testimony: The Council’s members provide relevant data and international relations research to federal administrative agencies, courts, and intergovernmental organizations.
- Scholarships and Grants: The Council supports the study of foreign affairs through a variety of merit- and need-based grant and scholarship programs, including an annual paper competition as part of the Council symposium.
- The Phoenician: The Phoenician is the Council’s peer-reviewed journal. Published biannually, the journal 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 Council 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.
We’re a strategic partner of the American Foreign Service Association, the professional association for active-duty and retired Foreign Service Officers and specialists at the U.S. Department of State, as well as members of the Foreign Service from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other civilian foreign affairs agencies. Learn more about our partnership here.
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.
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 was then rechristened the Foreign Affairs Council in 2018 to more accurately reflect its public policy and educational functions. The Council operates independently from the Fraternity and Sorority.