I'm honored to lead www.harvardforeignpolicy.org. Our vision is to be the most influential foreign policy student organization in the world. I've built a team of 28 to lead the creation of:
- The world's largest foreign policy program for high school students. Inaugural class of 615 students from 62 countries and 150+ speakers including Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Steve Schwarzman.
- An annual rotating Harvard-Tsinghua U.S.-China Young Leaders Dialogue to produce a joint communiqué; in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Shanghai Communiqué in 2022
- An interdisciplinary foreign policy forum bringing together Harvard students and faculty from all disciplines—medicine, law, business, engineering, the arts, etc.
- Harvard’s largest undergraduate-led research program (several hundred Harvard undergraduates each semester); past partners include State Dept, Pentagon, White House National Security Council, Intelligence Community, Facebook, and foreign governments on every continent.
- A leadership speaker series where we've hosted conversations with David Petraeus, Robert Gates, Wendy Sherman, Steve Hadley, William McRaven, among others.
- Jointly-organized foreign policy summits on every continent in partnership with top foreign universities
Leading Harvard's undergraduate foreign policy group to jointly organize with Tsinghua University's Student Association for Global Affairs—the first partnership of its kind at the undergraduate level between the U.S. and China's leading universities. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of U.S.-China rapproachement, we are drafting a joint communiqué to:
- Outline the most consequential issues facing humanity: 1) space & life beyond Earth on the Moon and Mars, 2) sustainable energy, 3) AI, 4) genetic engineering, 5) global digital finance, 6) and global digital trade.
- Formulate a productive framework for the United States and China to handle these issues; for those issues that are more competitive—defining the rules of competition; for those issues that can be more cooperative—leverage complementary strengths to achieve a solution through synergy.
- Jointly present these proposals to senior American and Chinese leaders in politics, business, technology, and finance across virtual meetings in classrooms at Harvard and Tsinghua.
HBS students might apply management theory and organizational behavior to the Communisty Party of China, Harvard Medical School students might provide an in-depth psychological analysis of a prominent world leader, or a student from Harvard Design School might break down what makes effective propaganda.
Moderated keynote conversations with Dr. Henry Kissinger (U.S. Secretary of State), Eric Schmidt (Google/Alphabet), Graham Allison (Harvard Kennedy School), Steve Schwarzman (Blackstone), Joshua Cooper Ramo (Kissinger Associates), John Brennan (CIA Director), Robert O'Brien (U.S. National Security Advisor), and Tamir Pardo (Mossad Director). Other guests included Leon Panetta (SecDef/CIA Director), Michèle Flournoy (Under Secretary of Defense for Policy), and Gen. John Allen (Brookings).
Full guest list
Coverage by the Harvard Gazette
- David Petraeus (CIA Director)
- John Bolton (U.S. National Security Advisor)
- Robert Gates (CIA Director/U.S. Secretary of Defense)
- Wendy Sherman (U.S. Deputy Secretary of State)
- H. R. McMaster (U.S. National Security Advisor)
- Nicholas Burns (U.S. Ambassador to China)
- Steve Hadley (U.S. National Security Advisor)
- William McRaven (Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command)
- Jared Cohen (CEO, Jigsaw, Alphabet)
- Kent Walker (SVP, Global Affairs, Google)
- Ben Rhodes (Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor)
General David Petraeus: “You clearly assembled an impressive group and you guided it very nicely. Please share with whomever leads the program there next year that I would be willing to do another such event."
Harvard Undergraduate Thesis—A Case Study in Applied History: Lessons from Dr. Henry Kissinger’s Opening to China for Sino-U.S. Techno-Diplomacy
Ongoing undergraduate thesis in government advised by Founding Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School Graham Allison.
Henry Kissinger: "Dear Mr. Ferguson: Graham Allison has introduced me to many bright and interesting students over our decades of friendship, but you are the very first to use technology to render me a great kindness. My staff has walked me through the remarkable interface you have assembled on my travels as Secretary of State. It is a delightful resource for students and scholars of American foreign policy. I am amazed and grateful... I would like to set up a brief phone call with you to express my thanks directly. We will be in touch."
General David Petraeus: "It is seriously impressive and should be a great guide for others seeking to do this for other senior officials over the years."