Felix Rippy is a longtime Indiana legal professional who has attended Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and will soon be working toward a doctoral degree. Admitted to the Florida International University PhD program in Public Policy and Public Administration, Felix Rippy recently attended a university sponsored event in Miami.
The Transatlantic Dialogue Symposium encompassed public policy analysts spanning Europe and the United States, and brought focus to issues such as health care rights and sustainable public safety. One major issue facing those focused on transatlantic issues is the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
This is particularly important considering the cultural and historic links between the UK and United States, and the “special relationship” that has existed for decades. Post-Brexit, it seems likely that America will have to navigate a more multifarious landscape when negotiating issues with the EU. This extends from trade to shared defense under NATO. The UK will lose its seat on the European Council, and thus its status as a primary point of contact for the United States in general European affairs. Felix Rippy visited at the conference with Dr. Milena Neshkova, an Indiana Ph.D. now head of graduate programs at Florida International University.
While this change may be disruptive, the potential is there for America to develop a more nuanced relationship with EU partners that will reflect a totality of views and strategic objectives.
Since 2015, Felix Rippy has studied at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In preparation for his future professional pursuits, Felix Rippy recently traveled to Washington, DC, to attend one of SPEA’s Career Exploration and Networking Trips (CNETs).
Offered annually in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Washington, DC, the CNETs present SPEA students with opportunities to plan and prepare for their future careers. On the trips, students meet with representatives from several business sectors and gain practical knowledge in pursuing specific career paths. Students also have the opportunity to make connections that may benefit them when they enter the workforce.
Each trip includes a networking event with SPEA alumni from government agencies such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. SPEA alumni from companies such as Deloitte Consulting have also attended past CNET events.
Felix Rippy recently attended the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue sponsored in Miami, FL, by Florida International University, where Felix Rippy will soon be pursuing his Ph.D. Indiana University has also offered Felix Rippy a highly competitive seminar in Sweden to learn Swedish healthcare policy for possible American implementation, that has provided Sweden with a higher average income and higher life expectancy than the United States.