Every career path hits some bumps. As President Trump’s ”America First” agenda impacts the State Department with budget cuts and hiring freezes, this year’s crop of grad students may be reassessing their options. Just 20 percent of one D.C. program’s international affairs graduates now land in the public sector, and experts say Trump is cementing a trend of students heading away from government work. As for foreign scholars, it may be a blessing for their home countries — often blighted by “brain drain” — as highly trained graduates return home.



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