Blog Posts in Diplomacy

  • August 13, 2020
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    “Building Back Better” in Foreign Policy

    John Glenn in Congress, Diplomacy, Global Development | August 13, 2020

    As the election approaches, foreign policy observers are starting to examine the state of the world the President will face in January 2021 and ask what the next Administration would or should do. The draft Democratic platform offers a glimpse into how foreign policy might figure into a Biden Administration’s vision to “build back better.”

  • July 27, 2020
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    In Pursuit of a More Diverse American Diplomatic Corps

    Madison Handy in Diplomacy | July 27, 2020

    As America continues a nationwide dialogue on race, and industries and organizations are being called upon to address systemic racism, increased scrutiny has also fallen upon America’s diplomacy and development agencies. Just as America’s foreign policy affects our local communities, our domestic challenges can also have global repercussions. Current and former officials, in cooperation with bipartisan Members of Congress, agree that to achieve our foreign policy goals abroad, America’s diplomats must look more like America.

  • July 10, 2020
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    Top 6 Takeaways from Exercise of Power by Secretary Bob Gates

    Liz Schrayer in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | July 10, 2020

    In his new book, Exercise of Power, Secretary Gates reflects on the successes and shortcomings of the U.S. on the global stage, and offers his perspective on a new path forward to confront today’s greatest global challenges.

  • April 23, 2020
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    Pandemics Don’t Know Borders, International Cooperation Critical

    Luke Wenz in Diplomacy, National Security | April 23, 2020

    The catastrophic domestic and global effects of coronavirus begs the question: why was the world so unprepared for this virus? In search of some answers, I recently spoke with Ambassador Roger Meece, former U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2004 – 2007) and Malawi (2000 – 2003) and a member of the USGLC’s Washington State Advisory Committee.

  • July 12, 2019
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    On the Issues: Democratic Candidates Address Foreign Policy

    John Glenn in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | July 12, 2019

    What have 2020 candidates been saying about America’s role in the world? Watch this space for updates on foreign policy on the campaign trail.

  • April 5, 2019
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    Seven Things to Know About NATO at 70

    John Glenn in Diplomacy | April 5, 2019

    Here are seven things to know about NATO at 70 which highlight that the alliance is much more than a promise to honor the principle “an attack on one is an attack on all.”

  • January 29, 2019
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    3 Things to Watch in Venezuela’s Crisis

    Sung Lee in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | January 29, 2019

    The path forward in Venezuela remains uncertain since National Assembly President Juan Guaidó took the oath of office and declared himself the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. He was quickly recognized by the United States, Canada, and much of Central and Latin America, even as Russia, China, and Turkey warned they would continue to support President Maduro. While the Administration insists that no options are “off the table,” it has so far focused on a strong diplomatic and economic response to defend democratic values and encourage a peaceful transition of power. As the crisis unfolds, here are three critical issues to watch as the hunger and political crisis in Venezuela continues to spiral downward.

  • December 17, 2018
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    A Celebration of America’s Frontline Civilian Heroes

    Carrie Waltemeyer in Diplomacy, Global Development | December 17, 2018

    Earlier this month, at the USGLC ‘s 2018 Tribute Dinner, we celebrated a group of remarkable individuals who represent the best of our country abroad—America’s diplomats and development professionals. From USAID to the State Department, MCC to the Peace Corps, OPIC to USTDA and beyond, America’s civilian frontline personnel work tirelessly to empower women, bring clean water to new places, improve global health, and strengthen our bonds with allies.

  • December 14, 2018
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    Top 6 Takeaways from the Administration’s New Africa Strategy

    Zach Wehrli in Diplomacy, National Security | December 14, 2018

    At the Heritage Foundation yesterday, National Security Advisor John Bolton introduced the Administration’s new Africa strategy, which he said reflects the president’s “central campaign promise” to put the interests of the American people first.

  • October 18, 2018
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    Two Podcasts for the Diplomat in All of Us

    Matthew Wright in Diplomacy, National Security | October 18, 2018

    As Americans continue to debate the cost and importance of our country’s participation on the world stage, it is more important than ever to understand just what the men and women of the U.S. State Department really do. Thankfully, two new podcast series offer listeners an inside look into how America’s diplomats advance and defend U.S. national interests around the world.