The Untapped Potential of Science Diplomacy as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy

  • Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012
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    Paula Dobriansky, Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs; Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

    With a Response by:

    Vaughan Turekian, Chief International Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    Moderated by:

    Daniel F. Runde, Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Through science diplomacy, countries with strained relations can build trust through collaboration on apolitical endeavors, with mutually beneficial results. Science diplomacy has for a long time been one of the less publicized and under-appreciated approaches to confronting the United States' diplomatic challenges.  During the Cold War, science diplomacy played a strong role in bridging the gap and building relationships between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Today, diplomacy through scientific cooperation continues to advance U.S. foreign policy goals with respect to other complex bilateral and multilateral relationships.

    In this conversation, two of the most prominent leaders in this field will examine both the legacy and the potential of science diplomacy. Dr. Dobriansky will discuss her direct experience with science diplomacy during her time as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. She will also elaborate on how and why science diplomacy should be a permanent, robust foreign policy instrument of the U.S. government. She will be joined by Dr. Turekian, Director of AAAS's Center for Science Diplomacy and Editor-in-Chief of its quarterly Science & Diplomacy.

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    3:30 to 5:00PM
    Fourth Floor Conference Room
    CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

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