How to Build a More Diverse Foreign Policy Sector
Oct 16, 2018
For many, the terms “male, pale and Yale” come to mind when thinking of foreign policy leadership. This can have dire consequences for foreign policy practice. As civic and community engagement firm Vestige Strategies notes in a recent report on diversity and inclusion in the foreign policy sector, a lack of diversity not only disenfranchises minority groups working for the world's leading institutions, but also impacts how these institutions work with minority groups around the world.
The statistics on diversity within the foreign policy world speak volumes—in an assessment of 20 non-governmental and non-academic organizations prominent in Washington, D.C., the firm found that while 80 percent of these organizations incorporate diversity in their recruitment, hiring, development and promotion policies, many lack the accountability structures and financial resources to improve inclusion models.
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Skip to content Robin Barnett
Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin
Part of Brexit
2nd June 2020 Dublin, Ireland
A week in the life of Robin Barnett Many people have asked me how an Embassy can operate virtually. After all, diplomacy is something of a contact sport. The answer lies in a combination of good IT, a great team, lots of imagination and creativity, a network of contacts, a lot of hard work and, crucially, by recharging your mobile phone at every opportunity! Let me give you a practical example.
The publication of the UK’s approach to the Ireland / Northern Ireland Protocol last Wednesday made for a busy day for me and colleagues in Dublin as well as London, Belfast, Brussels and elsewhere. But the preparation had begun much earlier. Like most organisations, the British Civil Service has relied heavily on e-mail exchanges and face to face meetings when doing business. But preparing for and gathering reactions to the launch of our paper required a variety of secure technical solution..
CPD is now accepting applications for the CPD Research Fellowship, which CPD created in 2009 to support and publicize the work of scholars and practitioners of public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. Every fall, three non-resident fellows are selected, each serving a two-year term.CPD Research Fellows will be expected to oversee a substantive research project that will yield at least two outputs, including one publication for the CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy series that is due by June 1, 2021. The second output could consist of a series for the CPD Blog, or another type of product that the Fellow develops with the Center. CPD welcomes proposals that examine both the historical and contemporary practice of public diplomacy conducted anywhere in the world. The selected candidates will each receive a $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the fellowship. In addition, the Center will offer research assistance as needed and as available from students in the Mas..Read more
Ministar spoljnih poslova Danske, Anders Samuelsen Photo: thelocal.dk Svako od nas se ovih dana u govoru susreo sa novim terminom „digitalni ambasador“ i zapitao šta on konkretno znači. Po čemu bi se digitalni ambasador razlikovao od običnog ambasadora? Koja bi bila njegova zaduženja? Odgovore na ova pitanja još uvek ne možemo potražiti u savremenim rečnicimaRead more
hsgac.senate.gov; on the current controversy re Confucius Institutes, see also (1) (2)
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Statement of General Mitchell “Mick” Zais [JB – see] Deputy Secretary U.S. Deparment of Education (ED) Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Chairman Portman, Ranking Member Carper, and other distinguished Members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. As a retired Army Brigadier General, whose national security background includes a tour of duty as the Pentagon’s Chief of War Plans, I fully understand the importance of ensuring that our institutions of higher education maintain their academic independence free from foreign malign influence. Concerns about foreign malign influence over, or access to, our nation’s colleges and universities have surfaced from time-to-time over the years in various parts of the Federal government. In response to those and other concerns, ove..