The World Affairs Councils of America will host a webinar Thursday, September 10, at 4:00-5:00 PM ET, to discuss a new initiative from the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The discussion will be moderated by WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford. Register here
The goal of this initiative - The American Diplomacy Project: A Foreign Service for the 21st Century - is to produce a nonpartisan report on how the White House, both parties in Congress, the State Department leadership, and concerned citizens can lead an effort to rebuild the Foreign Service for the next half-century. The report will be released following the November U.S. presidential election.
The American Diplomacy Project intends to address the serious challenges the Foreign Service has faced during administrations of both parties, including inadequate budgetary support to train and sustain the nation’s diplomats, increased politicization of the Foreign Service, and the need to recruit and retain the very best women and men from every part of the country and every ethnic and religious group.