September 10, 2020
The World Affairs Councils of America will host a webinar TODAY, 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.

**WACA has received permission from the American Diplomacy Project to share the attached two-page Draft Recommendations to Strengthen the Foreign Service of the United States. We encourage you to read this document to stimulate your questions for our distinguished speakers during the audience Q&A. Your perspectives are highly sought after and appreciated.
Vice Chairman,Cohen Group
Former WACA Chairman
Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Harvard Kennedy School
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.

This WACA webinar is free and open to all. As part of a national discussion about the purpose and future of the U.S. diplomatic corps, the speakers welcome questions and comments from the audience. They will also seek feedback from members of Congress and the wider public.

For more information about The American Diplomacy Project, please contact Ambassador Ries at

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