Alan Leshner, the departing chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, publisher of Science & Diplomacy), reflects on the importance of engaging the science community in science diplomacy.
The U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative relied on scientific literacy in the diplomatic negotiations for its success, benefiting international nuclear science cooperation and nonproliferation.
The Ibero-American Programme for Science, Technology and Development and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research are two instructive approaches to strengthening regional scientific capacity and relationships.
Over fifteen years, four science and technology advisers have served the U.S. secretary of state, building science capacity in the department, offering advice on policy, and serving as liaisons to the scientific community.
Today’s global challenges and opportunities require an international, multi-sectoral approach, and the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum is one venue for leaders and experts to meet to develop science and technology for the benefit of all people.