New Letter from the Field
Nobel laureate Peter Agre reflects on how fellow laureate Linus Pauling, recipient of the 1954 chemistry prize and the 1962 peace prize, was an exemplar of how a scientist can advance science, promote its responsible use, and foster friendships worldwide.
Science diaspora communities in the United States already play a critical role in fostering economic growth and solutions to global challenges, and U.S. diplomacy should support diaspora networks to help build a new architecture of cooperation.
Iran’s electricity exports, untouched by European and U.S. sanctions, serve as an alternative outlet for Iran’s extensive natural gas reserves and also support Iran's aspirations of long-term regional influence.
How a science diplomat’s career was influenced by things he learned from his father: a shared commitment to solving a problem is the bedrock of a friendship, life is not linear, and change requires challenging the orthodoxy.
Health diplomacy has been a feature of U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War. Deeper engagement, with closer public and private sector cooperation, will alleviate global suffering and contribute to a more stable world.
The U.S. should better leverage its science diplomacy to address domestic priorities such as in urban environments; improved coordination between domestically focused agencies is needed to align international cooperation with domestic missions.
Given the complex and adversarial official relationship between the United States and Iran, mutually beneficial areas of scientific cooperation can be important for both advancing knowledge and promoting understanding.
An integrated science diplomacy agenda could further bolster the transatlantic relationship by better linking S&T collaboration to policy cooperation, two elements that are individually strong but often not well coupled.
The Middle East Regional Cooperation (MERC) program, which encourages cooperation between Israelis, Palestinians, and other Arab partners, advances science and professional relationships.
As young people around the world confront such challenges and threats as disease, unemployment, and violence, foreign policy leaders should look to science and its potential to help find solutions.