E. William Colglazier

E. William Colglazier is the editor-in-chief of Science & Diplomacy. He is the former Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences (1994-2011), former Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (2011-14), and former co-chair of the Ten Member Group at the U.N. advising on science, technology, and innovation for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (2016-18).

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America’s Science Policy and Science Diplomacy After COVID-19

By E. William Colglazier - 06/28/2020

I believe that science policy and science diplomacy can play a key part in getting America back on track, but that first requires a candid assessment of what has gone wrong with our science advisory ecosystem and science-policy-society interface.

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Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Catastrophic Failures of the Science-Policy Interface

By E. William Colglazier - 04/09/2020

Catastrophic failures of the science-policy interface in many countries and globally have led to disastrous outcomes for public health, the economy, and international collaboration. 

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Science Diplomacy and Future Worlds

By E. William Colglazier - 09/13/2018

Over the past decade, the use of scientific expertise to advance diplomacy has achieved a number of successes in furthering peace, security, and prosperity. Yet there have also been reversals in important areas that until recently had seen progress.

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The Sustainable Development Goals: Roadmaps to Progress

By E. William Colglazier - 05/01/2018

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda have been called a gift to humanity, though much work remains to be done.

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Empowering the Next Generation of Arms-Control Diplomats: An Interview with Dr. Lassina Zerbo

Lassina Zerbo is executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the 2018 recipient of the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy.

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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

By E. William Colglazier - 01/19/2018

The number one international priority must continue to be preventing nuclear weapons from ever being used again. How to do that consistent with protecting our nation and contributing to a peaceful world is the challenge.

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Science, Politics, and Climate

By E. William Colglazier - 10/06/2017

Why has it become so hard in the United States to maintain constructive action for dealing with human-caused climate change? Science diplomacy and science advice have otherwise helped the world deal with this challenge in critical ways.

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Optimism, Pessimism, and Science Diplomacy

By E. William Colglazier - 06/30/2017

Before pessimism spreads too far we should be clear about what we can realistically expect from science diplomacy, especially in this era of radical changes in U.S. government policy.

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Science and Technology Foresight

By E. William Colglazier - 03/27/2017

If approached with a healthy degree of humility and skepticism, science and technology foresight can become an important tool in trying to envision what the fast-moving trends in the scientific revolution might imply for our species and planet.

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The U.S. Election and the World

By E. William Colglazier - 12/30/2016

The global trends in science, technology, and innovation create a significant opportunity for the United States, but only if we can utilize our capabilities to address the Sustainable Development Goals domestically and internationally. 

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