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).

New Editorial

Consensus Opinion versus Rapid Change: Afghanistan, COVID-19, and Climate Change

By E. William Colglazier - 09/20/2021

How should we make decisions weighing the risks of rapid change outside of our consensus opinion of the future or outside of our ability to make a consensus decision as a society?

Perspective

COVID-19 as a Revelation: Challenges in Global Health Diplomacy & Disaster Diplomacy

This piece compiles the four presentations of the session on Global Health Diplomacy and Disaster Diplomacy, held virtually on the third day of the 2020 AAAS-TWAS Summer Course on Science Diplomacy on September 23, 2020. 

Editorial

National Interest, Global Interest, and Science

By E. William Colglazier - 01/22/2021

The degree to which global concerns are incorporated into national aspirations becomes one of the most important factors in determining whether countries can tackle worldwide problems together. 

Editorial

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.

Editorial

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. 

Editorial

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.

Editorial

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.

Conversation

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.

Editorial

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.

Editorial

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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