A Decade of Science & Diplomacy

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Opportunities and Challenges for Science Diplomacy

Colglazier and Montgomery mark S&D’s 10th Anniversary by highlighting themes in the special issue and a new “competition and cooperation” era in international science, which calls for strengthening science diplomacy efforts.

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Malaria and Democracy in Myanmar

By Peter C. Agre - 10/12/2022

Malaria expert Peter Agre reflects on his 2012 piece, “Bringing Health Research to the Renewed U.S.-Myanmar Relationship,” as well as on progress and setbacks that have taken place in Myanmar in the decade since it was published.

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Biodiversity without Borders Redux

By Brian M. Boom - 10/12/2022

In the decade since Brian Boom’s piece was published, the U.S. – Cuba relationship has seen many ups and downs. He highlights this evolution and emphasizes the continued need for scientific cooperation to protect our shared biodiversity.

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Putting Science Diplomacy to Work

By Cathleen A. Campbell - 10/12/2022

In 2012, Campbell was cautiously optimistic about the potential of science diplomacy to engage countries with whom formal relations were strained. Despite major geopolitical changes, she still believes this and is eager to see its power put to use.

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Addressing Global Challenges in Congress: The Science Diplomacy Toolkit

By Russ Carnahan - 10/12/2022

The former U.S. Representative emphasizes the areas where science diplomacy has allowed Congress to create positive change and pushes for its continued use to address the many challenges the U.S. and the world are facing today.

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A More Secure World

By Alex Dehgan - 10/12/2022

Aware of the many global challenges that have arisen since his first piece was published in S&D, Alex Dehgan encourages the U.S. to lead with science at this significant turning point.

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The Foresight Lens of Science Diplomacy for a Disrupted Era

By Paul Dufour - 10/12/2022

Since 2012, Paul Dufour has admired the ability of science to address crises, yet he demands more from policy makers ability to put it to use. He argues a combination of science and statecraft is necessary to face the challenges of the future.

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Science and Diplomacy through International Students and Alumni

By Alice P. Gast - 10/12/2022

A decade ago, Alice P. Gast highlighted the positive impact that promoting international education brought to Kazakhstan. Ten years later, Gast is more certain than ever of the benefits international scholars bring to our world.

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Science Diplomacy in an Age of Fractured Globalization

By Peter D. Gluckman - 10/12/2022

Sir Peter D. Gluckman is conscious of the several failures of the last decade but puts faith in “track 2” multilateralism. He argues that science diplomacy must be nimbler to address the problems of tomorrow.

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ITER: International Fusion Energy Science and Diplomacy – Realized

By Todd K. Harding - 10/12/2022

S&D’s 10th Anniversary is also an exciting time for ITER, with many of its goals coming to fruition. Todd K. Harding explores how this scientific facility overcame barriers and now serves as a great example of international cooperation.

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In a Fracturing World, Innovation and Open Science Make Local Partnerships More Meaningful

By Sumaya bint El Hassan - 10/12/2022

As we celebrate a decade of S&D, Princess Sumaya acknowledges that, while the present may not be what we hoped, the challenges that the world has faced over the last ten years have made it stronger, and there are still reasons to be hopeful.

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Scientific Preeminence: An American Domestic and Diplomatic Priority

By Robert D. Hormats - 10/12/2022

Science has seen many accomplishments over the last decade yet is facing growing public distrust. Robert D. Hormats calls on us to rethink U.S. leadership in science and the way the U.S. government is organized to support scientific enterprise.

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From Water to Weapons: Science Diplomacy in Practice

By Mark Jansson - 10/12/2022

From the water crisis in Yemen, the focus of his 2012 piece, to the continuing threat of nuclear proliferation, Mark Jansson stresses the value of science in building policy solutions to address some of the globe’s most pressing challenges.

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Science Diplomacy for Eastern Europe: A New Beginning

In 2012, Konarzewski and Żebrowska did not imagine Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. With unthinkable new challenges facing Eastern Europe, these authors emphasize how lessons of science diplomacy of the Cold War should not be forgotten.

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CERN and SESAME – Science Diplomacy Building Bridges

By Chris Llewellyn Smith - 10/12/2022

Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith reviews how research facilities like CERN and SESAME foster international cooperation where relations are strained. With today’s complex geopolitics, he stresses the need for scientific collaboration across divides.

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Engineering Diplomacy is Necessary to Tackle Global Grand Challenges

By Najmedin Meshkati - 10/12/2022

In 2012, Najmedin Meshkati emphasized the role of engineering diplomacy. Today, with challenges that transcend borders and involve complex systems, including the plight of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, he is even more convinced of its necessity.

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Water Diplomacy: Our Ten-Year Journey of Learning by Doing

By Shafiqul Islam and Lawrence Susskind - 10/12/2022

Lawrence Susskind and Shafiqul Islam’s work on water diplomacy has expanded since their piece was published in 2012. In this piece, they present some of the lessons learned and a water diplomacy framework for more effective water management.

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The Politics of Engagement with North Korea

A decade since their piece on scientific engagement in North Korea, Stuart Thorson and Frederick Carriere reflect on the difficulty of international cooperation when our shared understanding is deteriorating and scientific claims are under attack.