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Spanish Science Diplomacy: A Global and Collaborative Bottom-Up Approach

Science diplomacy is on the rise in Spain thanks to a new initiative that is transforming that nation's scientific diaspora into a global science diplomacy network.


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.


The Path to Becoming an S&T Superpower: Interview with British Ambassador to the United States Dame Karen Pierce


The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the U.S., Ambassador Dame Karen Pierce spoke with Science & Diplomacy on the UK's science diplomacy strategy. This is the ninth interview of the Ambassador Interview Series.


Steeped in Science: Tech Diplomacy for a New Age of Discovery

By Joe White - 02/09/2022

Joe White MBE reflects on his role as the United Kingdom’s Tech Envoy to the United States—the first such British appointment— and argues in favor of a new science and tech-infused diplomacy.

Letter from the Field

The Royal Society, the Foreign Secretary, and International Relations

By Martyn Poliakoff - 03/24/2015

The Royal Society’s foreign secretary has fostered global connections since the position’s inception in 1723. The current foreign secretary argues that science academies can lead science diplomacy efforts and support capacity building in developing countries.


Academies of Science as Key Instruments of Science Diplomacy

By bringing together the major academies of the world, IAP is central to efforts to address science issues at a global scale and thus serves an important role in building international relations.


The UK Response to Fukushima and Anglo-Japanese Relations

The UK government’s response to the March 2011 nuclear accident in Japan relied on scientific advice and communication, and it demonstrated the central role of science advisory systems and benefited the broader bilateral relationship.


A Scientist in the Foreign Office

By David C. Clary - 09/16/2013

The first chief scientific adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office presents the challenges of a part-time position while demonstrating the utility of science to UK diplomacy.

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