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Founded in 1978, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy brings together diplomats and scholars to bridge theory and practice as they explore global problems and the changing worlds of diplomatic engagement.


The School of Foreign Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador (ret.) Barbara K. Bodine as Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, effective July 1, 2014.

Ambassador Bodine’s 33-year Foreign Service career was spent primarily in the Middle East, with a focus on security and counterterrorism.   She served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 1997 through much of2001, and also in Kuwait and Iraq.  In 1991, she received the Secretary of State’s Award for Valor for her work in occupied Kuwait.

After leaving the Foreign Service, Ambassador Bodine has been a Fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Since 2007, she has been a Lecturer in Public and International Affairs and Director of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

As Director of the School of Foreign Service’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Ambassador Bodine will lead a program in research, teaching and public outreach on the nature and conduct of diplomacy, and as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy will teach students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Ambassador Bodine says of her new role: “New international and domestic challenges, new actors and new tools demand a new way for scholars and policy-makers to think about and professionals to practice diplomacy. Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and the Institute have been global leaders in the field of diplomacy since their founding and I am excited to be part of the effort to help shape the debate going forward.”

James Reardon-Anderson, the acting Dean of the School of Foreign Service, welcomed her, stating that “Ambassador Bodine's experience on the front-lines of diplomacy's most challenging issues will help her shape the Institute's mission in the 21st century.  We are delighted to have her join us.” 

Liu Discusses a "New Model" for U.S.-China Relations

March 19, 2014
Mr. Liu Jun, on detail to ISD from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the 2013–2014 academic year, discussed part of his research with students in the SFS Asian Studies Program. The discussion centered around his latest research paper, "Toward a 'New Model' of Major Power Relations between China and the United States: Feasible or Fallacious?" [Associates Corner, more]

Of Interest to Our Public Diplomacy Colleagues

Exchange: Journal of Public Diplomacy is the graduate student-run publication of the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars at Syracuse University. It is an annual online and print publication, and the first academic journal dedicated to public diplomacy. A "Call for Papers" for the Fall 2014 issue will be tackling the topic “Public Diplomacy of Emerging Nations.” Perhaps you would like to write something for this issue. Their website provides the information you need.