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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.

American-style Education in the Development of the Modern Middle East

President Peter Dorman, American University of Beirut

Thursday, Sept. 25, 3:30-4:30, 302-P ICC
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) invites faculty and students to meet President Peter Dorman of the American University of Beirut (AUB) who will lead a discussion on the role of American-style education in the development of the modern Middle East. [RSVP]

Lecture: US Policy in the Middle East: Present Course, Future Direction

The Honorable Wendy R. Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, received the Trainor Award for Distinction in the Conduct of Diplomacy and presented a lecture on US Policy in the Middle East: Present Course, Future Direction. A videorecording and a text of the speech are available. [more]


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.”