The Georgetown Diplomacy and Development Academy

Conduct of Foreign Policy in Today’s Washington


Faculty Chair:

Ambassador (ret.) Barbara K. Bodine, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Academy Director:

James P. Seevers, Director of Studies, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Program Fee:


$2,000 for embassy and development officials from non-high income countries and NGO representatives. (See this link for World Bank list of countries by income levels).

Program fee includes classroom instruction and lunches (not lodging).


Diplomats and development officials today face new challenges – ranging from international law and security to environmental sustainability and economic development – as they formulate and implement foreign policy and promote international development. These issues are increasingly complex in scope and call for close collaboration among state and non-state actors. The diplomatic and development communities, with their private and non-profit sector partners, require the latest analysis on these topics – and also must understand how to translate these insights into effective policies within an interdisciplinary, interagency, and multilateral context.

This is a new program designed specifically for diplomats and development officials and their globally engaged private and non-profit sector counterparts. Georgetown University’s new Diplomacy and Development Academy offers an intensive one-week program that leverages the university’s world-class faculty and its access to senior practitioners and scholars across Washington, DC. The Academy will equip participants with the practical knowledge they need to engage in complex, global policy-making.

Program Features

Diplomatic and development practitioners and other globally engaged practitioners should:

  • understand core concepts related to the conduct of foreign policy and international development such as bilateral, regional and multilateral relationships, statecraft tools (e.g., negotiation), and global actors and influencers;
  • know the right questions to ask about a comprehensive range of regional and transnational issues such as the rise of China, terrorism and violent extremism, environment and climate change, non-proliferation, pandemics, refugees, and migration; and
  • acquire contacts in the Washington policy-making environment through sessions with representatives from executive branch agencies, Congress, NGOs, think tanks, and international financial institutions – and by interacting with other Academy participants from a broad range of countries and sectors.

Who Should Apply

Eligible participants must have strong English oral and written communication skills and 5-10 years of work experience, and serve as:

  • diplomats in Washington, New York, other capitals, or foreign ministries;
  • bilateral and multilateral development officials;
  • private sector managers who need to gain a better understanding of the workings of diplomacy and development, or who need to understand foreign policy and development in order to mitigate risk; and
  • non-profit and non-governmental officials who work globally and are affected by or seek to influence government and international organization decision-making and policy.

If you are interested in the Georgetown Diplomacy and Development Academy, please contact Jim Seevers at or (202) 965-6612 ext. 202.


The program has restricted admissions.  To apply please send the information below to our email address -

  • your name, organization, job title, and number of years of experience;
  • a CV or a bio;
  • and a brief (250 word) statement explaining your interest in attending the program.

You will be contacted within two weeks or receipt of your email about the status of your application.


Please click here to view an illustrative program.

The curriculum explores the following areas throughout the week:

  • Conduct of foreign policy in today’s Washington
  • Tools of statecraft and development (e.g. negotiation, public diplomacy, etc.)
  • Global security (e.g. non-proliferation, terrorism, etc.)
  • Regional dynamics (e.g. Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America)
  • Human security (e.g. climate, human rights, water/food, refugees and migration)
  • Economics and development


The Academy takes an intensive and immersive approach to provide a comprehensive overview of diplomacy and development and draws from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service faculty and practitioners and scholars across Washington, D.C. to provide instruction.

Program Location

All sessions will be taught on the seventh floor of Georgetown University’s Bunn Intercultural Center on main campus in Washington, DC.