ISD Welcomes Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield as Inaugural Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service is pleased to welcome Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the Institute’s first Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies. Thomas-Greenfield, who has been with ISD as Senior State Department Fellow since spring 2017, takes up her new post effective November 1.
ISD Student Research in Diplomacy
Our 2017-2018 Student Fellows, selected last spring for these highly competitive awards, are hard at work on their research topics for this year. ISD’s six graduate fellows and two undergraduate fellows will take on fascinating diplomatic challenges, and produce a research paper with their findings. Each student has been matched with an adviser – a senior practitioner from the 2017-2018 ISD team, elsewhere at Georgetown, or the Washington policy community. We invite you to join us in spring 2018, when our Student Fellows will present their papers at an ISD colloquium.
ISD Welcomes a Stellar Cohort of Fellows and Associates
As another academic year gets underway at Georgetown, I’m pleased to welcome an exceptionally talented group of ISD Fellows, who have come to ISD to teach, research, and write on critical issues of diplomacy. Since the ISD’s early years, career diplomats, military strategists, other practitioners, and scholars have joined the Institute each year to explore global challenges and the evolving demands of diplomatic statecraft. They are our bridge between academic theory and the practice of diplomacy.
Our 2017-2018 Fellows come from the senior and mid-career ranks of the State Department, US Army, and US Air Force, as well as the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and have worked in every corner of the globe. ISD Fellows take an active and dynamic role as career mentors, and help supervise research undertaken by students pursuing the ISD Certificate in Diplomatic Studies. Fellows also serve as a resource for the broader SFS and Georgetown academic community, and organize workshops and seminars throughout the year to bring new ideas and fresh voices to campus. Scroll down to meet our new Fellows, and keep an eye out for event announcements on the ISD website!
This recent column by Roger Cohen on the “slow unraveling” of the State Department reminds us of the enormous contributions of so many US Foreign Service officers “driven by the determination to make a difference and extend the reach of human decency.” At the moment, career diplomats with decades of experience find little welcome from an administration that seems determined to cut funding for foreign aid and leave dozens of senior State posts unfilled, despite the growing flashpoints of conflict around the globe.
The need for thoughtful, informed diplomacy and educated and skilled practitioners has never been so clear. The world is in the process of restructuring itself – redefining identity, good governance, economic relations, security, rights and obligations, and even the meaning of citizen and nation-state. Driven by forces beyond the control of any one person, political entity, or economic actor and fueled by intrusive technology that can overwhelm with data pollution and warring visions of reality, the boundaries between domestic concerns and international demands continue to blur.
The signs of spring are everywhere. The Capital Weather Gang decreed that the threat of snow is over. The Cherry Blossoms are due to be at peak bloom the end of March. And, Georgetown students are back from Spring Break and the Easter weekend. Graduation is just around the corner. A perfect time for our wrap up of the past academic year at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and a preview of coming attractions, including plans for our 40th Anniversary in 2018 !
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the ISD newsletter, “Despatches.” The beginning of the new academic year also marks my first anniversary as director, which seems an apt time to review where we are and where we see ISD going. My predecessors, starting with Ambassador David Newsom, with the strong support of a succession of deans from Peter Krogh to our new leader, Joel Hellman, have shaped an Institute that fills a unique niche in the world of diplomacy.