Science diplomacy fosters international collaborations with scientists in nations where official diplomatic relations might be limited or strained. Interactions between scientists occur naturally, whether in times of peace or conflict. These professional relationships can encourage nations to engage in mutually respectful discussions when they would not have otherwise communicated. By providing a platform for industrial partnerships, educational outreach and global community development, science diplomacy creates opportunities for civic engagement that transcends political and cultural boundaries.
Featured speakers include Ambassador James K. Glassman and Norman Neureiter, Ph.D. Glassman was the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from 2008 to 2009, leading the government-wide international strategic communications effort. He is currently the founding executive director of The George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University. Neureiter is a senior adviser for the Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Previously, he was a scientist at Humble Oil (now ExxonMobil) and Texas Instruments. He also was a foreign service officer with the State Department and served as the first science and technology adviser to U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell from 2000 to 2003.
This event, organized by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, is co-sponsored by Partnership for a Secure America, CRDF Global and the AAAS.