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Member articles posted here reflect their author's opinions, not the views of the Academy. The American Academy of Diplomacy is a prestigious, independent non-profit association of former ambassadors and senior-level diplomats. The Academy represents a unique wealth of talent and experience in the practice of American foreign policy.

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"The success of Biden's China policy depends partly on China, but also on how the US changes." Academy member Joseph Nye...
05/07/2021
The Logic of US-China Competition

"The success of Biden's China policy depends partly on China, but also on how the US changes." Academy member Joseph Nye projects the future of US-China competition.

The success of U.S. President Joe Biden's China policy will depend on whether the two powers can cooperate in producing global public goods, while competing in other areas. The U.S.-China relationship is a "cooperative rivalry," in which the terms of competition will require equal attention to both....

"As evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ramifications of not adequately integrating science practitioners in the ran...
05/07/2021
Integrate US science and diplomacy

"As evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ramifications of not adequately integrating science practitioners in the ranks of US diplomatic leadership can be severe." A number of researchers suggest that the US combine the talents of leading scientists and engineers to advance national security priorities.

As evidenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ramifications of not adequately integrating science practitioners in the ranks of US diplomatic leadership can be severe. Since President Biden's inauguration, the new administration has rightly placed science as a key discipline to drive the trajectory of....

"President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: asse...
05/07/2021
With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test

"President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America." Aamer Madhani interviewed AAD President Amb. Ronald Neumann for an article on diversity at the highest ranks of the diplomatic corps.

President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America

"International relations scholars in China anticipate that Africans’ positive perceptions of the United States may conti...
05/06/2021
The Eagle and the Dragon in Africa: Comparing Data on Chinese and American Influence - War on the Rocks

"International relations scholars in China anticipate that Africans’ positive perceptions of the United States may continue to increase during the presidency of Joe Biden." George Ward, Eric Kiss, and Pat Savage write on the growing competition between the US and China over influence in Africa.

Pundits and past U.S. policymakers may have gotten it wrong: With its investments in Africa, ranging from infrastructure to student exchanges, China is

"There is no question that the profit motive has encouraged “big pharma” to produce new life saving drugs; ironically ma...
05/06/2021
Intellectual property restrictions hamper the fight against COVID-19

"There is no question that the profit motive has encouraged “big pharma” to produce new life saving drugs; ironically many are derived from natural resources found only in tropical environments." Amb. Brian Atwood writes on the issue of pharmaceutical restrictions to vaccine production.

IP protections are needed to preserve the scientific edge in normal times — but these are not normal times.

Check out the Academy's Intern Panel Discussion on The Relationship Between the Departments of State and Defense. The pa...
05/05/2021
Academy Intern Panel Discussion: The Relationship Between the Departments of State and Defense

Check out the Academy's Intern Panel Discussion on The Relationship Between the Departments of State and Defense. The panel featured Ambassadors Deborah McCarthy, James Jeffrey, and Katherine Canavan, and was moderated by Academy President, Ambassador Ronald Neumann. Watch here: https://youtu.be/V0ZVKABiAys

Interested in the intersection between the Department of State and the Department of Defense? On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the American Academy of Diplomacy...

"The Biden administration seems prepared to associate itself with some elements of its predecessors’ North Korea policie...
05/05/2021
The rollout of the Biden administration’s North Korea policy review leaves unanswered questions

"The Biden administration seems prepared to associate itself with some elements of its predecessors’ North Korea policies.." AAD member Amb. Robert Einhorn writes on the Biden Administration's approach to North Korea.

The Biden administration is rolling out its North Korea policy review in general terms apparently designed to preserve its negotiating options and avoid giving its critics a target to shoot at, Robert Einhorn writes.

"To be sure, the HRW report dives deeply into a significant number of serious issues related to Israeli occupation polic...
05/05/2021
Injecting 'apartheid' into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will make it worse | Opinion

"To be sure, the HRW report dives deeply into a significant number of serious issues related to Israeli occupation policies and practices." AAD Member Daniel Kurtzer and Aaron David Miller write on the comparison of Apartheid to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Far from ameliorating the situation between Israelis and Palestinians, the recently-published Human RightsWatch report will push the two sides further away from an already elusive conflict-ending solution.

"Americans are quick to see the military as the key to national security, but as Gates and Mattis argued, it is diplomac...
05/04/2021
Is Diplomacy Back? Making the Case to the American People | American Diplomacy Est 1996

"Americans are quick to see the military as the key to national security, but as Gates and Mattis argued, it is diplomacy that has, time and time again, prevented us from having to use our military." Mary Thompson-Jones writes on the Biden administration's approach to foreign policy.

Is Diplomacy Back? Making the Case to the American People May 2021 by Mary Thompson-Jones Within hours of being sworn in, President Joe Biden put the United States on track to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization. A week later, he signed a new START Accord with Russian P...

"The Biden administration and Congress have the opportunity to advance the journey further—to make locally-led developme...
05/04/2021
Making COVID-19 aid effective by doubling down on USAID reforms

"The Biden administration and Congress have the opportunity to advance the journey further—to make locally-led development, co-creation, and adaptive management widespread approaches of U.S. development cooperation." George Ingram and Justin Fugle write on reforming USAID.

George Ingram explains how flexible funding for the global COVID-19 is a perfect opportunity for USAID to demonstrate the full value of innovative approaches to development.

"To be sure, there is no guarantee that both China and the U.S. would even want a much-improved relationship." Ge Jianha...
05/04/2021
Can China-US Relations Improve During the Biden Administration?

"To be sure, there is no guarantee that both China and the U.S. would even want a much-improved relationship." Ge Jianhao and Dingding Chen write on the potential for the US and China to work together despite recent challenges.

So far, there have been no major changes in Biden’s China policy, but there’s still hope for a stabilized relationship.

"If we cannot teach ourselves to intervene abroad with more skill, sensitivity and conviction than we have displayed in ...
05/03/2021
The Vietnam War’s Lessons Went Unlearned in Afghanistan

"If we cannot teach ourselves to intervene abroad with more skill, sensitivity and conviction than we have displayed in Afghanistan, we had better stay home." Max Hastings draws comparisons between the Vietnam War and the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

To students of history, the West’s withdrawal from a 20-year conflict is a sadly familiar tale.

"With growing economies and increasing political strength and autonomy, alliances and influence in Central Asia hold the...
05/03/2021
Balanced Geopolitics: International Actors in Central Asia

"With growing economies and increasing political strength and autonomy, alliances and influence in Central Asia hold the interest of the key international powers: Russia, China, the European Union, and the United States." AAD Member Richard Hoagland and research colleagues Nicole Wolkov, Dante Schulz, and Jeremy Cohen explore the motivations and capabilities of global powers in the Caspian region.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the newly independent Central Asian republics aimed to increase their ties…

"American diplomats and development experts need to become more conversant with efforts to reduce inequality and inequit...
05/03/2021
New Thinking on Democracy at Home and Abroad

"American diplomats and development experts need to become more conversant with efforts to reduce inequality and inequities and advance social justice in the United States." Amb. Sarah Mendelson speaks on how lessons at home can affect U.S. foreign policy.

AMBASSADOR SARAH E. MENDELSON The Joseph Biden Administration has rather famously committed to convene a Summit for Democracy, likely later in 2021 or early in 2022. The Summit has become, as some diplomats have suggested, “the talk of the town,” not only in Washington but also in multiple other...

"China is now a true peer competitor in the military, technological and economic realms.." Thomas Friedman writes on the...
04/29/2021
Opinion | Is There a War Coming Between China and the U.S.?

"China is now a true peer competitor in the military, technological and economic realms.." Thomas Friedman writes on the potential for future conflict between the US and China and whats driving it.

A new novel about 2034 has unnerving echoes of today’s headlines.

"As so often happens in foreign affairs, decision-makers must place bets on all these questions based on judgment, histo...
04/29/2021
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Reality of Afghanistan

"As so often happens in foreign affairs, decision-makers must place bets on all these questions based on judgment, history, incomplete data and — inevitably — politics." Amb. John McLaughlin writes on the dilemmas faced in withdrawing from Afghanistan.

The Taliban are strong and well-armed, the elected government is weak, corruption is rife, and government security forces are struggling. What could go wrong?

"For the #AADAmbassadorInterviewSeries, Amb. Lawrence Greenwood discussed economic and cultural aspects of diplomacy wit...
04/29/2021
Academy Interview Series- Amb. Lawrence Greenwood

"For the #AADAmbassadorInterviewSeries, Amb. Lawrence Greenwood discussed economic and cultural aspects of diplomacy with Japan and his experiences in the private sector. Check out the interview here: https://youtu.be/TcYrZuc76fM

#diplomacy #ambassador #Japan

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, we were joined by Academy Member Amb. Lawrence Greenwood for a detailed conversation on the economic and cultural aspects of dip...

"A truly international city and center of finance can’t crush the rule of law, and it can’t hold political prisoners." A...
04/29/2021
Why is Chinese leader Xi Jinping so afraid of Hong Kong and Jimmy Lai?

"A truly international city and center of finance can’t crush the rule of law, and it can’t hold political prisoners." AAD member James Cunningham writes on Bejing's actions within Hong Kong.

A truly international city and center of finance can’t crush the rule of law, and it can’t hold political prisoners.

"The Biden administration’s overall theme in fact is to look forward to what can and ought to be done." AAD member Amb. ...
04/28/2021
Monday Briefing: Iraq’s ongoing cycle of successes and disasters

"The Biden administration’s overall theme in fact is to look forward to what can and ought to be done." AAD member Amb. Robert Pearson comments on the decision by the US to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

Read MEI's weekly briefing featuring expert analysis of key regional developments for the week ahead.

"The Biden administration’s emphasis on capacity building in response to Russian malicious cyber activity is an importan...
04/28/2021
Cyber Security Begins Abroad - War on the Rocks

"The Biden administration’s emphasis on capacity building in response to Russian malicious cyber activity is an important reminder that, in cyberspace, America’s safety is wound up with that of the rest of the world." Natalie Thompson, Zoe Peach-Riley, and Laura Bate explain cybersecurity capacity building.

The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service’s compromise of U.S. company SolarWinds and a variety of other information technology infrastructures has been

"A new Russian thrust into Ukraine could lead to early, heavy casualties. This could quickly bring home to the Kremlin t...
04/28/2021
Will Russia's Risk-Aversion Keep It Away From Ukraine?

"A new Russian thrust into Ukraine could lead to early, heavy casualties. This could quickly bring home to the Kremlin the political costs of any incursion." AAD member William Courtney questions Russian military action towards Ukraine.

Russia's defense minister says that the troops Moscow moved closer to Ukraine and into Crimea will now be reduced in numbers. However, much of their equipment will be left behind, and the danger will

"Even if the defense budget were cut by half and the diplomacy funds were doubled, the former would still be larger by a...
04/27/2021
Why Defense Gets 12 Times More Money Than Diplomacy

"Even if the defense budget were cut by half and the diplomacy funds were doubled, the former would still be larger by a wide margin." AAD member Amb. Charles Ray writes on the budget difference between the Departments of Defense and State.

Comparing the two budgets is as meaningless as comparing apples to onions. Let’s tend the whole orchard for a change.

"President Biden needs to talk to Erdogan. It’s not about friendship, but interests." AAD member Amb. James Jeffrey writ...
04/27/2021
Armenian Genocide Declaration: Setback or Opportunity?

"President Biden needs to talk to Erdogan. It’s not about friendship, but interests." AAD member Amb. James Jeffrey writes on the recent decision to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.

President Biden’s decision to formally acknowledge genocide against Armenians by the Ottoman Empire ends a debate between Americans and Turks stretching back four decades. The decision was inevitable sooner or later, even as those who wanted to avoid it for geopolitical reasons always knew. For re...

"The result will be a blow to American credibility, the weakening of deterrence and the value of American reassurance el...
04/27/2021
Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan is a decision to lose

"The result will be a blow to American credibility, the weakening of deterrence and the value of American reassurance elsewhere.." AAD member Amb. James Dobbins writes on the dilemma of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

President Biden’s decision to withdraw unconditionally from an ongoing conflict is a decision to lose.

"Walter Mondale created the modern vice presidency out of a position that was an afterthought at the Constitutional Conv...
04/27/2021
Opinion | Walter Mondale Remade the Vice Presidency

"Walter Mondale created the modern vice presidency out of a position that was an afterthought at the Constitutional Convention." AAD member Stuart Eizenstat reflects on his experience with the late Walter Mondale.

‘We told the truth, we obeyed the law, and we kept the peace,’ he said of the Carter administration. They did more than that.

"So as soon as circumstances allow – go; see the world.  And remember your Embassy is there when you need it." Academy m...
04/26/2021
Nagy: Traveling internationally? Here's how US embassies can help

"So as soon as circumstances allow – go; see the world. And remember your Embassy is there when you need it." Academy member Tibor Nagy offers advice to US travelers.

With international travel expected to increase in the months ahead, Tibor Nagy offers a look at how US embassies can (and can't) help US citizens

"Afghanistan epitomizes how the US so often fails to learn from its own success." AAD member Patrick Theros provides his...
04/26/2021
We Forgot How to Do Things Right (2) Retrieving Failure in Afghanistan

"Afghanistan epitomizes how the US so often fails to learn from its own success." AAD member Patrick Theros provides his insight on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan epitomizes how the United States so often fails to learn from its own success. President Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan offers an opportunity to redress that weakness

"But at some point, the 39 million Afghans have to stand up for themselves if they want their country to be secure and t...
04/22/2021
What I saw in Afghanistan: It's time to go

"But at some point, the 39 million Afghans have to stand up for themselves if they want their country to be secure and to move forward." Amb. James Pardew argues on the need for the US to withdraw from Afghanistan.

After several trips to Afghanistan as a NATO official, I concluded that bringing the country into the modern world was a 100-year project.

Ambassador Bodde shared these incredible images from the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal following his interview with Academy i...
04/22/2021

Ambassador Bodde shared these incredible images from the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal following his interview with Academy intern Joshua Loiselle. Check out the Interview here: https://youtu.be/hs72BJP9JPc

"At that moment, the assembled delegates from around the world spontaneously jumped to their feet and gave America a pro...
04/22/2021
Walter Mondale had his greatest moment showing our leadership

"At that moment, the assembled delegates from around the world spontaneously jumped to their feet and gave America a prolonged standing ovation for its humanitarian leadership. Amb. Kenneth Quinn reflects on the leadership of late former Vice President, Walter Mondale.

He took this chance to remind the world of altruism.

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