This month, we wanted to highlight a new podcast mini-series from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy on the origins and legacies of the 2011 Arab uprisings. The series features conversations between U.S. ambassadors, activists, scholars, and thinkers who experienced events first hand.
The series explores revolutions in five countries — Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Syria — through the eyes of their respective U.S. ambassadors during the Arab Spring.
Conversations with scholars, practitioners and next generation thinkers from the region — including Georgetown School of Foreign Service alumni — guide listeners through the origins, events, and…
The promotion of diplomatic leadership — and teaching the theory and practice of the diplomat’s craft — lie at the core of everything we do at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
As we further this mission, we have launched two new series in The Diplomatic Pouch in 2021, examining two important issues: diplomatic leadership, and the role of case studies in diplomatic training.
In order to explore what makes effective leadership in foreign affairs, we sought contributions from diverse authors in the ISD community and beyond.
ElsaMarie DSilva, founder & CEO of the Red Dot Foundation…
In this piece, originally published in Responsible Statecraft, I call for a more coherent approach to UK human rights policy in the Middle East.
In an address to the Munich Security Conference on February 19, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a claim we have heard before: the U.K. should be a “force for good” in the world. Johnson, alongside Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, sees this as a key component of the “ Global Britain” agenda post-Brexit, and the phrase has been a frequent refrain in their speeches over the past two years.
Ever since dockers from Sydney and Brisbane organized donations to sustain the 1889 Great London Dock Strike , cities have shaped global politics as cradles of progressivism and international solidarity.
During the strike, 100,000 labourers shut down the Port of London for the entire summer. Australian dockers donated over £30,000 to a strike fund, which helped and working conditions. As the Sydney Morning Herald on 18 September, 1889, “At the great demonstration in Hyde Park in celebration of the close of the strike, the Australian flag waved above the platform from which the addresses were made.”
Much has changed since…
In this piece, originally published online in the Oxford Political Review on February 1, ISD publications editor Alistair Somerville offers some thoughts on priorities for the UK presidency of the UN Security Council.
The UK assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council today, as it continues to search for a global role post-Brexit.
While the country’s 2021 G7 and COP26 climate conference presidencies receive most of the media coverage concerning “Global Britain”, the opportunity to preside once every 15 months is also an important privilege of the UK’s permanent membership of the…
As we watch the Biden administration make its mark on the White House and across the federal government, ISD staff and fellows have been continuing to provide insights and recommendations on the future of U.S. foreign policy in the The Diplomatic Pouch.
In all, we published seven Transition Notes, dealing with a range of issues that will occupy President Biden during his term. In January, we also published pieces on the role of case studies in diplomatic training and Ireland’s rise to a seat on the UN Security Council, and profiled ISD State Department senior fellow Ambassador John Desrocher.
In our final newsletter of 2020 to ISD’s Faculty Lounge, we highlighted some of the case studies from our library that will enable instructors to tackle contemporary global challenges with their students in the new semester.
2020. A year like no other has come to an end. As we enter a new semester, we reflect on events of the past year, and consider how best to explain the origins and implications of the coronavirus pandemic — and much more from the past year — to a generation of students stuck behind their computer screens.
Over the course of 2020, ISD…
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ISD may be closed for the holidays, but you can still enjoy episodes of our podcast, Diplomatic Immunity, wherever you listen. The podcast brings you frank and candid conversations about historical and contemporary issues in diplomacy, and we will bring you more episodes in the new year.
In one of our favorite episodes of season 1, we spoke to the historian Catherine Katz, author of Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans — A Story of Love and War, an innovative new history of the…
We find ourselves in a “thinking fast” age, of clickbait, retweets, and viral videos. Yet, to paraphrase the behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman, citizens are in desperate need of some “thinking slow” solutions to help them digest, analyze, and respond to a changing information environment.
Disinformation campaigns have long targeted human frailties. At their most pernicious, malign influence operations — perpetrated by both foreign and domestic actors — use manipulated or outright false information to deepen societal divides, and they most often use social media platforms as the main vector for their activities. There is no easy fix, and…
Alistair Somerville is the publications editor at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and editor of The Diplomatic Pouch. Twitter: @apsomerville