Jeremy Curtin, Senior Fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, is leading a project for the Henry L. Stimson Center and the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) to study the training and education needed to prepare American diplomats for 21st century statecraft. The project will examine what American diplomats do now and what they will be called upon to do in the future; what professional skills are necessary to carry out these tasks successfully; what skills should be added and outdated ones dropped; and what patterns of training, education and assignments can best prepare our diplomats to achieve maximum effectiveness in the service of the American people.
This project comes at a particularly relevant time as the State Department is undertaking the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. This review will examine fundamental issues about the way the United States manages its relations with the world. The project will build on previous reports from the Stimson Center, the AAD, and others.