Education and training of foreign service must be enhanced to protect US interests

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With support from the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, senior fellow Jeremy Curtin was the lead drafter of a major new study Forging a 21st Century Diplomatic Service for the United States Through Professional Education and Training, sponsored by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

The report focuses on the new and expanding demands on American diplomacy in the 21st century and the training and resources required to meet them successfully. The report argues that the rising importance of “civilian power” in the U.S. national security equation, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed it, not to mention “everyday” critical functions like evacuating American citizens from Libya, requires adequate funding of our foreign affairs agencies. That funding is under severe pressure in the current overall budget debate, but, as the report demonstrates, funding must be sustained and, indeed, increased.

Download a copy of Forging a 21st Century Diplomatic Service for the United States Through Professional Education and Training.