The Potential of Science Diasporas

William J. Burns, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, contributed an article on science diasporas to Science & Diplomacy.

The Potential of Science Diasporas

By William J. Burns

Two powerful currents in today’s international landscape present important opportunities for American diplomacy: the unrelenting advance of scientific knowledge and innovation and the ever-thickening web of connections that brings diaspora communities and their homelands closer together. By making the most of these two trends, American diplomacy can accelerate innovation, prove that one nation’s benefit need not be another’s loss, and help our scientists come together to solve the health, environment, and economic challenges no government can solve on its own.

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