U.S. Policy and Research Leaders Headline First Issue of AAAS’s New Publication Science & Diplomacy

Science & Diplomacy, a free online publication that will explore the intersection of international scientific cooperation, foreign relations, and public policy, was launched today by the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. As international relations become increasingly complex and scientific endeavors become more international, it is important to have a dialogue between these two communities.

The first issue—available at www.sciencediplomacy.org—features contributions from globally influential figures and leading practitioners in the science and foreign policy realms:

  • U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, explores the importance of international scientific engagement in efforts to reduce the spread of dangerous weapons and materials;
  • U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats discusses how science is taking an ever more prominent role in U.S. State Department work to build and manage international relationships;
  • Alice P. Gast, Lehigh University president and U.S. science envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, examines how scientific collaboration might offer one of the most promising ways for the United States to build a constructive relationship with Kazakhstan;
  • The U.S. Polish Embassy’s Science and Technology Minister-Counselor Marek Konarzewski and Science and Technology Affairs Advisor Grazyna Zebrowska argue that the European Union and United States should enhance and expand their scientific and academic programs to build ties with countries in Eastern Europe;
  • South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor shares why, since the end of apartheid, South Africa is using science to rebuild relationships and advance research;
  • Raymond L. Orbach, former under secretary for science in the U.S. Department of Energy, Todd K. Harding, former senior advisor to the U.S. under secretary for science, and Melanie J. Khanna, former attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State, look at what lessons can be learned from the international negotiations related to ITER, the international effort to build a fusion reactor; and
  • Vaughan C. Turekian, the editor-in-chief of Science & Diplomacy, and Norman P. Neureiter, the chair of the publication’s senior advisory board and the first science and technology adviser to the U.S. secretary of state, examine the history of science diplomacy and lessons for the present.

“We hope that Science & Diplomacy will be a resource for foreign policy makers and analysts, scientists and research administrators, and educators and students in their efforts to better bridge science and foreign affairs,” Turekian and Neureiter say in an editorial in the first issue. “Our goal is a foreign policy that can fully address the increasingly complex technical dimensions of 21st century international relations.”

When AAAS Chief Executive Officer Alan I. Leshner recently announced plans for the new quarterly, he emphasized that the intention is to bring the two communities of science and foreign relations together. “Although these communities often speak different languages and pursue somewhat different goals, they share a global perspective,” Leshner said. “And there is much more that we can do for each other than we’re doing now.”


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