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Science & Diplomacy—A New AAAS Quarterly

With interest in science diplomacy growing worldwide, AAAS has debuted an online, quarterly publication intended to build dialogue between the science and foreign policy communities and to encourage the intellectual development of such diplomacy in a variety of forms.

Science & Diplomacy was launched by the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy just days after the 40th anniversary of the Shanghai Communiqué, in which Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and U.S. President Richard Nixon signaled that the two Cold War rivals should normalize relations and that science and technology were areas critical to building understanding.


Transforming history. Forty years ago, U.S. President Richard Nixon (left) and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai signed the Shanghai Communiqué, which identified science as one way to build mutual understanding.
[CREDIT: White House photo]

Today, many of the most important issues facing humanity are regional and global in nature, and a new generation of science diplomacy is building relations between nations and supporting international research cooperation.

The first issue of Science & Diplomacy includes articles by senior scientists, diplomats, and policy-makers, including U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (R—Indiana), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an expert in arms control; Robert D. Hormats, U.S. under secretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment; South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor; and Alice P. Gast, Lehigh University president and U.S. science envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.

Editor-in-Chief Vaughan C. Turekian, who also directs the Center for Science Diplomacy, and senior advisory board chairman Norman P. Neureiter, who was the first science adviser to the U.S. secretary of state, said that the new publication will be a resource for foreign policy professionals, scientists and research administrators, journalists, educators, and students.

“We believe the time is right to catalyze greater thought and discussion about issues at the interface of science and diplomacy,” they write in the first issue. “Our goal is a foreign policy that can fully address the increasingly complex technical dimensions of 21st century international relations.”

The AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, founded in 2008, has emerged as a leading international influence in the field. The publication was developed with the financial support of the Golden Family Foundation.