Science Diplomacy

Science Diplomacy

When tensions among nations are at their height, connections among scientists can be a powerful avenue for maintaining ties and backdoor diplomacy.

When tensions among nations are at their height, connections among scientists can be a powerful avenue for maintaining ties and backdoor diplomacy. It worked during the Cold War, when scientists in Washington and Moscow joined together to advocate for a nuclear arms control agreement. The Obama administration is renewing the emphasis on "science diplomacy," in the hopes of building bridges in unfriendly territory and as a way to strengthen ties with allies.

Guests

Norman Neureiter

Senior Adviser to the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy; Chair of the Senior Advisory Board to the AAAS publication "Science & Diplomacy"

Alice Gast

President of Lehigh University; U.S. Science Envoy to Central Asia and the Caucuses

Alex Dehgan

Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

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