Professional training in diplomatic practice

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Introduction to International Diplomacy

This comprehensive course introduces government officials and international-affairs professionals to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice. It provides an overview of the national and international diplomacy systems, insight into policy-making and implementation and specific skills.

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Business Diplomacy & Government Affairs

As companies with a global presence pursue their own foreign policies, this symposium is designed to help executives — particularly those working in government affairs — to navigate both the U.S. administration and foreign bureaucracies more effectively to achieve specific goals.

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Navigating Washington seminar

The purpose of this symposium is to prepare foreign diplomats — particularly newly arrived ones — to be successful in the United States. It explores and explains all relevant aspects of U.S. policy and government operations, as well as Washington’s inner workings and public sphere.

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Summer Diplomatic Academy

This is a unique training program that helps prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in international diplomacy. It introduces them to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and focuses on practical, real-life aspects of work in government and international organizations.

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DIPLOMACY TOURS

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Leadership & faculty

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Nicholas Kralev

Executive Director
Kralev is an author and entrepreneur specializing in the practice of diplomacy. A former Financial Times and Washington Times correspondent, he has witnessed firsthand the conduct of American diplomacy while accompanying four U.S. secretaries of state on their travels around the world.
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Jack Zetkulic

Deputy Director
A 26-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Zetkulic has conducted and overseen training for both American and foreign diplomats. He has held more than a dozen diplomatic and other national security positions in Washington and overseas.
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Charlene Barshefsky

Faculty Adviser
Ambassador Barshefsky is a former U.S. Trade Representative, the chief trade negotiator of the United States. Her negotiations are the subject of Harvard Business School case studies. She is currently the senior international partner at WilmerHale.
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William Burns

Faculty Adviser
Ambassador Burns is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former deputy secretary of state. He also served as undersecretary for political affairs, assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs, and ambassador to Russia and Jordan.
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Thomas Countryman

Faculty Adviser
Thomas Countryman is a former assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation. During his 34-year Foreign Service career, he served in Serbia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and at the United Nations, among many assignments.
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Ryan Crocker

Faculty Adviser
Ambassador Crocker is a retired career ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service, a professor at Texas A&M University, and a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. He served as ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon.
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Gina Abercrombie

Faculty Adviser
Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley is a former U.S. ambassador to Malta, consul-general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department. During more than three decades as a career diplomat, she also served in Iraq, Egypt, Israel and Indonesia.
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Molly Williamson

Faculty Adviser
Williamson is a retired career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service. She has served as deputy assistant secretary at the departments of State, Defense and Commerce, and as senior adviser to the secretary of energy. A former consul-general in Jerusalem, she is currently a scholar at the Middle East Institute.

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