Diplomacy training for governments, nonprofits and businesses

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Diplomacy at state & local levels

As U.S. cities and states increasingly conduct their own diplomacy with foreign counterparts, this symposium is designed to help their officials engaged in international affairs to initiate, develop and improve programs and relationships abroad. Participants will hone their diplomatic and negotiation 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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Global chief of mission seminar

This seminar prepares ambassadors to serve successfully as both the face of their country and the leader of an effective embassy in the host-country. It provides participants with the most useful and actionable knowledge and skills a modern chief of a diplomatic mission needs.

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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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Introduction to International Diplomacy

This course introduces new diplomats from around the world, as well as other international affairs professionals, to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and prepares them for the challenges they will face in their work. It provides insight into policy-making, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, immunities and other aspects of living abroad.

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Summer Diplomatic Academy

Our summer academy is a unique training program that helps prepare 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 national and local governments, embassies and consulates, international organizations and multinational businesses.

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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

Managing 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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Kathleen Stephens

Faculty Adviser
Ambassador Stephens is a professor at Stanford University and former ambassador to South Korea. She has served as acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, principal deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs and deputy assistant secretary for European affairs.
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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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