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Diplomacy at the 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 ambassadorial 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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Washington embassy 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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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

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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Richard Boucher

Faculty Adviser
Ambassador Boucher is a professor at Brown University and a retired career ambassador in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has served as chief State Department spokesman and assistant secretary for public affairs, as well as assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs.
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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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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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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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Charles Ford

Faculty Adviser
Ambassador Ford is a retired career minister in the Foreign Commercial Service, where he held the position of director-general. A former ambassador to Honduras, he has also served in Britain, Spain, Venezuela, Guatemala and Argentina.
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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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