Joseph J. Sisco was the Chairman of the American Academy of Diplomacy from 1999-2004. When he passed away in the fall of 2004, he requested that gifts in his honor be made to the Academy. The Academy decided that the best use of the generous donations made by his friends and family was to stimulate public discussion on the foreign policy themes to which Dr. Sisco dedicated his career.
The Arthur Ross Foundation generously provided the American Academy of Diplomacy with a fund to create a series of discussions exploring the role of diplomacy in US foreign relations, and encouraging discussions of foreign affairs across the country.
A strong State Department, based on a strong Foreign Service and a strong Civil Service, is a critical component of America’s security. But America’s diplomacy—the front line of our defenses—is in trouble. This report aims to stimulate the changes necessary to best prepare American diplomacy.
This report focuses on the role of the State Department Foreign Policy Advisor, or POLAD, who serve with the U.S. military. The report follows a May 2013 conference sponsored by the Simons Center and the American Academy of Diplomacy, and was hosted at the American Foreign Service Association.