Sisco Memorial Forum
This year's Sisco Forum featured General Colin Powell on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Diplomacy and Violent Jihad
This year's event, in conjunction with the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The keynote speaker will be Ambassador Robert Ford. Registration will open in early fall.


AAD announces this year's Sisco Forum featuring General Colin Powell: America Confronts a World in Crisis

Join former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell for a conversation on diplomacy and policy during turbulent times. General Powell will engage in a discussion on these topics and more with Ambassador Marc Grossman, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and most recently Special Representative for Afghanistan.

Watch online here.

AAD announces event: A 21st Century Imperative: Breaking Down National Security Stovepipes

A one-day conference with panels featuring discussion on coordinating the components of state power and interagency stovepipes and their impact on policy-making and execution. Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT). Austin, TX. Register here.

AAD announces new program: The Omaha Ambassadors Forum

The Spring 2014 Omaha Ambassadors Forum took place Monday, April 7th from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Scott Conference Center. The focus of the forum, developed in conjunction with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is Asian Pivot: American Interests, Diplomacy and Regional Perspectives. Recent actions by North Korea have created uncertainty and unrest in the East Asian region and globally. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea add to these tensions. The Omaha Ambassador Forum, and its distinguished speakers, intended to address how these events will impact the interrelations between the USA, China, Japan, and other nearby nations as they demand attention in the coming months. We were extremely fortunate to have Ambassador B. Lynn Pascoe, Randall G. Schriver of Project 2049, and Ambassador John Wolf leading the Omaha Ambassador Forum this year.

AAD Report: The Foreign Policy Advisor Program: Diplomats Among Warriors

On May 10, 2013, The American Academy of Diplomacy joined with the Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation to sponsor an interactive conference on the role of the State Department Foreign Policy Advisors who serve with the U.S. military. There were presentations by Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Thomas Kelly and Director of the Army Staff Lieutenant General William J. Troy, perspectives from conference participants including active and former POLADs, and comments and strategic insights provided by General (ret) David Petraeus. Ambassador (ret) Ronald Neumann moderated the discussions. A full report, including the organizers’ observations and recommendations, may be accessed here. It will also be available in booklet form on request to

Click here to view the report.

DTOS Report

AAD Announces: "Diplomacy in a Time of Scarcity",

The Foreign Service Officers of the Department of State and the Agency for International Development (USAID) are the foot soldiers of smart power. These men and women lead and staff our 195 Embassies, 55 Consulates, and 85 USAID Missions around the world. They are our nation’s first line of defense.

Click here to view the report, written in partnership with the Stimson Center and supported by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

AAD Announces: American Academy of Diplomacy statement on attack in Benghazi

Diplomacy & Education - Teaching Resources: The Academy, in partnership with the International Center for Jefferson Studies, hosted a conference titled “Diplomacy and Education: Discovering and Teaching Reality.” Click here to view the Academy's suggested teaching resources regarding diplomatic practice.

AAD Report: "Forging a 21st-Century Diplomatic Service for the United States through Professional Education and Training"

This report puts into stark relief the urgent need to prepare and sustain a corps of American diplomatic professionals that is intellectually and operationally ready to lead in the new environment. The core of the study consists of eight succinct, specific recommendations.  They focus on the need to redress America’s  chronic under-investment in diplomacy, the need to strengthen and expand the State Department’s professional development process, and – perhaps most crucial – the requirement that as necessary resources are phased in, every U.S. Foreign Service Officer must complete a year of advanced study relevant to his or her career track as a condition for promotion to senior diplomatic ranks.

Click here to view the report, written in partnership with the Stimson Center and supported by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

News from AAD

The 2013 Arthur Ross Media Awardees were Judy Woodruff (for Reporting) and Doyle McManus (for Commentator/Editorial).

The Academy selected All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt as 2013 Dillon Book Award Winner.

Testimony: "The Mission should Drive the Numbers " - Ronald E. Neumann


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