The State Department’s current risk aversion at higher-threat posts obstructs the performance of the most basic functions of a diplomat. Effective diplomacy to meet national interests requires a method to engage more broadly even in high-threat locations. The Academy’s new report suggests three changes to address the growing level of risk intolerance experienced in U.S. missions abroad.
Effective American diplomacy demands a strong Department of State to execute it. The Academy’s new report offers the Department recommendations for how to enhance its structures and processes to better identify, recruit, train, support, equip, and protect its people in the Foreign and Civil Service.
Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021 – The State Department’s current approach to risk is too risk-averse and inhibits Foreign Service Officers from accomplishing critical portions of their missions, to the detriment of our national security. The American Academy of Diplomacy’s new report Changing the Risk Paradigm for U.S. Diplomats suggests several changes to address the growing level of risk intolerance experienced in U.S. missions abroad.
“Support for American Jobs – Parts I & II” are two reports based on business views of U.S. commercial diplomacy programs, prepared by the American Academy of Diplomacy under the direction of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.
Access the detailed description of the Academy views on the State Department reorganization and the reasons why the Academy opposes the proposed budget cuts:
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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.