At the US Diplomatic Studies Foundation, we are driven by the goal to help educate and support State Department Foreign and Civil Service professionals. The Foundation was formally established in 2017 after years of research on how to best improve the process behind forming and executing foreign policy. Our commitment is inspired by our belief in the diplomatic process. We believe that strong diplomacy is key to a peaceful and prosperous future, and thus educating professionals in the State Department is a critical priority.
What We Do
Our mission is to improve the training and education of Foreign Services Officers and their Civil Service colleagues at the State Department. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) which prioritizes using funds raised by the Foundation to establish innovative pilot programs, including bringing retired diplomats back to teach at FSI as well as supporting evaluation of courses and subsequent officer performance. We not only work with the State Department itself, but we collaborate with other departments and agencies to learn about the tactics they employed to improve their own training practices. “In the words of Ambassador Daniel Smith, the Director of FSI, ‘There are things that we simply can’t do with the resources we have, and I think [this partnership with] the US Diplomatic Studies Foundation will enable us to do those things in a way that we may have never envisioned before. This is an important chapter in the history of this institution.’”
Photo (from left to right): Amb. Julieta Valls Noyes, Amb. Daniel Smith, Amb. David Miller, and Amb. Thomas Pickering at the FSI-USDSF MOU Signing Ceremony on February 5th, 2019
Photo Credit: Michael Morrison
Who We Are
The US Diplomatic Studies Foundation team is composed of former seniors leaders from the State Department and National Security Council. They bring to the Foundation a great depth of expertise formed over four decades of work in the foreign policy sector, as well as a bipartisan voice.
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