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Dear Friends of ISD,
Today is Giving Tuesday, and this will be far from the only reminder of this auspicious event you receive. Before you hit delete, I hope you will pause a minute and consider the importance of strong and effective diplomacy, and of committed and well-prepared diplomats. Whether diplomacy is an art or science (or both), it is a calling: service to others, to something greater than oneself. It seeks nothing less than a more stable, peaceful, prosperous, and equitable world, fit to bequeath to our children, and theirs.
The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy aims to expand and enhance an understanding of the critical role diplomacy plays globally. Over the past year, despite the constraints of the ongoing pandemic, ISD has continued — and even expanded — its programs, its teaching and mentoring, and its outreach.

As a friend of the Institute, and a friend of diplomacy, I hope as you assess your giving for this year, you will include ISD at whatever amount is most comfortable for you. We look forward to welcoming you to upcoming events, engaging with you through our podcast, and working with you to support our programs and our students.
Please read on to see some of what we have been up to. We have been able to gather our community together in person once again, and take advantage of new-found technologies to bring our events and programs to broader audiences. New editions of our “Despatches” newsletter will come to your inbox in the weeks ahead with details on all of these, and more.
Peace Through Food New Global Commons working group report
Through our scholar-practitioner working group series “The New Global Commons,” supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, we explored food insecurity as both a tragic outcome and a driver of instability. I invite you to read the compelling report, Peace Through Food: Ending the Hunger-Instability Nexus, or watch our public discussion of the report’s findings and recommendations, hosted in September by the Stimson Center.
Last month, we began an extended working group on kleptocracy and autocracy as part of a growing global awareness of the symbiotic relationship between these two corrosive challenges to democracy and a rules-based order.
Meet ISD's 2021-22 Senior Fellows and Associates | State Department main building
In September, ISD launched the School of Foreign Service’s (SFS) first Executive Master’s Program in Diplomacy and International Affairs in cooperation with the State of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first cohort of students are halfway through this intensive program run by SFS faculty and ISD staff, which dives deep in the full range of global diplomatic challenges.
Pandemic allowing, this spring ISD will welcome back to campus the Georgetown Leadership Seminar, and in the summer, the Young Asian Diplomats seminar.

Building on the graduate and undergraduate Certificates in Diplomatic Studies, ISD is also partnering with the SFS Career Center on a program geared toward the bumper crop of Pickering, Rangel, and Payne Fellows at SFS this year – 25, up from ten last year.

Our case studies library in diplomacy continues to be the preeminent source for real-world, experiential learning in international affairs. Our cases, which number over 250, are used by instructors around the world.
Diverse Diplomacy Leaders Speaker Series
Our Diverse Diplomacy Leaders speaker series, funded in part by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and now in its fourth year, continues to reach a broad, global audience with candid, personal, and inspiring stories from members of underrepresented communities who answered the call to global service. Notable interviews in 2021 included a panel with LGBTQ+ diplomats, as well as conversations with U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown, Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Carmen G. Cantor, and recently retired Ambassador Donald Yamamoto.  Video recordings of the entire series are available at

You can register for the final event of the semester, A Conversation with USAID Mission Director for Kosovo, Zeinah Salahi, on our website.       
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The Donald F. McHenry Global Public Service Fellows Program | globe background
The Donald F. McHenry Global Public Service Fellowship Program welcomed its second cohort of five SFS master’s students this fall. The now ten students, pursuing degrees across the SFS graduate programs, come to Georgetown from Venezuela, Colombia, Croatia, Nigeria, Iraq, Ghana, and South Korea, as well as Arizona, Arkansas, and New York. I invite you to meet these ten extraordinary students, each committed to transformational global service.
Donate to the McHenry Fellowship Fund
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We just wrapped up season three of our podcast, Diplomatic Immunity, with a special episode on misinformation and disinformation with White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki.  The podcast pairs well with The Diplomatic Pouch, ISD’s blog. The 120 posts published over the last 18 months address pressing issues in current foreign affairs, diplomacy, and history.    
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Thank you for your continued engagement in diplomacy and your support to ISD.
Be safe. Be well. And, best wishes for the holiday season and for the New Year.

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