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Renewing American Diplomacy

America's diplomats are still critical for US foreign policy, but the foreign service must become more flexible to engage the next generation and solve today's problems, our guests argue. What would change look like?
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Years of underinvestment, politicization, and data on looming retention problems raise urgent questions about the need for change in the United States Department of State. Ambassador Marcie Ries and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow Constanza Castro Zúñiga join Deep Dish to explain why diplomacy is still critical for American foreign policy and offer solutions to reimagine the diplomatic service for a new generation. 

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About the Guests
Ambassador (retired), US Department of State.
Marcie Ries
Ambassador Marcie Ries is a veteran diplomat with thirty-seven years of service in Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. She was a three-time Chief of Mission and most recently represented the United States as Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2012-2015. She is co-author of a 2020 report from Harvard’s Belfer Center offering recommendations on creating “A US Diplomatic Service for the 21st Century.”
Marcie Ries
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow, US Department of State
Constanza
Constanza Castro Zúñiga is a State Department Charles B. Rangel International Affairs fellow and co-author of a new study from Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy called “The Crisis in the State Department,” evaluating data on retention among current officers.
Constanza
Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with expertise in policy and politics. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson

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