LIVE STREAM: Building a More Inclusive Foreign Service

Barbara Bodine, Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University; Reuben Brigety, Vice Chancellor and President, Sewanee: The University of the South; Capricia Penavic Marshall, President, Global Engagement Strategies, LLC. Moderated by Ertharin Cousin.

Building a More Inclusive Foreign Service

Americans are currently examining the systemic racism and inequity pervasive in so many domestic institutions, but the United States’ diplomatic presence abroad has also lacked diversity and inclusion for years. Former national security advisor Susan Rice said that when diverse and representative of the demographics of our country, America’s foreign policy workforce is destined to produce more creative and alternative solutions and thus make better decisions. Yet, statistics from the State Department show that 68 percent of staff are white and 57 percent are men. Join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for a discussion with former ambassadors on why a foreign service reflective of the United States’ diversity can strengthen American diplomacy abroad.

Copies of Capricia Marshall’s book, Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You (2020), are available for purchase from the Book Cellar at this link.    

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