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Background

Launched by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013, the Diplomacy Lab enables the Department of State to “course-source,” or work with students and faculty experts across the United States, on innovative research related to foreign policy challenges.

The Diplomacy Lab program addresses two priorities:

  1. Engagement: The Department of State’s determination to engage the American people in the work of diplomacy.
  2. Education: The imperative to broaden the State Department’s research base.

How the Diplomacy Lab Works

Diplomacy Lab students explore real-world challenges identified by the Department of State. A Diplomacy Lab team is made up of State officials, university faculty members and student participants. This initiative allows students to contribute directly to the policymaking process while also helping the Department of State achieve its goals.