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Diplomacy Lab

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Diplomacy Lab

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The Diplomacy Lab is a U.S. Department of State program that allows university faculty and students contribute to the policy-making process while also helping the Department of State access an underutilized reservoir of intellectual capital. Students participating in the Diplomacy Lab program work under the guidance of faculty experts to explore real-world challenges and develop innovative responses to those challenges.

The University of Oklahoma is a partner university in the Diplomacy Lab program. Working directly with the Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, OU serves as a leading institution among the Diplomacy Lab university participants.

Background & How It Works

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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.

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.

Contact US

OU Diplomacy Lab Liaison

Jennifer Grover

University of Oklahoma
David L. Boren College of International Studies
729 Elm Ave., Farzaneh Hall Room 118
Norman, OK 73019

For more information, visit the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab website.

You may submit questions to OU’s Diplomacy Lab Coordinator by emailing However, if your university is already participating in the Diplomacy Lab, contact your university’s designated Diplomacy Lab Coordinator.