Developing a Diplomatic Corps that is Second-to-None

  • June 07, 2011
  • Mr Samuel R White Jr

The 2010 National Security Strategy marked a change in emphasis in United States foreign policy direction after more than a decade of continuous military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq. While a strong and capable military is still the cornerstone of U.S. national security, this broad and holistic approach to international relationships involves a whole-of-government mindset. In addressing this concept, the Center for Strategic Leadership partners with universities from around the country to educate and develop future diplomats who will be part of this vanguard. A highlight of these important partnerships is the International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise. But CSL also offers other experiential learning and education possibilities for both graduate-level international relations students as well as current Foreign Service professionals. Through interaction, the War College builds long-term partnerships with like-minded institutions - institutions which share the same educational, enrichment and outreach objectives and who focus on developing strategic leaders and decision makers.