The Rethinking Diplomacy Analysis & Opinions column features analyses, policy briefs, and commentaries on the future of diplomacy in relation to science, technology, environment, health, space, energy, infrastructure, debt, trade, supply chains, and other disciplines/areas/topics of interest to the program.
August 9, 2021
Duke's Gary Gereffi testified before the U.S. Congress on "Implementing Supply Chain Resiliency." In this interview, he expands on the topics of his hearing and explains how the value-chain framework can enhance U.S. competitiveness, promote a sustainable economy and a large number of good-quality jobs.
June 24, 2021
In an article for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization's Industrial Analytics Platform, Duke's global value chains expert Gary Gereffi writes that the COVID pandemic "highlighted the fact that many global value chains are optimized for profit maximization and efficiency instead of resilience."
May 15, 2021
DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy fellows W. Robert Pearson and Benjamin Schmitt write in Foreign Policy that the uncontrolled reentry of a Chinese rocket earlier last May shows the need for an update of space diplomacy. Now is the time for building out international norms around space activities. (Photo credit in original publication: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images.)
May 11, 2021
This report authored by our Rethinking Diplomacy/National Science Network team expands on the concepts expressed in the recent letter to Science Magazine and outlines five concrete steps to bring science into U.S. diplomacy.
May 7, 2021
In a letter to Science Magazine, the Rethinking Diplomacy team and our partners at the National Science Policy Network invite the Biden-Harris administration to create a new position of Undersecretary for Scientific Affairs within the State Department.
February 1, 2021
Duke’s Patrick Duddy and Michael Schoenfeld write on Cnn.com that rebuilding international trust in the United States requires “a vigorous and creative campaign of soft power,” including the need to boost US's public diplomacy apparatus.
January 19, 2021
The 9th Summit of the Americas (SOA), “will be the Biden administration’s first opportunity to reset U.S. relations with the Latin America,” writes Rethinking Diplomacy's Patrick Duddy in an op-ed for The Hill. “These days,’ he adds, “China has become nearly as important to Latin America’s economies as the U.S.”
September 18, 2020
The recent peace deals between Israel, UAE and Bahrain stopped short of addressing the damage inflicted on a crucial area of cooperation in the Middle East—water management of the small Jordan basin. Rethinking Diplomacy affiliate Dr. Erika Weinthal co-wrote this op-ed for Foreign Policy (Photo credit in the original publication: Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images)
May 20, 2020
This paper is based on Ambassador W. Robert Pearson’s inaugural lecture of the DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program at Duke University. Here he explains how the combination of the disciplines of diplomacy and science plays an important role in facilitating the solution of complex issues.