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The Rethinking Diplomacy Program (RDP) at Duke University focuses on research that brings together diplomats, policy practitioners, faculty, and leading experts in various disciplines for academic collaboration, policy recommendations, and scholarship. We aim to provide a forum for discussions on emerging diplomatic issues with the goal of strengthening the connection between science and diplomacy. One of RDP’s principal goals is to highlight the importance of the combination of communication, cultural awareness, and the ability to negotiate with expertise in science, engineering, health, climate, energy, trade/finance, law, data, and other areas. We believe the complexity of the issues facing the world today requires an advanced, Anticipatory Diplomacy to addressing potential problems that involves long-horizon planning and sectoral expertise. Through research, discussion, and interaction with experts and practitioners across a variety of fields, RDP seeks to help develop a generation of diplomats, professionals, and experts with the technical expertise and diplomatic skills to enable them to succeed in an increasingly complex world.

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The Rethinking Diplomacy Program is supported by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.