Meridian Diplomacy Forum

The Path Forward: Strengthening American Statecraft | 2021 Diplomacy Forum

9 A.M.-12 P.M. ET | Friday, April 16 | Fully Virtual Program

This is a critical moment for American diplomacy. Beyond rebuilding bi- and multi-lateral relationships, the United States must regain its international footing, while working towards a smarter, more strategic way to develop our diplomatic capacity around the world. This is also the right time to reconceptualize what U.S. diplomacy is and should be inside and outside of government. Foreign policy issues have grown more complex. Experts are needed to deal with cyber security, information technology, energy, climate change, health and other issues, while U.S. diplomats should reflect the ethnic and racial composition of the country. It is time reconceptualize what and who a diplomat is to meet the needs of America’s 21st century statecraft.

The Meridian Diplomacy Forum is evolving in multiple ways in 2021. In addition to being held completely online, the event is shifting away from the previous focus on a U.S. bilateral or regional relationship. Instead, this year’s Diplomacy Forum will highlight the restoration of the State Department and U.S. global leadership as well as the need to reconceive and modernize our diplomatic practices and capacity to meet the demands of today’s new challenges. Visionaries and decisionmakers from the Biden administration, Congress, Foreign Service, private sector, and civil society will gather to share an all-of-sectors approach to retool and strengthen the United States’ engagement with the world.

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