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Published April 16, 2010 | public
Journal Article

Science in Diplomacy


Throughout human history, science and technology have been the backbone of innovations that have driven economic development. Yet, rather oddly, they have not been seriously invoked in the pursuit of diplomacy. This Commentary examines the important role of science in diplomacy and its soft-power in world affairs and peace.

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© 2010 Elsevier Inc. Available online 15 April 2010. I wish to acknowledge the enthusiastic support of my colleagues on the President's Council of Advisors on S&T, particularly John Holdren, Harold Varmus, and Eric Lander. I thank Jason Rao and Steve Fetter of the White House (OSTP), Bill Lawrence and Manu Bhalla of the State Department, and the Ambassadors and Embassy staff for all their efforts, especially during my 5 weeks of travel.

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