AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DIPLOMACY

Strengthening American Diplomacy

aka AAD   |   Washington, DC   |  www.academyofdiplomacy.org

Mission

The Academy's mission is to support and strengthen U.S. diplomacy and enhance public appreciation of its critical role in advancing the national interest.

In pursuit of its goals, the Academy supports programs that help diplomats respond to a world undergoing change, highlights past achievements and future opportunities for U.S. diplomacy, advocates for the resources needed to conduct an effective foreign policy, and fosters constructive debate on the best use of U.S. diplomatic assets.

Academy members are former career and non-career U.S. government officials who have served with distinction in international affairs. They are elected by their peers based on criteria of professionalism and achievement, and reflecting the Academy's commitment to diversity.

Ruling year info

1989

President

Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann

Main address

1200 18th Street NW, Suite 902 Suite 902

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

52-1341314

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Professional Societies, Associations (Q03)

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

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Joseph J. Sisco Memorial Forum

Joseph J. Sisco was the Chairman of the American Academy of Diplomacy from 1999-2004. When he passed away in the fall of 2004, he requested that gifts in his honor be made to the Academy. The Academy decided that the best use of the generous donations made by his friends and family was to stimulate public discussion on the foreign policy themes to which Dr. Sisco dedicated his career. With the help of his daughter Carol, the Sisco Family Fund, and gifts from Academy members, the Academy created the Sisco Memorial Forum: a periodic series of events dedicated to discussion of pertinent themes in US foreign policy. These events have been held in Washington, DC

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Strengthening the Department of State (May 2019)
The Academy’s new report offers a set of recommendations for how to enhance the structures and processes of the State Department to help it better identify, recruit, train, support, equip, and protect its people in the Foreign and Civil Service.The report specifically focuses on issues and actions that would allow the Department to enhance its operations on its own, without the need for congressional or Executive actions.

Support for American Jobs (Volume I, March 2016 and Volume II, June 2017)
The Academy’s reports "Support for American Jobs," written under the direction of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, address how to update State and Commerce Department support for American commerce abroad.

American Diplomacy at Risk (April 2015)
This in-depth report looks at the alarming state of American diplomacy today and makes a comprehensive set of recommendations, aiming to stimulate the changes necessary to prepare American diplomacy for the challenges of the 21st century.

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Awards Program Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to American Diplomacy :
AAD annually presents the Walter & Leonore Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy, the Arthur Ross Media Awards for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs, and the Douglas Dillon Book Award for a Book of Distinction on the Practice of American Diplomacy to individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the field of diplomacy.

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In 2018, the Academy began its collaboration with the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut through a program suggested by Hotchkiss alum and Academy member, Ambassador Robert M. Beecroft. Through this partnership, the Academy has since created the Ambassador Speaker Series, which aims to educate students about the importance of diplomacy.

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Starting in 2019, the Academy is partnering with the Weiser Diplomacy Center to hold an Ambassadors Forum at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan. The Forum will gather Academy members, students, University and community members for a panel discussions on a current foreign affairs topic.

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Each year, Texas Tech University and the American Academy of Diplomacy co-host prestigious panel discussions to enhance public understanding of critical foreign policy areas with the purpose of expanding understanding of US diplomacy. The program, which began in 2016, is held at the International Cultural Center, on the Texas Tech University campus.

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The Omaha Ambassadors Forum is a yearly program to bring distinguished diplomatic practitioners to speak with students and community leaders in Omaha. Each year’s program is developed jointly by the Academy in cooperation with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Burlington International whose funding has made these programs possible.

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The Arthur Ross Foundation generously provided the American Academy of Diplomacy with a fund to create a series of discussions exploring the role of diplomacy in US foreign relations, and encouraging discussions of foreign affairs across the country. These discussions are co-hosted by the Academy together with the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. They feature a range of Academy's members and bring together a diverse audience of students and community members.

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As Americans debate the costs and purpose of the country's participation in international affairs, it is more important than ever to understand how America's diplomats advance and defend U.S. national interest around the world. Two new podcast series - "The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation" and "American Diplomat: Real Stories Behind the News" offer listeners an inside look as to what diplomacy is and what takes place on the ground, straight from the diplomats as well as their military and other colleagues overseas that make it happen. This program is implemented in collaboration with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

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Goals & Strategy

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1. To enhance the capacity of the current diplomatic corp to perform their duties to the best of their abilities in a world undergoing change.
2. To advocate for the resources needed to conduct an effective foreign policy.
3. To foster constructive debate on the best use of U.S. diplomatic assets.
4. To highlight past achievements and future opportunities for U.S. diplomacy to US policy-makers and the general public.
5. To expand the public's understanding of the role of diplomacy in advancing U.S. national interest.
6. To increase the appreciation for and the interest in careers in diplomacy among high school, college students and young professionals.

To accomplish its goals, the Academy utilizes the following strategies:
1. Bringing in new Academy members from the ranks of the recently-retired ambassadors and other top U.S. foreign policy leaders.
2. Staying in close contact with the current leadership of the State Department as well as congressional policymakers in order to better understand the current needs and challenges.
3. Providing tailored and timely recommendations to the State Department and Congressional lawmakers on how to strengthen American diplomacy.
4. Holding public events to discuss various topics related to U.S. diplomacy.
5. Recording regular podcasts that offer listeners an inside look at what diplomacy is and what takes place on the ground, straight from the diplomats as well as their military and other colleagues overseas that make it happen.

The Academy's number one asset and capability lies in its members -- over 300 former career and non-career senior U.S. government officials who have served with distinction in international affairs. Together they represent a unique wealth of talent and expertise in the practice of American diplomacy and foreign policy. While Academy members are retired from active federal government service, they remain active in foreign policy think tanks, NGOs, international bodies, global consulting firms, major U.S. companies and top U.S. universities. All of these various avenues provide opportunities for the Academy to reach the current diplomats, policymakers, teachers, students and the general public in the pursuit of its mission of strengthening American diplomacy.

To achieve its goals of enhancing the capacity of the current diplomatic corps and advocating for the resources needed to conduct an effective foreign policy, in 2019 the Academy has so far…
1. Published a new report titled “Strengthening the Department of State,” which contains 34 concrete recommendations for how the State Department can enhance its structures and processes to better identify, recruit, train, support, equip, and protect its people in the Foreign and Civil Service.
2. Developed a computer-based simulation for training incoming ambassadors. This simulation is a product of a collaboration with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and the McCain Institute.
3. Provided 12 members as speakers for FSI’s Ambassadorial Panel Discussion for the new RSO training course.


To highlight past achievements and future opportunities for U.S. diplomacy as well as to expand the public's understanding of and appreciation for the role of diplomacy in advancing U.S. national interest, in 2019 the Academy has….
1. Held five public events on topics related to U.S. diplomacy
2. Produced 48 new podcast episodes on U.S. diplomacy
3. Achieved nearly 1 million downloads of its podcasts by audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad.
4. Reached over 2,000 Facebook followers and over 2,300 Twitter followers with regular posts about U.S. diplomacy and diplomats.

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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DIPLOMACY

Board of directors
as of 08/21/2019
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Board co-chair

Ambassador Thomas Pickering


Board co-chair

Ambassador Marc Grossman

Tibor Nagy

Nancy Powell

Arlene Render

Peter Romero

Johnnie Carson

Charles Cobb

Frances Cook

Lorne Craner

Paula Dobriansky

Shaun Donnelly

Charles Ford

Alonzo Fulgham

Robert Gallucci

Harold Geisel

William Harrop

Robert Hunter

Janice Jacobs

Kristie Kenney

Deborah McCarthy

John Negroponte

Anne Patterson

Charles Ray

Marcie Ries

Peter Romero

Edward Rowell

Francis Taylor

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Michael Van Dusen

Nicholas Veliotes

Jenonne Walker

Earl Wayne

Molly Williamson

Frank Wisner

Johnny Young

Edward Rowell

Patrick Theros

Frank Wisner

Frances Cook

Charles Ray

Harold Geisel

Marcie Ries

John Negroponte

Avis Bohlen