2007 Policy #02 Diplomacy Top Centers

EIN Starting Points/Rank

U.S. Department of Stateexternal link
Official website. 1

Council on Foreign Relationsexternal link
CFR is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. The Council is headquartered in New York with an office in Washington, DC. Includes articles published in Foreign Affair magazine. 2

Public Diplomacy Websiteexternal link
Sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency Alumni Association. This web site is designed to inform anyone interested in U.S. foreign affairs regarding the important role public diplomacy has played, and is playing, in supporting U.S. foreign policy and in safeguarding and advancing U.S. interests. Site includes articles about public diplomacy and its conduct as well as the debate over public policy and its future. 3

USC Center on Public Diplomacyexternal link
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is a joint academic research, teaching and training Center created and run jointly by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences School of International Relations. Site provides “What’s New In Public Policy,” events, center projects and a library. 4

Foreign Policy In Focusexternal link
FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. They believe U.S. security and world stability are best advanced through a commitment to peace, justice and environmental protection as well as economic, political, and social rights. FPIF advocates that diplomatic solutions, global cooperation, and grassroots participation guide foreign policy. 5

Coalition for Citizen Diplomacyexternal link
The Coalition for Citizen Diplomacy, representing millions of volunteer citizen diplomats across the United States, promotes positive and sustainable international engagement of Americans through a wide range of international exchange and educational initiatives involving innovative public, private, and volunteer partnerships. 6

Saudi Arabia U.S. Relations Information Serviceexternal link
The SUSRIS project — an independent, private-sector information resource – offers objective, comprehensive news and information on the history, breadth and depth of the US-Saudi Arabia relationship. 7

Empower the United Nations!external link
The purpose of this website is to facilitate & coordinate information from people & organizations throughout the world who are working towards the revitalization & reform of the United Nations and creating a People’s Parliament within the United Nations. 8

Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacyexternal link
The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peace building and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through a multi-track diplomatic effort, which includes government, professional conflict resolution, business, private citizen exchanges, training and education, peace activism, religion, funding, and lastly communication, which ties together all the tracks. 9

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – Global Policy Programexternal link
Projects include: Democracy; Rule of Law; Middle East; Non-Proliferation; South Asia; Trade, Equity and Development; and the U.S. Role in the World. 10

Diplomacy Monitorexternal link
Tracking Internet-based Global Diplomacy. A growing number of governments are implementing sophisticated Internet strategies to communicate their foreign affairs policies, trade initiatives, alliances and diplomatic exchanges globally as quickly as possible through websites operated by heads of state, ministries, missions, embassies and consulates, often in multiple languages. The St. Thomas University School of Law utilizes specially developed proprietary software to monitor the global output of communiqués, official statements, press briefings, position papers, interview transcripts and news releases from hundreds of diplomacy-related websites in near real-time and channel it into synthesized information streams within Diplomacy Monitor. 11

Disaster Diplomacyexternal link
Disaster-related activities can significantly influence and move along diplomatic processes which have already started, but rarely produce new diplomatic results or initiatives without other factors dominating. Disaster Diplomacy can be expanded to examine the role of disaster in international affairs and international relations as well as applying the principles and results to internal political situations. Such projects and ideas are found in the case studies and projects and ideas sections of this website. As Disaster Diplomacy embraces a wider definition, it is guided by the Radix discussion involving the links amongst disasters, human rights, and sustainability. 12

Center for Environmental Diplomacyexternal link
CED associates and their network of environmental NGOs aim to strengthen, encourage and improve Palestinian and Israeli communities through cooperation on the environment. CED programs seek to provide a cleaner environment in the West Bank, Jordan Valley and Israel. CED works to support democratic institutions and transparent governance of institutions that provide services to the community. Their goal is to promote a healthy economy to sustain environmental programs and services which foster cooperation and improve living conditions. 13

International Center for Religion and Diplomacyexternal link
ICRD is about “cause,” and has as its highest priority the task of preventing conflict rather than dealing with its consequences after the fact. Capitalizing on the positive role that religious or spiritual factors can play in facilitating trust and overcoming differences is a trademark ingredient of the Center’s approach. The mission of ICRD is to address identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution. 14

Cultural Diplomacyexternal link
This website makes a concise review of the basics of cultural diplomacy. Culture is a powerful instrument in the hands of diplomats to pursue national interest in a non-intrusive, intelligent, convincing and cost-effective manner. Culture is utilized actively in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy to foster intercultural understanding and meaningful dialogue between nations. Site provides a definition of cultural diplomacy and looks at the actors, organs and tools involved in the process, as well as links to related sites. 15