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The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs Launches Its Diplomat-in-Residence Program to Elevate Public Service and Global Engagement

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Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech

Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech is pleased to announce the launch on November 8, 2023, of its Diplomat-in-Residence program. With a generous seed gift from the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, the Sam Nunn School aims to equip students with the skills necessary to address the most urgent and complex challenges facing humanity. It will also help link global challenges and opportunities to local and regional stakeholders from across industry, academia, and government to better understand the practical dimensions of economic statecraft and cross-border public-private initiatives.

“By bridging the gap between academia and real-world diplomacy, the Diplomat-in-Residence program will provide invaluable opportunities for students to gain practical insights and develop a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted challenges and opportunities in today's interconnected world,” said Dr. Adam Stulberg, Sam Nunn School Chair. “The program reflects Georgia Tech's dedication to preparing students for a rapidly evolving global landscape, empowering them to become change-makers adept at navigating the complex intersections of diplomacy, technology, and business,” he added.

The Diplomat-in-Residence program presents a unique opportunity for students and other stakeholders across the Georgia Institute of Technology and the larger community to engage with former senior diplomats. The initial cohort includes Lawrence Silverman, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait; Louise Blais, Former Canadian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Consul General in Atlanta; and Dr. Robert G. Bell, Former Senior Civilian Representative of the U.S. Secretary of Defense in Europe and Defense Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to NATO. They will each teach and convey professional lessons about the drivers, making, and practice of diplomacy that reaches across political, economic, cultural, and strategic issues. 

The program will be launched during a one-day symposium to be held on November 8 at The History Academy of Medicine (875 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309). The event will bring together current and former government officials and corporate representatives to discuss how U.S. economic diplomacy can be more effective. Discussions will be structured around three topics:

  • Implications of U.S. economic and commercial diplomacy for American companies
  • Advancing U.S. business interests abroad
  • Leveraging economic tools to advance U.S. foreign policy

“I’m thrilled to be participating in the initial fall symposium which will focus on Enhancing Economic and Commercial Diplomacy for Today’s Global Challenges,” said Ambassador Louise Blais, Senior Advisor at the Pendelton Group. “I look forward to exchanging with students and community leaders on best practices in international engagement while exploring innovative policies that will enhance the Southeast region’s global economic position well into the future.” 

Confirmed speakers include Gordon Giffin, Ambassador (Ret.) and a leader in Denton’s Public Policy and Regulation group; Peter Carter, Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Delta Airlines; Clyde Tuggle, Co-Founder and Founding Partner of Pine Island Capital Partners and Former Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs and Communications for The Coca-Cola Company; William Reinsch, Scholl Chair for International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a past President of the National Foreign Trade Council and a former Under Secretary of Commerce; Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer for the Millennium Challenge Corporation; and many others.

Contact Information:
Claire Angelle
[email protected]


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