[ONLINE] - Reinventing the State Department


American diplomacy is in need of revolution.

Today's State Department was created over a century ago, in service of global goals for a developing superpower and responding to international conflicts that are very different from the ones we face today. For America to return to the international stage and lead from the front, it will require new skills, new perspectives, and different resources. As Anne-Marie Slaughter writes in a recent article for Democracy Journal, "It is time to transform the Foreign Service into the Global Service and play by a very different set of rules."

Join New America and Democracy Journal to explore the potential of a new Global Service, and the future of American diplomacy.


Ambassador Nicholas Burns,
Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School
Under Secretary of State (2005-2008)
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001)

Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), @RepRoKhanna
Member of the House Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees

Anne-Marie Slaughter, @SlaughterAM
CEO, New America
Former Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State

Michael Tomasky
Editor, Democracy Journal


Candace Rondeaux,
Senior Fellow, International Security Program, New America
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University
Senior Fellow, Center on the Future of War