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Science Diplomacy Course

The course Science Diplomacy: Environmental Security and Law in the Arctic Ocean is co-taught via video-link by Professors Paul Arthur Berkman of The Fletcher School and Alexander Vylegzhanin of The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Held in partnership between the Russia and Eurasia Program and the Science Diplomacy Center at The Fletcher School, the class addresses the elements of science diplomacy that apply across our civilization: understanding of changes over time and space; instruments for Earth system monitoring and assessment; early warning systems; catalysts of public-policy agendas; features of international legal institutions; sources of invention and commercial enterprise; continuity across generations; and global tool of diplomacy. The overall objective of the course is to consider the contributions of science diplomacy for building common interests among nations so that we can balance economic prosperity, environmental protection, and societal well-being – in view of today’s urgencies and the needs of future generations – across our world.

Those interested in science diplomacy can access information about the Science Diplomacy Dialogue Series with Professor Paul Arthur Berkman that was held in Fall 2018.

The course was taught in Spring 2017, Spring 2018, and Spring 2019. It will be offered in Spring 2020.

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