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The Diplomacy Lab is now being led by UVA's Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation >

In Fall 2013, the U.S. State Department is partnered with the University of Virginia on a national pilot program to help address "the extraordinary proliferation of complex challenges" facing U.S. diplomats in the 21st century.

With only 3 weeks between the finalization of the Diplomacy Lab concept and the national pilot launch, UVA was able to launch a program with broad, university-wide support.


In addition to the projects undertaken by 60 students with 10 faculty mentors, OpenGrounds and the Presidential Precinct hosted a Forum with Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's senior adviser for civil society and emerging democracies, in the Dome Room of the Rotunda on November 6, 2013.

At the conclusion of the Fall 2013 semester, the two students who worked directly with Dr. Tilleman on the "Community of Democracies" project were offered summer internships with the Office of the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies.

59 students and 9 faculty from four schools and seven departments worked on projects during the Spring 2014 semester.

For More Information:
Daily Progress Article (May 2014) >

Richmond Times Dispatch article
(May 2014) >

UVA Today article (March 2014) >

UVA Today article (November 2013) >

State Department site >

Video Blog >


Diplomacy Lab event at UVA on
November 6, 2013.

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