Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., SQH 1101
Our world is increasingly defined by scientific advancements and technological innovation. Solutions to today’s global challenges — in economic growth/poverty reduction, climate change, food security, and health – will rely on developments in science and technology. Science is now a global endeavor. Developing countries are investing heavily in their science and technology infrastructure. The United States and many other countries view S&T as the means to achieve economic goals and ensure the well-being of their populations. The pursuit of knowledge and technology development relies on national level efforts and also extends beyond national jurisdictions. As a result, the linkages between foreign policy and S&T have never been stronger. Science Diplomacy integrates the foreign policy and scientific and technological communities. The U.S. integrates scientific and technological knowledge into our diplomacy to help ensure that our policies are technically sound, programmatically viable, and politically feasible. This course will explore the science and technology/foreign policy nexus with specific sectoral assessments to include energy and climate change, public health, space and innovation, and economic development. Students, through expert speakers, presentations, readings, and negotiation exercises, will explore the critical roles scientific knowledge and technological innovation play in the formation and implementation of foreign policy issues.
Please note that this course is cross-listed as HONR378D.
Instructors for FGSM370/HONR378D:
Jonathan Margolis, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health, Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
Dr. Margolis, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. In this position, he is responsible for policies and programs in the areas of International Science & Technology Cooperation, Space & Advanced Technologies, and International Health and Biodefense. From 2007-2011, Dr. Margolis served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Communications in the Bureau of International Information Programs. Dr. Margolis oversaw the Bureau’s internet, video and print products, including social media. From 2006-2007, Dr. Margolis served as the Senior Coordinator for Global and Functional Issues in the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, where he oversaw reform efforts to ensure effective use of foreign assistance resources, through strategic planning and transparent performance measures. From 1997-2006, Dr. Margolis served as the Department's Special Representative for Sustainable Development and as the Director of the Office of Policy Coordination and Initiatives in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. As Special Representative, he headed the U.S. Delegation to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. Margolis joined the State Department in 1991 as a American Association for Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow and was integrally involved in environment, water, and economic issues and programs, as part of the multilateral track of the Middle East peace process through 1996. During that time he served as the Division Chief for the Middle East and Asia in the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at American University and the Foreign Service Institute, where he conducted courses on environmental policy, negotiations, and international organizations. Margolis has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology, focusing on negotiation and conflict resolution. He holds a Master's Degree from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy. His undergraduate degree is in Fine Arts from Harvard College.
Griffin M. Thompson, Ph.D., Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, Bureau of Energy Resources
Dr. Thompson is responsible for guiding the Bureau's work on energy transformation, leveraging U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation to open markets for U.S. companies abroad by promoting market-based policies and the introduction of advanced and efficient clean energy technologies. Before joining the Bureau of Energy Resources, Dr. Thompson was the Senior Climate Change Program Manager in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, and served as the U.S. Government lead negotiator on Technology within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Dr. Thompson was also responsible for overseeing the planning, designing and implementation of the Department’s energy and climate project portfolio. This includes facilitating the strategic development of the programs, generating the substantive policy, technical and budgetary rationale for the programs, and managing the implementation of the project portfolio: clean energy, adaptation, and sustainable landscapes. Before coming to the State Department, Dr. Thompson served as Director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Executive Director of the International Institute for Energy Conservation, and as Senior Policy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Thompson has a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University.