Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science Jonathan Margolis

Science Diplomacy in a Changing World

April 12, 2018
1:00 – 2:00pm

Lecture by Jonathan Margolis:
Science Diplomacy in a Changing World: How Science in Foreign Policy Works for Peace, Security, Prosperity & Development

Science diplomacy operates in a unique niche of U.S. foreign policy tools. International scientific cooperation allows U.S. scientists – working for the government, academia, or non-governmental institutions – access to a broad range of scientific, data, funding, and foreign expertise. Science diplomacy can also achieve meaningful policy goals outside of strictly scientific realms: increased preparedness for global pandemics, better technologies for American manufacturing, cleaner water in geopolitical hotspots. Even when other aspects of a political or economic relationship seem strained or shut down, scientific cooperation has continued to allow us to make progress towards U.S. foreign policy goals. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science Jonathan Margolis will discuss how science diplomacy has worked in the past, how it’s working towards fulfilling our current national security goals, and how the State Department and the U.S. government sees science diplomacy operating in a rapidly changing scientific and technological future.

Jonathan Margolis, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as Acting 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.

April 12, 2018
1:00 – 2:00pm
907 Floyd Ave
Commons Theater