Launched by Secretary Kerry in 2013, the Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at colleges and universities across the U.S. Diplomacy Lab underscores Secretary of State Kerry’s commitment to engage the American people in the work of the State Department, and the need to broaden the Department’s research base in response to a proliferation of complex global challenges.
Diplomacy Lab will soon be a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and FIU. Schools participating in Diplomacy Lab conduct research around various topics presented to them by the State Department in areas including climate change, democracy and human rights, counterterrorism, global health, and energy security. FIU will soon be responsible for recruiting student teams to undertake Diplomacy Lab projects and faculty members to guide the teams. Over the course of a semester, professors guide students in developing a final work product that accomplishes the goals outlined by the Department. Students have opportunities throughout the semester to discuss their research with State Department officials.