- Diplomacy Lab
Florida International University is a partner university of the Diplomacy Lab, a program by the U.S. State Department. This public-private partnership launched by the Secretary Kerry in 2013, 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 United States.
The 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.
As a partner school, FIU conducts research around various topics presented by the State Department in areas including climate change, democracy and human rights, counterterrorism, global health, and energy security. Student teams are recruited to undertake the Diplomacy Lab projects. Over the course of the semester, faculty members guide the 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.