Published March 13, 2019

Examining the State of U.S. Diplomacy

‘The State of Diplomacy’ to be addressed during March 20 Great Decisions discussion. 

MONMOUTH, Ill. – Say what you will about the current presidential administration in the United States, but at least one thing seems clear – the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended.

At the next Great Decisions discussion forum at Monmouth College on March 20, “The State of Diplomacy” will be addressed. Political science professor Mike Nelson will introduce the topic at 7:30 p.m. in Room 276 of the College’s Center for Science and Business.

During President Trump’s administration, many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning.

Nelson and the rest of the Great Decisions group will attempt to answer what effect those changes are having now and how they will affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries.

Called “America’s largest discussion program on world affairs,” Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of foreign policy issues.

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