Democracy Arsenal

« Canceling Iraq’s Blank Check | Main | A Pundit Not a President »

August 19, 2008

Science Diplomacy?
Posted by Adam Blickstein

The New York Times has an interesting interview with Nina Federoff, who holds the unique positions of Science Advisor to Secretary of State Condi Rice:

Q. WHY DOES THE SECRETARY OF STATE NEED A SCIENCE ADVISER?

A. Because science and technology are the drivers of the 21st century’s most successful economies.

There are more than six billion of us,  and the problems of a crowded planet are everyone’s: food, water, energy, climate change, environmental degradation. Other nations, even those that have lost respect for our culture and politics, still welcome collaboration on scientific and technological issues.

She goes on to discuss how State opens the door to intrastate collaboration on science and research by negotiating nation-to-nation science and technology agreements, bringing together scientists and engineers from across the world in some sort of bespectacled rendition of "It's a Small World" in a laboratory.  Of course, the rhetoric would be great if the Bush administration didn't have a spotty to sub-par to wretched record on financing science and research here in the U.S.  Not to mention science education, in which the U.S. has slipped far behind other industrial nations, ranking behind countries such as Latvia, France and Croatia in the latest assessments. 

Federoff acknowledges the loss of U.S. prestige around the world, but it doesn't help when the President routinely shrugs off science (global warming, agriculture, NASA) for political reasons. In fact in nearly all of the policy areas she names (food, water, energy, climate change, environmental degradation), America basically has no credibility on which to lead let alone influence other nations with the Administration having so completely squandered our moral authority.

The bottom line is diplomacy of any kind only works if American policies back-up our rhetoric, and the rest of the world can trust our leadership. Sadly, with science, as elsewhere, the sanguine veneer the Bush administration tries wash itself in fails to hide its reckless record and failed policies, resulting in more hollow diplomacy abroad.

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451c04d69e200e5540ee4068834

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Science Diplomacy?:

Comments

Dig a little deeper. If State has a science advisor, it must also have a Christian advisor, for balance,

Welcome to our game world, my friend asks me to buy some knight noah . I do not know how to use the knight online gold ; my friend tells me how to use. I will thank for my friends bringing me in this world. I am not regret to buy knight online noah . We all love game, if you want to play it, please buy cheap knight gold and join us. Please do not hesitate to have game.

When you have Anarchy credits, you will become strong. With Anarchy Online credits, you can upgrade and admire by others. You can use Anarchy gold to start the journey of the world. So, do not hesitate, let us move to buy AO credits

But when I have it, it carries the magic from such a group, such a link in the world, cheap hellgate gold , it is the key bring you to this world. But buy Hellgate Palladium is the best desire that I make.

Playing online games can make much Cheap metin2 gold. And you can use the Buy metin2 gold do what you want to do in the online game.

My friend told me that she would buy Asda Story money for me, and I was so happy. I do not like to go shopping, because it always spends a lot of money, but I never hesitate to buy Asda Story Gold.

My friend told me that she would buy Asda Story money for me, and I was so happy. I do not like to go shopping, because it always spends a lot of money, but I never hesitate to buy Asda Story Gold.

My friend told me that she would buy Asda Story money for me, and I was so happy. I do not like to go shopping, because it always spends a lot of money, but I never hesitate to buy Asda Story Gold

Your web site is beautiful. issues are understood. very useful and descriptive. Thanks for sharing.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Emeritus Contributors
Subscribe
Sign-up to receive a weekly digest of the latest posts from Democracy Arsenal.
Email: 
Powered by TypePad

Disclaimer

The opinions voiced on Democracy Arsenal are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of any other organization or institution with which any author may be affiliated.
Read Terms of Use