Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates discuss “the reach and limitations of American power and how the U.S. can most effectively use this power” at George Washington University, Washington, DC. AFP Image
"Diplomacy 3.0” represents the three essential pillars of U.S. foreign policy: diplomacy, development, and defense. With Diplomacy 3.0, we are building diplomatic readiness, ensuring that diplomacy is again ready and able to address our nation’s growing and increasingly complex foreign policy challenges. To meet our expanding mission, we need Foreign Service personnel prepared to engage on a growing list of complex global issues from stabilization and reconstruction, to terrorism and international crime, to nuclear nonproliferation and the environment. Our diplomats also must be prepared to engage foreign audiences directly in their own languages, languages that may well require two or more years of study. To meet these needs, Secretary Clinton envisions a multi-year hiring plan that increases the Department’s Foreign Service by 25 percent. Meeting an expanding mission and properly staffing overseas posts, many of which are either difficult or dangerous, requires more personnel trained in the various skills demanded of the 21st Century’s smart diplomacy.
We seek to find and attract a talented, diverse pool of candidates with the skills that we need. Along with Washington-based recruiters, we recruit via our “Diplomats in Residence” program located on university campuses around the country, various intern programs, social and career networking media, and recruitment events organized by partner organizations.