The Office of the Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (STAS) was created in 2000 by then Secretary of State Madeline Albright in response to a 1999 study by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. STAS enhances the capacity of the Department to respond to the evolving dynamics between science, technology, and innovation (STI) and U.S. foreign policy interests, by engaging Department leadership with the vast STI community, by building the capacity of the Department to engage with technical STI issues, and by anticipating the impacts of emerging technologies on foreign policy.

The STAS mission is to:

  • Anticipate the foreign policy impacts of STI research, development, and discoveries emerging from the high-technology and private sectors
  • Build STI capacity within the Department
  • Engage the STI enterprise to promote Department policy priorities

Building up on almost two decades of activity, STAS remains a vibrant resource to Department leadership, senior Foreign Service and civil service officials, and bureaus and offices across the Department, providing a focal point for science and technology as fundamental to U.S. foreign policy. STAS also serves as a central bridge between the Department and the vast STI community in the United States and throughout the world.

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