About the Program

Diplomacy and Diversity 2014

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is a four-week graduate fellowship program in Washington, DC, Berlin and Warsaw. See the paragraphs below to learn more about the program.


The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship consists of three stages.

First, Humanity in Action convenes a group of 24 American and European graduate students for an intense four-week program in Washington, DC, Berlin and Warsaw. The Fellows participate in discussions and site visits with experts and practitioners from foreign ministries and governmental agencies, international NGOs, universities, the private sector, think tanks, media outlets and foreign policy organizations. Fellows play an active role in the program by leading discussions, introducing speakers and sharing research. This is a collaborative undertaking which builds upon the capacity of Fellows to challenge and advance their own knowledge, perspectives and attitudes towards complex international issues.

Speakers at the 2014 Fellowship included:

  • Éric Chevallier, French Ambassador for Syria
  • Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Joan Shigekawa, Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Vishakha Desai, President Emerita of the Asia Society
  • Pascal Lamy, former General Director of the World Trade Organization
  • Ronald Noble, Secretary General of INTERPOL

After the formal program, the Fellows research and write articles on contemporary issues in international relations that relate to diversity or pluralism. Humanity in Action publishes the compilation of articles in a Web format. 

Upon successful completion of the program and completion of their articles, Fellows are designated as “Senior Fellows” and join the international community of over 1,400 Humanity in Action Senior Fellows. The Senior Fellow network consists of leaders in the fields of public service, journalism, medicine, law, education, research, the arts, business and grassroots action. As Senior Fellows, program participants gain access to a range of educational and professional opportunities, such as study trips, conferences and professional internships in the European Parliament and the U.S. Congress.


The Fellowship approaches diplomacy and diversity in four ways.

First, it examines a wide range of compelling, current diplomatic issues. These pertain to international law, transatlantic relations, security and conflict, national sovereignty, international development, trade and business, democratic movements, technology and human rights. 

Second, the Fellowship examines challenges to contemporary diplomacy with a particular focus on the diversity of actors who influence the resolution of international issues. Humanity in Action takes this approach because foreign policy is no longer the sole domain of national governments and heads of state. To explore this angle, Fellows study the influence of CEOs, city governments, journalists, think tanks, NGOs, diverse domestic constituencies, lobbyists, online activists and other actors in international negotiations and initiatives. 

Third, the Fellowship analyzes a range of pressing international issues relating to ethnic, religious and national diversity. These issues include ethnic conflict, European integration, national security, international development and immigration. 

Fourth, it approaches diversity and diplomacy within the group of Fellows. Humanity in Action believes that the critical contemporary issues in diplomacy create the need for leaders from diverse backgrounds who are able to approach global challenges in innovative ways. Consequently, Humanity in Action selects a diverse and interdisciplinary group of Fellows who have the ability to tackle complex foreign policy challenges from new perspectives.


Humanity in Action developed the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship to promote constructive diplomacy in a changing world through innovative and inclusive approaches. The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship aims to increase understanding of complex diplomatic issues, including diversity, and to promote the inclusion of those of minority backgrounds in international fields for the advancement of human rights and international understanding.

2016 Program

In the 2016 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship, participants will discuss and research a wide range of subjects. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Democracy from domestic and international perspectives
  • The influence of non-state actors—including businesses, non-profits and interest groups—in foreign affairs
  • The impact of technology in foreign policy
  • National security, conflict and reconciliation
  • The European Union’s diplomatic agenda  
  • Immigration and refugees.

Photo: Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow Najma Ahmed Hussein (right) with Humanity in Action 2014 Fellows Jennifer Tsai and Michael Williams. Photo courtesy of the Sardari Group/Council on Foreign Relations.