Distinguished Diplomat Program

Distinguished Diplomat Lectures
Launched in 2012, the Distinguished Diplomat Program (DDP) is a partnership between the Center for International Studies and the American Foreign Service Association.  The DDP is dedicated to promoting diplomacy in public service, private sector, and non-profit sectors.  This program invites practitioners and scholars to educate the community about current global affairs and American foreign policy; mentors students for possible careers in diplomacy and Foreign Service; and produces a major biennial lecture and dinner to survey foreign policies and challenges after each American federal election 
 
Courses Targeting the Craft of Diplomacy
The Center for International Studies, in keeping with the University of St. Thomas’ “Centers for Excellence” focus, offers a wide range of courses designed to highlight the practical “need to know” materials and skills required by students seeking a successful career in diplomacy. Courses include those handling intercultural relations and exchanges, the work of international development organizations such as the World Bank, the mechanics of the American foreign policy process, and issues in international security
 
The “Distinguished Diplomat” Lecture & Award
Established in 2013 in partnership with the American Foreign Service Association, this endowed lecture series supports the promotion of diplomacy in public, private and nonprofit service. Following soon after each Federal election, the Center’s flagship “Distinguished Diplomat Lecture” brings an eminent former U.S. Ambassador to speak on those foreign policy issues which he or she believes will most challenge and engage the President and Congress over the next two years.
 
Crisis & Issues Briefings
Often at the Ambassadorial level, speakers share their expertise on the crucial foreign policy issues. As events warrant, the program assembles experts and diplomats for Crisis Briefings on crucial and breaking international issues, such as the Arab Spring, South and East China seas maritime disputes, cyber warfare, and radicalism.
 
Mentoring
All professors spend considerable time advising students on many international career fields and opportunities. For the U.S. Foreign Service, Professor Emeritus William Cunningham and Assistant Professor Richard Sindelar are available to students at any time to advise on careers in diplomacy, for the State Dept., other government agencies, as well as international organizations and multinational corporations. We maintain regular contact with the U.S. State Dept.’s Diplomat in Residence, another key mentoring resource available to regional residents.

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Internships

Internships  

Through the network of International Studies faculty and alumni, Center for International Studies students have access to numerous internship opportunities.

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East Asia Studies

 Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program  

Gain a deeper understanding of the countries and cultures in the critical region of East Asia via CIS' Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program.

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Center for International Studies Distinguished Diplomat Program
Center for International Studies
Established in 1981, the Center for International Studies is Houston's oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. International Studies prepares students for careers in international business, law, politics and public service. In addition, the Center promotes understanding of international relations, cultural differences and the benefits that come from cooperation within the human family.
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Mailing Address:
University of St. Thomas
Center for International Studies
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

Physical Address:
Center for International Studies
Tiller Hall
4121 Yoakum Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

     
  713-525-3530
Toll Free: 713-525-3872
     
  centerforinternationalstudies@stthom.edu

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