Decline of the US State Department

American diplomacy is in decline. The resources available to the State Department have drifted toward the military. Foreign Service applications are down. After the Trump administration, it will take many years to rebuild the State Department and America’s diplomatic credibility in the world. William Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, fields a question about the need to rebuild diplomatic resources.

Featuring: Jeffrey Goldberg, William Burns

This conversation was recorded during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The week-long event is presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic. Prominent leaders and thinkers across business, politics, media, culture, science, and more participate in hundreds of panels, interviews, presentations, and screenings.

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