Building the Bench for Inclusive U.S. Foreign Policy: Civil Society Leading by Example

The Open Society Foundations, in collaboration with other partners, has supported research to better understand how civil society can drive inclusive innovation in foreign policy and national security. To this end, a new report, Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Foreign Policy Sector, demonstrates how think tanks and nongovernmental organizations can empower a diverse pool of experts to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Civil society, as the core pool for expertise in government service, can address deficits in cultural, linguistic, and religious lived experiences to offer powerful insight and cultural competency for foreign policy. Experts will discuss best practices and recommendations for the field on how to draw from the United States’ tapestry of diverse communities to gain strategic contributions to diplomacy and national security outcomes.

Please join us for the Washington, D.C., launch of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Foreign Policy Sector, in conversation with Vestige Strategies and the Truman National Security Project.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.


  • Stefanie Brown James is chief executive officer and founding partner of Vestige Strategies.
  • Anthony Robinson is the director of training and public engagement at the Truman Center for National Policy and the Truman National Security Project.
  • Alex Johnson (moderator) is the senior policy advisor for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations, Washington, D.C.


Please RSVP to [email protected] to attend this event.

Date: August 6, 2018
Time: 4:006:00 p.m.
Stefanie Brown James, Alex Johnson, and Anthony Robinson