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Albright promises more science at the U.S. State Department


  • Randy Showstack


Saying that the divide between the two cultures of science and diplomacy is real, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on February 21 began to try to bridge that divide by outlining several proposals from an upcoming March policy statement on ensuring that the State Department and U.S. foreign policy tap into scientific and technological expertise during and after the Clinton Administration.

As part of her plan to build up the leadership and management structure for science and technology issues, Albright said she soon will appoint a science advisor within the department's Under Secretariat for Global Affairs, and establish a science directorate within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.These moves, she said, would help to spread science competence throughout the department, and would not be limited to specific areas.