Diplomacy Lab

The Weiser Diplomacy Center serves as U-M’s administrative hub for the program.
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Through the Weiser Diplomacy Center, U-M became one of 30 partner universities nationwide offering students to participate in the Diplomacy Lab, a program run by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships.

Diplomacy Lab aims to broaden the State Department’s research base and engage students from partner  universities to help tackle pressing, policy-relevant questions posed by active State Department officials. Read about recent experiences.

How does Diplomacy Lab work?

A list of proposed projects is shared with universities that are participating in Diplomacy Lab. Faculty at partner universities “bid” on the projects they’d like to lead a student team in researching during the next semester. Research can be conducted as part of a course, an independent study arrangement, or as an extracurricular activity.


Current projects

“Through Diplomacy Lab, my team had the opportunity to work with the State Department Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs. We conducted qualitative and quantitative research to support SPEHA’s mission to bring hostages home and improve coordination with families of hostages. This project deepened my understanding of a central aspect of American diplomacy and allowed my team to form relationships with experts in the field,” says Karuna Nandkumar, BA’21.
Diplomacy Lab at UM



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