Reimagining US Diplomacy: A book discussion with Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, Tom Perriello, and Elizabeth Shackelford
In 2017, Elizabeth Shackelford wrote a pointed resignation letter to her then boss, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. She had watched as the State Department was gutted, and now she urged him to stem the bleeding by showing leadership and commitment to his diplomats and the country. If he couldn’t do that, she said, “I humbly recommend that you follow me out the door.”
In The Dissent Channel, former diplomat Elizabeth Shackelford shows that this is not a new problem. Shackelford chronicles the challenges of addressing crisis overseas with an under-resourced State Department at the mercy of a foreign policy driven by inertia and short-term political needs.
Join Shackelford as she discusses longstanding problems in US foreign policy and how, particularly in light of the COVID pandemic, we build a better and more meaningful approach to and support for US diplomacy. Shackelford will be joined by Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and Tom Perriello, former Congressman, QDDR special representative, and now Executive Director of Open-Society-US. The conversation will be moderated by Sarah Margon, director of foreign policy at Open Society.