Unveiling Diplomacy 2.0: Navigating America’s Global Strategy in the 21st Century

The last time the United States, as a nation, had an integrated and united approach to our global strategy was during the Cold War. While it undoubtedly shaped today's global landscape, the U.S. faces far more complicated objectives, leading to the question: What is the true collective U.S. global objective more than 20 years into the 21st century?

Ambassador Stuart Holliday, CEO of Meridian International Center, convened 14 of today's top CEOs and U.S. government officials in this space to answer this question, examining how the U.S. must adapt to the evolving geopolitical landscape, emphasizing global competitiveness that goes beyond traditional government channels.

Here are some top takeaways from the program:

Optimizing Resources: A Strategic Alliance Between Government and Private Sector

In light of fiscal constraints facing the U.S. government, a complex dilemma arises. The multitude of pressing issues necessitates the strategic allocation of resources, posing challenges alongside increased global trade competition. A compelling solution involves the government strategically partnering with the private sector to address critical areas, thereby emphasizing the importance of corporate diplomacy. This collaborative approach not only amplifies the impact on societal challenges but also communicates the intrinsic value of global engagement to both private sector stakeholders and U.S. citizens.

Geoeconomics & Rethinking U.S. Business Engagement Strategies

Analyzing China's global governance strategy, notably marked by geoeconomic influence, raises concerns as recipient nations often encounter dissatisfaction due to attached conditions or suboptimal results. The comparatively restrained presence of American companies overseas underscores the necessity for increased international business participation, advocating for a more strategic and value-centric engagement approach. Initiatives such as delegation-style trips, enhanced financing, and public-private partnerships can serve as accessible entry points to foster stronger connections and enhance the overall impact of U.S. business activities abroad. American companies can and should show up. There are unrivaled opportunities where American companies have advantages across management, localization, standards, safety, and more.

Developing Diplomacy 2.0 Amidst a Global Paradigm Shift

Diplomacy transcends governments, incorporating diverse stakeholders such as athletes, artists, musicians, business leaders, and scientists, all of whom should be integral to shaping our global strategy. Nevertheless, the fractured and polarized nature of American society poses a significant hurdle in implementing this comprehensive approach. There exists a pressing need for a novel institutionalized framework, a recalibrated regulatory scheme, and an enriched long-term strategy to navigate the dynamic shifts in the global order adeptly. This transformative initiative aims to address new geoeconomic shortcomings in in the 21st century and liberate the nation from entrenched 20th-century perspectives.

Project summary

Unveiling Diplomacy 2.0: Navigating America’s Global Strategy in the 21st Century
Number of Attendees: 15
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: United States
Impact Areas: Foreign Policy
Program Areas: Diplomatic Engagement
Partners: Private Sector, Public Sector