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On Demand: Women and Statecraft History Rollout

December 1, 2020 • 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST

A Conversation with Fiona Hill, Sara Bush Castro, and Elizabeth C. Charles

The CSIS Project on History and Strategy is pleased to introduce Women and Statecraft History, a compilation of personal essays by women who have made careers out of studying and applying military and diplomatic history. Three of the contributors joined PHS's Emma Bates on Dec 1, 2020 for a discussion about their career paths, their take on diversity in the field of statecraft history, and their advice for the next generation of scholars. 

The search for history’s answers and their implications for tomorrow have led our contributors across the globe and into the highest councils of government. Each remembers her key mentors and the impact they had, whether by asking important questions, encouraging academic pursuits, and modeling female excellence. We hope the experiences shared in these pages provide similar inspiration and validation for all young people interested in employing history to inform policy and educate future public servants and leaders.

Today’s leadership challenges in the face of immense change and looming great power competition belie the notions that diplomatic and military history have been well-enough studied and that there is nothing left for practitioners to learn. The world needs a new and diverse generation of scholar-practitioners whose reinterpretations of the history of statecraft can guide us through the next several decades of international relations.

This report is made possible by general support to CSIS. No direct sponsorship contributed to this report.

Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution

Susan Colbourn

DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Seth Center

Emma Bates