Diplomacy Lab projects at U-M

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Our great DipLab team is now working on a set of recommendations for the State Department that could influence China to cooperate more closely with the United States in stemming illegal drugs and chemical precursors from China to the US."

Ambassador (ret.) Melvyn Levitsky, Professor of International Policy and Practice


    • Botswanan and Namibian public attitudes towards solar power, Omolade Adunbi, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies 
    • Mapping Chinese Overseas Precursor Chemical Manufacturing, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, Ford School
    • Bringing Women to the Table - Meaningful Participation of Women as Negotiators in Situations of Conflict, John Ciorciari, Ford School
    • Planning to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability: Embracing a Strategic, Whole-of-Government Approach, Javed Ali, Ford School

    • Gaming our way out of a Crisis: A simulation-based approach towards a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela, Javed Ali, Ford School
    • The Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Gender-Based Violence Incidences in Latin America, Natasha Pilkauskas, Ford School
    • Where are the U.S. Citizens? GIS Maps Visualizing the Diaspora in Mexico, Jon Hanson, Ford School

    • Who is spreading Disinformation in Sub-Saharan Africa? John Ciorciari, Ford School
    • Analyzing Existing Laws on Money Laundering in the Western Hemisphere, Kathryn Dominguez, Economics & Ford School
    • Space Exploration: Space Diplomacy Framework, Kristina Daugirdas and Monica Hakimi, Law School
    • China’s Domestic Drug Problems, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, Ford School
    • Locked Up Abroad: the responses and strategies of advocates for hostages and detainees, Javed Ali, Ford School

Student impact

Justine D'Souza (MPP/MSW'23)

"This project showed me the importance of lived experience and how expertise comes from more than only quantitative and technical capacities. As an individual, some of the most important skills I brought to the team were my years of experience working in human services and advocating against gender-based violence."
Gender-Based Violence Incidences in Latin America

Student impact

Brett Bolog (BA'22)

"The State Department Diplomacy Lab not only gave me insight into a specific issue facing Latin America, but it gave me experience engaging stakeholders, making policy recommendations, and understanding foreign policy perspectives from a range of international actors. This program excelled at taking what I learned from the classroom and putting it into practice, so that I could complete a meaningful project that will benefit our State Department officials."