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Science at State Conceding that "the State Department's science capabilities have not always been as substantial as they should be," U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright promised a number of improvements last month. Speaking at a plenary session at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Albright said she will issue a policy statement this month "setting forth my commitment to enhance the department's ability to handle [science and technology] issu

Margaret Heinrich
Mar 5, 2000

Science at State

Conceding that "the State Department's science capabilities have not always been as substantial as they should be," U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright promised a number of improvements last month. Speaking at a plenary session at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Albright said she will issue a policy statement this month "setting forth my commitment to enhance the department's ability to handle [science and technology] issues and to improve our access to the experts who can help us." She also outlined several other measures, including the appointment of a science adviser position within the Undersecretariat for Global Affairs; establishment of a Science Directorate within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; a boost in "solid scientific competence throughout the department"; a review of science counselor positions worldwide; and the forging of "a truly active partnership with...

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