A former Foreign Service Officer, Mr. John Bradshaw is the Executive Director of the DACOR Bacon House Foundation for Foreign Service Professionals. He is former Foreign Policy Advisor to two U.S. Senators.
With this conversation, Mr. Bradshaw spotlights both his time as a Foreign Service Officer and on Capitol Hill. In follow on, he discusses the need to revitalize both the United States Department of State and Foreign Service.
His comment includes focus on the Council on Foreign Relations report “Revitalizing the State Department and America and the Harvard University Belfer Center report entitled, “A U.S. Diplomatic Service for the 21st Century," which provides ten recommendations to improve the Department of State.
In follow on, he further addresses such questions as: What indeed needs to be improved at the State Department and the Foreign Service today in 2021?
He also highlights suggested modifications to the architecture of the State Department and the Foreign Service Exam.
In closing, he reveiws the need to depoliticize the Department of State, along with what he believes to be among the top priorities of the United States Department of State.