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Under Biden, State Department Needs To Be Rebuilt. But Better.

Dean Rachel Kyte speaks with The Christian Science Monitor about the state of the foreign service.

Over recent years, “build back better” has become the mantra of reconstruction teams looking to rebuild communities devastated by natural disasters, from earthquakes to hurricanes, but in smarter, more sustainable ways.


Noting that the number of candidates taking the foreign service exam has fallen by half over the last decade, Rachel Kyte, dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, says the State Department’s growing politicization and falling diversity are turning off “young people who want to make a difference in the world.”

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