International Science Partnership

The definition of science diplomacy varies and is the subject of much debate by politicians, scientists, and technologists alike. The umbrella term science diplomacy covers a range of formal and informal exchange, education, policy, and outreach efforts. The International Science Partnership (ISP) brings together American scientists and engineers with counterparts in countries of security concern to the U.S. to build robust personal and institutional relationships and solve critical social and environmental issues. The specific goals of the ISP are to:

• Connect U.S. scientists and engineers with their counterparts in countries with which the U.S. has a limited formal relationship, especially those considered to be of security concern to the U.S.

• Build long-term relationships and research projects based around interdisciplinary groups of young and early-career researchers

• Address and solve critical social and environmental issues, including water safety and quality, energy security, resource management, and land use and conservation

• Engage diverse groups of stakeholders, policymakers, and academics

• Promote a systems approach to tackling major scientific challenges

U.S.-Yemen Pilot Project

In June 2012, FAS brought together a team of young scientists and engineers from the U.S. and Yemen for a week-long workshop dedicated to designing projects that will help address water- and energy-related challenges in Yemen. The workshop, hosted by the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security on the grounds of the Royal Scientific Society in Amman, Jordan, consisted of several days of collaborative work, a day of systems modelling training and exercises, and a day of site visits to water monitoring stations and other water supply projects underway in Jordan. Senior technical experts are advising the U.S. and Yemeni participants throughout the project to help ensure its success and sustainability.

Participants:

Dr. Abdul-Malik Ebrahim Momin, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Sana’a University

Dr. Hamoud Al-Nahari, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Power Engineering, Sana’a University

Dr. Zamzam Abdo Yehia Mubarak, Associate Professor, Hydraulic and Hydrology Engineering, Sana’a University

Mr. Todd Levin, PhD Candidate, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Tech University

Ms. Hannah Lee, PhD Candidate, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Harvard University

Ms. Laleh Rastegarzadeh, PhD Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis

Senior experts:

Dr. Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

Dr. Hassan Abdul-Moghni, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Sana’a University

Dr. Mohammed Al-Shaghdari, Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering, Sana’a University

Publications

September 17, 2012: Science & Diplomacy, “Building A New Foundation With Yemen” by Mark Jansson and Charles D. Ferguson
2010: International Science Partnership White Paper