Greetings from the Global Research Institute, where summer is off to a hopeful start. We miss our 2021 grads already, but look forward to homecoming events this fall in person! Since so many of our collaborative research projects had their genesis at BBQs, happy hours, dinner seminars, and chance meetings at the water cooler, we can’t wait to be back in person. While we have learned to flex during the pandemic, the experience has reinforced my view that there is no long-term substitute for face to face interaction if you want to maximize creativity and meaningful work. We not only crave human interaction; we need it to do high quality collaborative research.
If you want to reflect on the importance of face to face interaction, I’d encourage you to read the short essay below on the Biden-Putin summit by Professor Marcus Holmes. It is based, in part, on his book, Face to Face Diplomacy, which was workshopped here at GRI several years ago. You’ll find more timely pieces below, including a call for a more tailored approach to distributing vaccines, a how-to guide for field researchers, and findings from this year’s PIPS Fellows — who analyzed six international security challenges.
I hope to see you soon, and best wishes for a relaxing summer.