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Director's Welcome

Flag raising ceremony with Secretary of State John Kerry, US Embassy Havana

Help Wanted: DiplomatsAmbassador Cavanaugh 2015 shaped up to be a year in which diplomacy was ascendant. The historic raising of the American flag in Havana. Landmark P5+1 (or EU-3 + 3) negotiations to constrain Iran's nuclear program. Both breakthroughs advanced normal relations between the United States and nations where there have been none in decades. In Europe, Athens and the EU reached a modus vivendi on tackling the debt crisis (with Greece staying in the Eurozone). Even London and Edinburgh seem to have used a wee bit of diplomacy to soothe the feelings of the electorate following the independence referendum (with Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom).

The world needs diplomats - for security, for prosperity, and to address vital humanitarian concerns. But diplomacy cannot solve everything. That's why for the past 56 years the University of Kentucky's Patterson School has prepared professionals to become effective practitioners of diplomacy, development, security, intelligence and international business. Our students are bright, diverse and dedicated, passionately committed to making the world better. Our graduates can be found across the planet, working at all levels of government, business and the non-profit sector.

I'm delighted you have discovered the Patterson School. This selective, globally recognized program is distinguished by its intimate size, affordability, and emphasis on both diplomacy and international commerce. Our program is flexible, designed to let you concentrate on what interests you most. Academic training focuses on theory and sharpening your writing, presentation and analytical skills. At the same time, classroom instruction is heavily augmented with experiential and interactive learning that will give you an edge when you enter an international affairs career.

Please explore this website and see what we have to offer. If you believe Patterson fits your personal needs, desires, and ambition, we would love to hear from you.

signature, Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, Patterson School of Diplomacy Director



Carey Cavanaugh, Director
Ambassador (ret.)

Patterson School | 455 POT, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0027 | 859-257-4666

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