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In today’s interconnected world, America must use all of the instruments of national security and foreign policy at its disposal. America’s civilian tools of diplomacy and development are critical, which is why the USGLC supports a strong and effective International Affairs Budget for:

  • Protecting National Security by fighting terrorism, stabilizing weak and fragile states, combating weapons proliferation, and promoting global stability;
  • Building Economic Prosperity by developing international markets, driving economic development, creating American jobs, and expanding exports;
  • Strengthening Humanitarian Values by saving lives, alleviating global poverty and hunger, fighting HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, and expanding educational opportunities for women and girls.

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When America Leads, America’s Economy Benefits

America’s investment in development and diplomacy programs play a critical role in strengthening rule of law, and supporting reforms that create an enabling environment for private sector investment. Simply put, America’s development and diplomacy programs – funded by the International Affairs Budget – are critical to America’s economic future.

What’s Next for Mosul, and What It Means for the U.S.

Congress will soon determine the levels of U.S. assistance available to Mosul and other global humanitarian crises. Rebuilding Mosul will be a critical test and an enormous challenge, yet the future of Iraq— and the future of America’s presence abroad— may well depend on what emerges from the city’s rubble.

An Unexpected Interview: Secretary Mattis Talks U.S. Development and Diplomacy

Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis doesn’t mind taking a moment to share his thoughts about the importance of diplomacy and development, as one intrepid high school student discovered when Secretary Mattis returned his call.

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In The Spotlight

Economic development is a lot cheaper than sending soldiers.

Robert Gates Former Secretary of Defense

The account we’re talking about can make the difference between a safe America or an at-risk America… if you don’t see it as a national security tool, then I think that we are missing the mark as a nation.

Lindsey Graham United States Senator

If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition.

General James Mattis Former Commander of United States Central Command

It would make Americans less safe and harm our economy to turn away from the world at a time when our leadership and engagement is especially necessary. We would miss opportunities for greater prosperity and stability and sow the seeds of greater indebtedness.

Senator Bob Corker Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

The programs supported by the International Affairs Budget are as essential to our national security as defense programs. Development and diplomacy protect our nation by addressing the root causes of terrorism and conflict. But it’s not just about security. By building new markets overseas for American products, the International Affairs Budget creates jobs and boosts the economy here at home.

Tom Ridge Former Secretary of Homeland Security

The investments we make today in the developing world will help create the jobs of tomorrow here in America. Right now, the tough choice is to maintain foreign assistance, not to cut it. Right now, the bold act of leadership is to defend spending on key international programs, not to attack it.

Bill Gates Chairman of Microsoft

Greater engagement through diplomacy and development is not an option in today’s world: it is a necessity. Investing in American diplomacy serves the interests of our country in all corners of the globe and helps create a better, safer world.

Madeleine Albright Former Secretary of State

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