Putting Smart Power to Work
Leading up to the Presidential elections in 2008, the USGLC’s Impact ’08 campaign called on all the presidential candidates to address the extraordinary global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century by making commitments to revitalize U.S. leadership through greater investments in development and diplomacy. The USGLC was pleased that both national candidates endorsed the call for smart power, and now it’s time to translate bipartisan commitments to real policy change.
This week the USGLC launches our Putting Smart Power to Work campaign, a new effort dedicated to making the commitments from the campaign trail to elevate development and diplomacy as essential parts of U.S. foreign policy a reality.
Momentum is growing at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue for Putting Smart Power to Work:
- The White House launched its Presidential Study Directive on Global Development (PSD) to take a whole of Government review of U.S. development efforts, which includes more than sixty government agencies. Recommendations expected on the President’s desk in January;
- The State Department launched its Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) in July to identify opportunities for improvement, increase efficiency, and achieve better results from diplomacy and development programs at the State Department and USAID; and
- Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the Senate (S. 1524, “Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act”) and the House (H.R. 2139, “Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act”) to begin a comprehensive foreign assistance reform process.
With all of this momentum, the USGLC’s Putting Smart Power to Work campaign is seeking to translate all of these commitments and efforts into real policy changes. Specifically, the USGLC is calling for:
- A National Development Strategy;
- Increased resources for the International Affairs Budget;
- A modernized structure for U.S. development efforts;
- A balanced approach to development, diplomacy and defense; and
- A realignment of foreign assistance authorities.
Report on Reports
In March, the USGLC released its Report on Reports, an analysis of over 20 recent reports on revitalizing America’s civilian capacity in global affairs. This report breaks down wide ranging proposals into an extraordinary bipartisan consensus that America must strengthen its civilian capacity as a critical component to our national security. Many of the principles called for in this document are underway in current efforts by the Administration and Capitol Hill. The Putting Smart Power to Work campaign will help make them a reality.
USGLC Hosts QDDR Dialogue
On October 14th when the USGLC hosts the State Department’s first public dialogue on the QDDR, Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew will lay out a vision for development and diplomacy and then participate in a panel discussion along with the other two QDDR co-chairs, Director of Policy and Planning Anne Marie Slaughter and Acting USAID Administrator Alonzo Fulgham. During this interactive session moderated by Judy Woodruff, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and provide comments.
Following the first session, participants will be invited to participate in one of four unique Working Sessions with QDDR and Capitol Hill staff on specific topics related to the QDDR internal working groups. This will be a chance to provide direct input on the issues surrounding modernizing America’s development and diplomacy efforts.
Space is limited for this unique event, so RSVP now to start putting smart power to work.