What Is Smart Power 2.0?
Extraordinary global challenges from terrorism to failing states to enduring poverty demand strong U.S. leadership and a new vision for engagement in the world. Over the past decade, the importance of using all our foreign policy tools to shore up our national security — development and diplomacy, alongside defense — has had strong bipartisan support. But today, our position in the world is being challenged.
That’s why we need Smart Power 2.0, a strategic investment in development and diplomacy that enables us to advance our national security interests abroad and better compete in the global marketplace. For just one percent of the federal budget, programs funded through our International Affairs Budget protect our security and advance our economic interests, while demonstrating our finest values as a nation.