Blog Posts in Diplomacy

  • December 21, 2017
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    USGLC’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017

    Megan Guilfoyle in Congress, Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | December 21, 2017

    With mounting challenges overseas– from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II, to devastating famines, to tension with North Korea – this year has shown us that American global leadership is more important now than ever before. And as the year draws to a close, we’ve rounded up our top ten blogs of 2017 – the inspiring stories of U.S. foreign assistance, it’s impact around the world and here at home.

  • December 21, 2017
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    12 Months of USGLC

    Megan Rabbitt in Congress, Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | December 21, 2017

    2017 brought a steady stream of challenges and changes to U.S. foreign policy and development assistance – from a new Administration taking the reins, to a budget proposal that sent shockwaves through Washington, to a steady drumbeat of support for American global leadership. We’ve gathered 12 of the top stories from the past year – one from each month – that you won’t want to miss.

  • October 6, 2017
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    From the Heartland: Bernie Sanders Outlines Foreign Policy Vision

    Sean Hansen in Congress, Diplomacy | October 6, 2017

    Last month, former presidential candidate and liberal icon Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) traveled to America’s heartland to lay out his vision of a progressive foreign policy. Speaking at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Sanders’ hour-long speech outlining how he views America’s role in the world was the most comprehensive of his career to date.

  • September 21, 2017
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    President Trump Goes to New York

    John Glenn in Diplomacy, Global Development | September 21, 2017

    While the coverage of President Trump’s first speech at the United Nations General Assembly has focused on his defense of his “America First” message, stress on “sovereignty,” and threat to totally destroy North Korea, close listeners may have also heard him mention America’s efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, stop preventable disease like malaria, and advance the rights of women and girls around the world for the first time in office.

  • September 15, 2017
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    Democracy: a Key Ingredient for Development

    Megan Rabbitt in Diplomacy | September 15, 2017

    Democracy is hard work. Whether it’s Venezuela’s descent toward authoritarianism, Kenya’s dismissal of widely-accepted election results, or growing fears of ethnic cleansing just years into Myanmar’s first-ever civilian-led government – even calling it “hard work” can seem like an understatement.

  • August 29, 2017
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    Venezuela: A Crisis in our Own Backyard

    Sean Hansen in Diplomacy, National Security | August 29, 2017

    During Vice President Pence’s recent trip to Latin America, he commented on the situation in Venezuela by saying “we’re seeing the tragedy of tyranny play out before our eyes.” In his speech, Pence highlighted the sharp contrast between the U.S. allies and partners he visited – such as Colombia – with the increasingly isolated Venezuela.

  • June 22, 2017
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    Reforming Diplomacy: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

    Abhik K. Pramanik in Diplomacy | June 22, 2017

    As Secretary Tillerson and the Foreign and Civil Service Officers he leads around the world face unprecedented challenges—including the largest number of refugees since World War II, four famines affecting more than 20 million, and the risk of another global pandemic—he should consider building on the success of his predecessors, who recognized the new challenges our country faces, rather than ignoring their contributions.

  • June 19, 2017
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    Congressional Leaders Join Together to Support Diplomacy and Development

    Jessica Mulligan in Congress, Diplomacy, Global Development | June 19, 2017

    Last week, the chorus of voices in support of America’s diplomacy and development programs reverberated across Capitol Hill as Cabinet officials testified on the Administration’s proposal to cut the International Affairs Budget by a draconian and disproportionate 32%.

  • June 9, 2017
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    “Your Eighty Dollars”: The Marshall Plan 70 Years Later

    John Glenn in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development | June 9, 2017

    Against the backdrop of today’s debate about America’s role in the world, it is striking to re-read the speech by Secretary of State George C. Marshall announcing the Marshall Plan on the 70th anniversary of its delivery. The Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Western Europe after World War II, is often seen as the model for American global leadership. Secretary Marshall makes not a selfless appeal to support a new global order, but a calculated appeal to Americans’ self-interest, accompanied by a sophisticated series of short films to explain its benefits.

  • June 9, 2017
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    Former Secretaries of State, Foreign Policy Leaders: America’s Global Engagement is Critical for Our Nation

    Jessica Mulligan in Diplomacy, Global Development | June 9, 2017

    As the debate over funding for the International Affairs Budget continues – most recently with the release of the Administration’s FY18 budget request, which calls for a deep and disproportionate 32% cut to the State Department and USAID – there remains a growing chorus of bipartisan voices speaking out in support of strategic investments in development and diplomacy. In addition to military, business, and faith leaders from around the country, some of our nation’s most venerated foreign policy minds are making their voices heard on the critical need for a fully funded International Affairs Budget.