• September 21, 2017

    Congress Puts its Foot Down: International Affairs Budget Update

    Megan Rabbitt in Congress | September 21, 2017

    A chorus of voices – from top military leaders, to retired generals and admirals, to business owners, and the faith community – have spoken out in support of America’s diplomatic and development programs. On Capitol Hill – where funding levels will ultimately be determined – lawmakers on both sides of the aisle made clear early on that the Administration’s budget was “dead on arrival.” And they didn’t stop there.

  • September 21, 2017

    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

    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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Improving Literacy to Lift Up the Next Generation

    Megan Rabbitt in Global Development | September 8, 2017

    Consider this: if every child learned how to read before leaving school, 171 million people worldwide would be lifted out of poverty. And if all women completed a primary education, maternal death rates would drop by 66 percent.

  • September 6, 2017

    All Eyes on Yemen at the United Nations General Assembly

    Abhik K. Pramanik in Global Development | September 6, 2017

    On September 12th, the United Nations kicks off its 72nd General Assembly with leaders from across the globe in attendance.  Coordination of the U.N.’s humanitarian and disaster relief efforts will be central to the conversation, especially in Yemen, which was recently declared the world’s largest humanitarian crisis by the heads of several global humanitarian agencies.

  • September 1, 2017

    How We Spent Our Summer Vacation – Stories from the Road

    Emily Jennings French | September 1, 2017

    As Members of Congress headed home for the August congressional recess, we at the USGLC hit the road – delivering a simple, yet powerful message to the American people: Leading Globally, Matters Locally. From the Southwest, to the Southeast, to the Midwest, hundreds of USGLC state leaders – from the business, veteran, non-profit, and faith communities – came together for three wildly successful events with a bipartisan group of U.S. senators in support of continued investment in American diplomacy and development programs.

  • August 29, 2017

    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.

  • August 19, 2017

    World Humanitarian Day 2017 – Fighting Famine in Somalia

    Megan Guilfoyle in Global Development | August 19, 2017

    It’s vital for our nation and the world continue the fight against famine in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

  • August 11, 2017

    Creating Opportunities for Refugee Youth

    Rebecca Wexler in Global Development | August 11, 2017

    Never in history has the global community had more young people to celebrate than on this International Youth Day, as the world recently hit the largest global youth population ever recorded.

  • August 11, 2017

    To Merge, or Not to Merge: Lessons from Overseas

    Abhik K. Pramanik | August 11, 2017

    These three case studies provide contrasting models for diplomacy and development. In Australia’s case, subsuming development under diplomacy has led to concerns that Australian foreign assistance has become less accountable. In Canada, though...