2011 USGLC Washington Conference

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the keynote address at the 2011 U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) Conference, stressing the direct connection between job creation here at home and U.S. engagement around the world.

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Military leaders appreciate how critical the civilian side of smart power is to sustaining peace. As we follow the continuing transition in Iraq and Afghanistan and reflect on the uprisings across the Arab world, this session examined the civilian-military relationship in more detail. Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair General James Cartwright reminded the crowd how important it is to use all of our foreign policy tools to protect our national security. This session was moderated by KT McFarland of FOX News.

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Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle kick off our campaign to engage presidential and congressional candidates on the importance of America’s global leadership. Read their opinion editorial and take a look at the Candidates Corner on our website.

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From the race for the White House to control of Congress, NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd offered an insider’s perspective on the political dynamics that will shape the approaching campaign season.

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In today’s global economy, American economic growth is inextricably linked with the rest of the world. Top leaders like President of the World Bank Bob Zoellick and Land O’Lakes President & CEO Chris Policinski say why the International Affairs Budget is good for business.

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The heads of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, U.S. Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and U.S. Trade and Development Agency discussed leveraging public assistance to create more private development assistance.

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Surrogates from the Huntsman, Pawlenty, Romney, and Santorum Presidential campaigns discussed their candidates’ foreign policy credentials.

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