Secretary Clinton lays out a vision for leading through civilian power

October 26, 2010 By Andy Amsler

Secretary Clinton lays out a vision for “Leading Through Civilian Power” in the new edition of Foreign Affairs out today.  She calls for “a ‘smart power’ approach to solving global problems.” Secretary Clinton makes a strong case that State and USAID have “distinct roles and missions,” but that in today’s world, they must be “coordinated, complementary, and mutually reinforcing.”  And to succeed will require resources.  When asked why the United States should spend money on people overseas when we face economic hardship at home, she replies that “development, when done effectively, is one of the best tools to enhance the United States’ stability and prosperity.”  The American people “must understand that spending taxpayer dollars on diplomacy and development is in their interest,” and Congress “must appreciate the scale and scope” of the missions U.S. civilians are being asked to undertake.  The article is a precursor to the roll-out of the QDDR, which is expected the middle of next month.

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