So Who’s Calling the Shots?

November 15, 2012 By Richard Parker

 width=As all the talk in Washington is on who’s coming and going in the President’s cabinet, we’ve put together a Global Plum Book  to detail the 100 most influential positions in the federal government that will shape an Obama 2.0 Administration’s strategy for global development and diplomacy.

From the White House to Foggy Bottom to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, find out what positions will call the shots over the next four years.  While we tend to focus on the high-profile positions like Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, there are many folks behind them that run the day-to-day operations of U.S. international affairs programs.  Now who they are is right at your fingertips.

The Global Plum Book is part of USGLC’s bipartisan Impact 2012 initiative, which engaged Presidential and Congressional candidates around the country on the importance of America’s Global Leadership.  It was put together as a resource for whoever was elected November 6.

Impact 2012 Co-Chairs former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said in their introduction to the Global Plum Book, “With the election over, the next Administration will need to address the challenges and opportunities facing America throughout the world. This will require good people in key leadership positions.”

We were pleased that during the 2012 election, both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney answered Impact 2012’s call, incorporating into their national security strategies a “smart power” approach that elevates our civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development alongside a strong defense.

Now as Secretaries Albright and Ridge said in their introduction, “It’s time to govern, and it is our hope this resource offers a roadmap to decision makers undertaking the challenge of putting together a team of individuals that will help build a better, safer world.”