November 13, 2008
The Center’s Executive Director Liz Schrayer said, “While President-elect Obama will have to focus on the financial crisis and near-term foreign policy challenges like Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, his transition team must also consider how best to expand the set of tools at his disposal to handle these and other global challenges. The Global Plum Book and accompanying ‘first step’ policy recommendations offer some tools for President-elect Obama’s transition team to use in making his historic and far-reaching global engagement platform a reality.”
The Global Plum Book derives its name from United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the Plum Book, which is published after every Presidential election and lists over 7,000 Federal civil service positions that may be filled by political appointees. In advance of the 2008 Plum Book release, the Center identified 100 key appointed positions that are most critical to formulating and implementing the incoming administration’s national security and foreign policy.
The panel discussion and two publications are part of Center’s bipartisan Impact ’08: Building a Better Safer World initiative, endorsed by dozens of Democratic and Republican foreign policy leaders and former top military commanders, calling on the presidential candidates “to revitalize America’s moral and pragmatic leadership by making greater investments in our diplomatic and development programs.” During the 2008 election, both Barack Obama and John McCain answered Impact ’08’s call, incorporating into their national security strategies a “smart power” approach that augments a strong defense with new investments in our civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development.
The Global Plum Book, accompanying policy recommendations, and other transition resources, such as profiles of potential and announced members of the incoming Administration’s national security and foreign policy teams, are available in the “Transition Watch” section of the Center’s website at www.usglobalengagement.org.