January 29, 2013

John Kerry to Bring Continuation of Smart Power Priorities to Foggy Bottom

Kerry a Longtime Champion of Development and Diplomacy  

Washington, DC —The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition released this statement from Executive Director Liz Schrayer on John Kerry’s confirmation as Secretary of State:

“The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition congratulates John Kerry on his confirmation as the next Secretary of State. Given his long career championing international affairs programs, we look forward to his effective leadership in strengthening development and diplomacy to advance America’s national security and economic interests.

“Throughout his tenure in the Senate, Secretary Designate Kerry has played an essential role in life-saving initiatives, such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and helping to shape reforms to ensure effective foreign assistance.  He has been an outspoken supporter of the need to build our civilian capacity and will certainly be a great advocate for the State Department, USAID, and our other civilian agencies.

“Our vast coalition of business, NGO, military, and faith-based leaders looks forward to working with Secretary Kerry in building a better, safer, and more prosperous world.”

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The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.