Leading Through Civilian Power: Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 15, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted a town hall meeting today to discuss the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, "Leading Through Civilian Power," with Department of State employees.

Secretary Clinton said, "...I am proud today to unveil the first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, the QDDR. This is a sweeping effort that asks a simple question: How can we do better? How can we adapt to a world of rising powers, changing global architecture, evolving threats, and new opportunities? How can we look ahead, prepare for, and help shape the world of tomorrow?

"The QDDR is a blueprint for how we can make the State Department and USAID more nimble, more effective, and more accountable, a blueprint for how our country can lead in a changing world through the use of what I call 'civilian power' -- the combined force of all of the civilians across the United States government who practice diplomacy, carry out development projects, and act to prevent and respond to crisis and conflict.

"Leading through civilian power saves lives and money. With the right tools, training, and leadership, our diplomats and development experts can defuse crises before they explode and create new opportunities for economic growth. We can find new partners to share burdens and new solutions to problems that might otherwise require military action. And where we must work side by side with our military partners in places like Afghanistan and Iraq and in other fragile states around the world, we can be the partner that our military needs and deserves.

"Now, as you dig into this report, you'll see that it is driven by two overarching factors. First is President Obama's emphasis on fiscal responsibility and efficiency throughout the federal government. Through the QDDR, we have tried to minimize costs and maximize impacts, avoid overlap and duplication, and focus on delivering results. Across our programs, we are redefining success based on results achieved rather than dollars spent. And this will help us make the case that bolstering U.S. civilian power is a wise investment for American taxpayers that will pay off by averting conflicts, opening markets, and reducing threats.

"The second factor is a rapidly shifting global landscape. Once, only a handful of great powers had the clout to shape international affairs. Now, power is shared by a wide array of states, institutions, and non-state actors. The information revolution has brought millions of people all over the world into an ongoing global debate -- and they, too, can influence events, unleash new threats, or devise new solutions to global problems.

"As you see at State and USAID and across our government every day, today's challenges and opportunities spill over borders and they blur traditional bureaucratic divides. They are complex and interconnected. For example, advancing democracy, promoting sustainable economic growth, and strengthening the rule of law in fragile states are all overlapping and mutually reinforcing endeavors. They cut across bureaus and offices and agencies. They demand not just the skills of our State Department diplomats and USAID development experts, but also the expertise of civilian specialists across the U.S. government.

"...The QDDR will help the State Department and USAID adapt to, shape, and stay ahead of these trends. This is a program of reforms that will fundamentally change the way we do business."

You can read the complete transcript here. A special briefing on the QDDR by State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Don Steinberg is available here. Additional information about the Report, including links to download the complete text, is available here.

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Chiara R.
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Italy
December 15, 2010

Chiara and Riccardo in Italy write:

... because the common language of the music is the real language of all the people !

Randy M.
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Colorado, USA
December 15, 2010

Randy J.M. in Colorado writes:

How can we rise above the violence of war and the search for Bin-Laden,while maintaining peace in the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan without the rise in casualties of our soldiers and civilians?

Clamdip
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United States
December 15, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

I'm wondering if people could be organized in pods which would include security and development teams. In tribal structures a pod could be manipulated and changed to fit a tribal structure. A pod could work like a development franchise to get a region up and functioning which could eventually be connected to a greater regional, national structure. If development teams had their own, independent supply chains they could work out the micro problems that arise within a security/civic framework. Corruption could be minimized because each team would be responsible for its own budget and they would have to have tangible results and standards for their million dollar budgets. For example.
In this region we need 3 elementary schools, 2 junior schools 2 high schools, 2 fire stations, 2 police stations, 2 clinics and a government building, agricultural projects and markets and industries. The teams gets their allowance to build, maintain and manage the departments. The teams would have to intercoordinate with the agencies within their pod to get their buildings built, their systems in place and their teams trained and organized. There are massive numbers of civilian employees and managers who have this expertise. Its just a question of organizing people into dynamic development hives to get them buzzing with activity.

Ronald B.
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New York, USA
December 15, 2010

Ronald B. in New York writes:

New StateCraft:

The synergy idea is just right for two reasons: we don't have the money to talk ourelves into wars....and the issues facing our nation can only be addressed in an interagency framework. Under Bush, USAID was subbordinated under State and DoD....With Obama, State tasks USAID and other mega-agencies to achieve. Human Security in a cost-efficient and conflict-preventive framework. Let the Greater Game begin!

palgye
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South Korea
December 16, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Help. Monetary easing If there is a time of Korea Democratic Party and progressive forces, parties and trade unions' rally to attend, but politicians, they're image management for the conventionally welcome, but their sponsors - businesses, citizens and their aides repeatedly in emotion or cost unknown two euros for me, they do not want access to the group think. Almost 3 years to meet them, but the result is always flowing tears of my eyes. Honestly, if it was three years time I think he will solve many problems. What should I do? Watching TV is shown on the approach, but will try to avoid direct encounters are handled properly. Trying to avoid the appearance of the same party, and, as soon as it was trying to think. I tried to give everything, the result is always, do not do not stop the tears from my eyes ... Again, get close, but expect to be of no consequence. So, I see now does not even look. Politicians .... Ish just to be surprised. They told me so happy.

Posco today as the day laborers on Labor Day, but I went ahead very well that the eyes seem a strange drug that could not be confirmed because the translation. Forgive me if the story over time, translate, in the gooooooooooooooooooooooogle

palgye
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South Korea
December 16, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

AID......?

21% approval rating of Japanese Prime Minister, I saw the news. He, but since his inauguration until now to talk a lot about the Japanese prime minister. I wonder what the problem is.

palgye
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South Korea
December 18, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Human rights and labor movement by participating in meetings related to the website - they are also internal problems, but - I do not know what my mistake, but related government agencies and companies that keep bothering me. This happened to me while I keep quitting in the middle is one of the reasons. What do you think other people? Hang out runs out of power. Now that people are aware that to come next to me without that, the next cut may believe that people coming to watch. In particular, companies involved in labor disputes in relation to the way they know me, I'd hurt a lot is what I believe.

In the past, physical, and then he applied for, I think the financial persecution is inflicted. Default has occurred. However, the opposition would also keep their own area and do not like me so. Honestly, I need help. Ruling party or the companies that afflict American help - Obama or Hillary .....- I guess if you need the help of Secretary of State, to me the information?'m Providing ... Deep in the Japan Sea would provide a space to live in my own yard? and, No "Japan Sea", it`s "East sea of Korea".(gooooogle translate Japan Sea)

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