This week's photo comes from Jenn Warren at USAID and shows voter registration in Torit, the capital of the state of Eastern Equatoria in Sudan. Voter registration has just concluded for the Southern Sudan referendum, ahead of the vote scheduled for January 9th. Challenges in Sudan -- which include supporting rule of law and the democratic process while also promoting inclusion and human security -- are the type that cut across government agencies and offices. The need to address complex and connected international issues such as these is one of the motivating factors behind the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), "Leading Through Civilian Power," a blueprint for changes in the State Department and USAID that include closer integration of development and diplomacy to better prevent and respond to crisis and conflict.
Secretary Clinton recently introduced the QDDR in a town hall-style meeting. Those remarks are available here. You can also read the entire Report, which the Secretary describes as a "program of reforms that will fundamentally change the way we do business" -- it's available here.