Submit Your Questions for January 6 Discussion on the QDDR

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 4, 2011

On Thursday, January 6, 2011, Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State, and Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator at USAID, will hold a discussion "Leading Through Civilian Power: The First QDDR." The discussion will be moderated by Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs. The event will be streamed live on state.gov and DipNote, the Department of State's official blog, at 4:00 p.m. (EST). You will have the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. You can submit your questions now, here on DipNote, in the comments section to this blog post.

In the "Conversations with America" video series, the State Department's senior leadership hold discussions live, online, with government officials and leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. You can learn more about the QDDR, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, here.

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Lars K.
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Ecuador
January 4, 2011

Lars K. in Ecuador writes:

The QDDR is well reasoned and well intended from a civilian, developmental point of view.

Still, does anyone seriously think the QDDR will result in concrete and proportional increases in political and financial clout for civilian development efforts as it relates to defense spending in foreign affairs?

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 4, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

My question is strait forward, and I've added context here from the Archives of Dipnote to pose a working framework for the answer to it.

As it regards "Who we are and what we do" according to the man who determines the foreign policy of this nation;

How then does America realize it's true self when engaged in nation building in parnership with others?

And how does the QDDR help define, or redefine the concept of "nation building"?

Thank you for taking our questions.

---Ref comments from Archives (edited here for 5000 character limits) from Briefing on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Posted by DipNote Bloggers / December 16, 2010;

"It’s important to remember why we remain in Afghanistan. It was Afghanistan where al Qaeda plotted the 9/11 attacks that murdered 3,000 innocent people. It is the tribal regions along the Afghan-Pakistan border from which terrorists have launched more attacks against our homeland and our allies. And if an even wider insurgency were to engulf Afghanistan, that would give al Qaeda even more space to plan these attacks.

And that’s why, from the start, I’ve been very clear about our core goal. It’s not to defeat every last threat to the security of Afghanistan, because, ultimately, it is Afghans who must secure their country. And it’s not nation-building, because it is Afghans who must build their nation. Rather, we are focused on disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and preventing its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future."
-President Obama, December 16, 2010

Dear President Obama, Secretary Clinton, Sec. Gates and friends,

The State Dept. QDDR asked the basic fundemental question; "How can we do better?"

OK, let's start with "nation building" as it is truly defined, not as it is politically spun out of control like we these United States would even try to build nations for others, when in fact people build nations for themselves, with a little help from their friends in helping them to overcome crisis( I know because I've been in construction for over thirty years Mr. President and this has been the way it has gone down since the Marshall plan, and Afghanistan is no different in this respect)

There's been an erroneous internal political fiction afoot that as a government, the US prefers to build schools, clinics, roads, bridges, and stand up the institutions of democracy and justice for others rather than invest in ourselves as a nation.

The last admin. simply stated the truth..."We can do both."

Now I don't know about how you want to go about trying to distinguish yourselves politically from the last admin., but it has seemed to me that because the last Admin. under President Bush and Sec. Rice were establishing replacements for the voids in government structure created by "regime change" in Afghanistan and Iraq, that holding true to America's promise of fostering Democracy as an alternative to tyrany involved a great deal of nation building by necessity, but somehow that phrase has now become an evil word that must be avoided at all political cost...when in fact this whole time over the last decade we've been engaged in exactly that on as many levels as one would care to examine in both countries.

In fact, we're involved in nation building in countries we haven't gone to war with.

The insistrancwe on good governance and accountability in our humanitarian and development aid to Africa, Pakistan, and others globally as policy is in fact nation building IN PARNERSHIP....as a cooperative venture to provide a better future for folks generally.

And if it isn't having the effect of building better more prosperous, peaceful nations...than just what the heck are you folks thinking anyway?...(chuckle).

I don't mean to sound rude, I just want you folks to take an honest look at your own rhetoric and start making some common sense so you can do better, OK?

This is not that hard to get across to folks out here in the public. We know we have a war to win and America will be damned if we lose it...

...Call it what it is all the time, in that we are indeed involved in building a better world, nation by nation...and our's as well at the same time. On many levels.

Posted on Fri Dec 17, 2010

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Afterthought;

Long ago I offered Sec. Colin Powell a koan for his birthday, "When battleships give way to sailboats, how does the world realize its true self?"

My question submitted in regards to "America's true self" is offered now to Sec. Clinton and her policy planning team as food for thought that the two koans become one and the same, as the answer becomes self-evident to the global audience in this coming decade.

Allan L.
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Arizona, USA
January 4, 2011

Allan L. in Arizona writes:

An implementation question regarding the desire for interagency experience in Embassy leadership:

Will the Department continue to rely on the regional bureaus to provide the DCM and PO candidate short lists that are submitted to the D Committee or will other actors have a say in the composition of these lists?

Barry H.
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Indiana, USA
January 4, 2011

Barry H. in Indiana writes:

In this world of globalization we need to keep our American privacies. We need to conserve money here at home and better our nation, not race to the bottom of world economies. We need to think about America first not the elites of the world, or even as many poor outside our borders.

Siobhan
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Vermont, USA
January 4, 2011

Siobhan in Vermont writes:

What can we as American citizens do to prevent violence from erupting after the upcoming Sudanese referendum? What more can be done by the international community and as a country?

John D.
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Massachusetts, USA
January 4, 2011

John D. in Massachusetts writes:

I am hopeful that the attention of activists and the government have set an atmosphere that has convinced Pres. Bashir to accept the results of next week's Southern Sudan Referendum peacefully. If so, how can we use the momentum of this event to create a larger solution to the conflicts of Sudan, especially Darfur, and how can we use this attention as a model for how to prevent forseeable conflicts - for example in the Ivory Coast?

Isabelle
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New Jersey, USA
January 4, 2011

Isabelle in New Jersey writes:

If violence errupts after the referendum what do we as Americans plan to do? Also what at home should we do? I know many communities have student groups that actively work to prvent the violence from occuring. What can those of us involved in these student groups do to help?

Alex
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 4, 2011

Alex in Washington D.C. writes:

How will the State Department be working to engage with Congress in areas where the QDDR call for new authorities or new funding, such as the changes to the Civilian Response Corps, currently part of S/CRS?

Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions!

shan s.
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Iraq
January 4, 2011

Shan S. in Iraq writes:

Iraq i mean citizen in Iraq are about to become more civilian but the leaders will to power is still the dectator old fashion what is gonna happen between this cold and hot air will it be tornato?

Jerome B.
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Michigan, USA
January 6, 2011

Jerome T.B. in Michigan writes:

Yes! Where is the reciprocation from the State Department, the Pentagon, and the CIA! When I was 2 & 1/2 years of age, I was seperated from Father (basically kidnapped) by George H.W Bush, Sr. & friends, and taught to say some German "Ich bin Zwei, Tanks" to say to my Grandfather's third cousin, a foreigner, so George and others could ASK for HELP, with me breaking the ICE, for the help in the return of Korean War MIA Pilots remains from China and North Korea. That happened in the 1990's with the HELP of my GrandFather's third cousin, a foreigner. I was also advised that I would do writing to help clean up the CIA. We wrote songs, tunes,& lyrics for the Beatles, Rolling Stones, to help the middle class of England rebuild the British Economy after WWII. We also helped Jim Morrison and the Doors, Janis Joplin, and others while also writing the original screenplays for "Moon Over Parador"&"Batteries Not Included". Where is the reciprocation, all I get from the State Department is "So What""Long Time Ago""Who Cares""Solved". No Appreciation or Recognition!

Paige G.
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Australia
January 6, 2011

Paige G. in Australia writes:

I refer you to my detailed comments about this initiative on your FB - Engaging Community site: your 16 December entry.

What do you think about the points I have raised?

DipNote Bloggers reply:

Hi Paige - If you'd like your comments/questions to be part of the pool addressed on Jan. 6th, please paste in the text as a comment on this blog entry!

Susan M.
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California, USA
January 4, 2011

Susan M. in California writes:

As a member of the anti-genocide movement, I’m pleased that the State Department has prioritized genocide and mass atrocity prevention in the QDDR. Can you talk about what impact the creation of the new position of Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights will have in helping to increase the capacity of the United States to respond to genocide and mass atrocities?

William C.
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Rhode Island, USA
January 4, 2011

William C. in Rhode Island writes:

How does the USAID deal with the now shown fact on ABCThisWeek that the Dairy lobby yrs ago had milk protein removed from the aid we give to children around the world deal with this embarrassment that we are providing enough protein in the mixture and have caused stunted growth brain damage etc with the worlds children that recieved this aid

William C.
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Rhode Island, USA
January 4, 2011

William C. in Rhode Island writes:

World Aquaculture's mission is to help eradicate Childhood Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM), it is globally the most important risk factor for illness and death, with hundreds of millions of pregnant women and young children affected, by providing charitable, educational and scientific support Regrowing the Worlds Resources Advancing Nutrition, Medicine,Protein and  Environment by pioneering new solutions for global development of community-based, self-sustainable, ecological aquaculture systems advancing the World's Fin Fish "Protein" supply.

Ronald B.
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New York, USA
January 4, 2011

Ronald B. in New York writes:

Can you list 6 proposed QDDR projects?

3 geographic/regional, and 3 issue/development oriented.

Happy New Synergies!

Shay
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Massachusetts, USA
January 4, 2011

Shay in Massachusetts writes:

Bearing in mind President Obama's desire to score a foreign policy success by ratifying the START Treaty with Russia, has this administration lost sight of the reality that Russia today is a dictatorship with no democratic credentials, and that the US' Reset policy only serves to add credibilty to what is in actual fact a mafia-controled state which mocks western values such as law, private property, independent media, personal freedom, and democracy? Surely the Reset policy reeks of appeasement!

Jerome B.
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Michigan, USA
January 6, 2011

Jerome T.B. in Michigan writes:

My second question, goes along with the first question, "Where is the Loop and the Reciprocation?" When I was 2 & 1/2, I was seperated from my Father, taught some German and introduced myself to my GrandFather's third cousin, to break the ICE so he could be asked to help in the return of Korean War MIA Pilots, downed in China and North Korea during the Korean War. He did help and some of the remains were returned to the U.S.. My third question is "Are you still scamming other people's little kids for their ideas and work and passint them on so people like the Beatles, get all the acclaim and rewards. Do you still use, abuse, chew up and spit out, under aged children for their ideas and writings with no reciprocation. Sounds like Indentured Servitude and Communistic here in the U.S.ofA.

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 4, 2011

Anna in Washington D.C. writes:

Did the State Department and USAID consult with the military on the QDDR? How does the QDDR differ from or overlap with the military's Quadrennial Defense Review?

K K.
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Pakistan
January 5, 2011

Khan in Pakistan writes:

The Jewish people living in Pakistan and Kashmir are in need of US support. Will there be any US policy which will help the Jewish people live in peace in Pakistan, without fear, without harrassment and with respect?

Jerome B.
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Michigan, USA
January 6, 2011

Jerome T.B. in Michigan writes:

My Fifth and Sixth Question: Where is the loop? Where is the get-to-gether? Where is the reciprocation? And why is the United States Government so Hippocritical? And why is the State Department so misleading? Deceitful? and highly Pretentious? Is it because we have a reverse Racist and reverse Sexist as President? And we have a reverse
Sexist and a reverse Racist as Secretary of State Presently?

Ogoubi M.
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Togo
January 5, 2011

Dr. Ogoubi K.W. in Togo writes:

Please, would you mind telling us what you can give to people which are suffuring in the hand of a false group of democrats as heads of states having in mind Cote d'Ivoire and others?

Roberta L.
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United States
January 5, 2011

Roberta L. in the U.S.A. writes:

Do we have a plan bringing peace to the world? Where we participate in war?

What is the Peace Dividend? (Econcomic consequences?) Can we adjust appropriately?

My guess is we can't afford anything but Peace. Seems no-one is willing to pay for war (Bush tax cuts continued by Obama).

How do we stop our run-away freight train of a government from taking us with them?

Isabelle
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New Jersey, USA
January 5, 2011

Isabelle in New Jersey writes:

Student activists try really hard to get their message read clearly and peacefully. WHat do you plan to do about student activists being arrested or violence against student activist?

John P.
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 5, 2011

John P. in Washington D.C. writes:

With threats of major budget cuts and promises of curtailing foreign assistance by the incoming House Chairperson on Foreign Relations, what do you see as a possible outcome for USAID with regards to personnel and programs?

Sadok B.
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Tunisia
January 5, 2011

Sadok B. in Tunisia writes:

Scientists all around the world are to be included in the civilian worth!! isn't it!!!

Cheryl S.
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United States
January 5, 2011

Cheryl S. in the U.S.A. writes:

The QDDR seems closely connected to the concept of ‘Smart Power’ – integrating whole of government capabilities and those of non-government actors to meet national security objectives. What might the QDDR mean for the Department of Defense in particular?

Vivek R.
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India
January 6, 2011

Vivek R. in India writes:

In the race for economic supremacy of nations, PPP model ie private public partnership is a great idea but where do you drwa the line?

Vivek R.
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India
January 6, 2011

Vivek R. in India writes:

Black Swan event:

Ahmad Shah Massoud ie Lion of Panjshir fondly called by his followers as Āmir Sāhib-e Shahīd was killed by Al Kaida on Sept 9, 2001.

Is it not a good idea to hire civilians who can join the dots to random and isolated events and generate Early Warning?

Therefore technically Strategic Inflection Point was the assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud

Will you be considering hiring the right civilians on retainer to generate Early Warning to mitigate Black Swan events?

Jerome B.
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Michigan, USA
January 6, 2011

Jerome T.B. in Michigan writes:

When I was around 2 & 1/2 I was taken aside by George H.W. Bush, Sr., taught German to introduce myself to my GrandFather's third cousin, so I could break the ICE and George could ask for HELP in the return of Korean War MIA Pilot's remains from China and North Korea! We then went on and wrote for the Beatles, "When I am 64" had the year 1964 in it because that was the year George W. Bush, Jr., Bill Clinton, and Hillary Rodham graduated from High School. I hate to go against the grain of what is considered the Staus Quo, but for all that help there was to be reciprocation and that did not happen. "Moon Over Parador"&"Batteries Not Included" we wrote those screen plays, underaged! Where is the Loop! Where is the reciprocation!

Kim
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 6, 2011

Kim in Washington D.C. writes:

Overall, the QDDR reaches for a "collaborative" government vision that is impressive. But, given the economic crises and urgent competing demands, is the President going to request the additional resources required in the FY 2012 Budget for the Department of State and USAID to implement the recommendations of the QDDR?And, given the new balance in Congress, would you care to assess the potential of Congressional support for such resources? Thank you.

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