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The State Department/USAID 2015 QDDR: We Already Do That

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Are our foreign affairs agencies prepared to mitigate threats to global security and advance US interests?  That’s the central question the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) must answer.  And although the report is filled (literally, filled) with ideas for small improvements, there’s little in it that (a) identifies the reasons State and USAID are falling demonstrably short of the admirable ambitions outlined in the report, and (b) offers real, and sufficiently grand, solutions for addressing them. 

MCC’s Next Decade: Claiming the Mantle of Development Leadership

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Here's my wish list for the future of the Millennium Challenge Corporation: Elevate the MCC’s leadership role in US development policy and practice and prove the MCC model’s relevance to the big development and foreign policy challenges of our time, including strategic and fragile states.  

FY15 Budget Request Puts Heavy Emphasis on Initiatives

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President Obama launched the opening salvo in the FY2015 budget process with his recently released request, and while some of his foreign assistance proposals seem destined to go the way of the cutting room floor, you certainly can’t fault the request for having a specific point of view.

MCC Could See a Budget Boost for FY2015

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The President’s FY2015 budget request is out and it looks good for MCC.  With a base budget ask of $1 billion, this is the highest request the Millennium Challenge Corporation has seen since FY2012.  Of course, the request is just the first step of the budget process, so MCC may or may not receive the full amount.   But if it does, it would be the largest appropriation for the agency since FY2010. 

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