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Clinton Orders Review to Enhance "Smart Power" (Inter Press Service)

July 20, 2009

The Inter Press Service quotes CGD Senior Policy Associate Sheila Herrling's blog on the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.

From the article:

"That was echoed by Sheila Herrling of the Centre for Global Development (CGD), an influential think tank here, who cautioned that isolating diplomacy and development from other aspects of U.S. foreign policy, including defence, risked weakening the QDDR's impact.

"In order to truly make our diplomatic and development efforts more effective, they cannot be treated in isolation from the rest of our U.S. government policies and programs," she wrote on her CGD blog. "There needs to be much greater coordination and coherence between our diplomatic and development activities and that of defense, trade and investments in multilateral institutions to ensure that what we give with one hand we don't take away with the other."

Some analysts expressed concern that tying diplomacy and development so closely in the planning process could actually work to further subordinate USAID and the MCC to Washington's diplomatic goals, its national security interests, or even the State Department's bureaucratic culture, as one Republican foreign affairs staffer complained in response to Herrling's blogpost."

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