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As many of you who closely track U.S. development policy doubtlessly already know, one of CGD's first senior fellows, Steve Radelet, joined the U.S. government this week as a senior advisor on development in the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
For me personally this is a bittersweet moment. Sweet because I know that the U.S. development effort will benefit greatly from everything Steve has to offer, and I trust that he will find new opportunities for carrying on CGD's spirit in his new role. Indeed, I've encouraged such cross-fertilization in our staffing (see, for example, Todd Moss and visiting fellow John Simon). And sad because my colleagues and I will greatly miss having Steve as part of the lively give-and-take that makes CGD such a satisfying place to work.
I am grateful for Steve's advice and friendship, and I will miss having him as a colleague. At the same time, I am proud that this very senior-level appointment reflects enormously well not only on Steve's own achievements but also on the reputation of the Center. All of us here wish him all the best in his new endeavor.
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