State Department Strategy Review Flawed from Start

On October 14, the Obama Administration’s first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) began with an event organized by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a new non-governmental organization established by former Secretaries of State Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, and others. If the discussions at the kick-off event are an indicator, the final QDDR product will repeat past mistakes by maintaining a focus on the traditional official government instruments of foreign aid and will fail to achieve the true integration of all the tools of U.S. foreign and security policy.

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