30 April 2009

Secretary of Development ~ Smart Power by US

The US needs a Secretary of Development of equal rank to Secretaries of Defense and State (and, btw, Commerce and Homeland Security and Treasury and Labor, etc). Thanks to Nancy Birdsall from the Center for Global Development for spotlighting the basic issues in her piece After 100 Days, What about Development? If the Three D’s -- the three-legged foreign policy stool of Defense, Diplomacy, and Development -- are to be truly enabled as independently effective voices for Smart Power, then the chief of USAID + PEPFAR + MCC needs to be equally and properly empowered by Secretarial rank and all that that entails. This is the change we all need.

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