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February 25, 2021

Clinton unveils blueprint for America’s diplomatic arm

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday unveiled a sweeping assessment of how America’s diplomats can meet the dual task of countering expanding international challenges and shrinking government budgets, CNN reported. “We are redefining success based on results achieved rather than dollars spent,” Secretary Clinton said as she introduced the department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR.) “This will help us make the case that bolstering U.S. civilian power is a wise investment for American taxpayers that will pay off by averting conflicts, opening markets and reducing threats.” The report, nearly 200 pages long and 18 months in preparation, is a blueprint of how the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) can use “civilian power” to prevent and resolve conflicts; help poor countries develop and build global coalitions to address global problems. “Leading through civilian power,” she said, “saves lives and money.” The department has been criticized previously for insufficient oversight of private contractors and Clinton pledged to “improve the way we manage contracts and procurement by rebalancing our workforce, enhancing oversight and accountability, and emphasizing local leadership.”

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