A June 25th blog post by National Defense Magazine discussed comments made by panelists Deputy Secretary Higginbottom, Alex Thier of USAID, and Special Representative to the QDDR Tom Perriello, at ASP’s QDDR on the Hill event that a healthy budget and engagement from the public and Congress are key to State and USAID’s role in preventing international conflict.
“Still, budget restrictions and Americans’ disregard of global affairs have obstructed the State Department and USAID from becoming an influential player overseas, and from spreading public diplomacy and safety, Their said. The success of the QDDR in promoting public diplomacy ultimately depends on the agencies’ ability to gain support from the public.”
The full post can be read here.
Also from ASP:
QDDR Event in Review, with video
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