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2018 Trafficking in Persons report released



2018 Trafficking in Persons report released
On June 28, the Department of State released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke at the launch ceremony for the TIP Report, speaking about reach of human trafficking and recognizing the 2018 TIP Report Heroes. Each TIP Report focuses on a specific… Read More

Centcom official speaks on Stabilization Assistance Review



Centcom official speaks on Stabilization Assistance Review
The deputy commander at U.S. Army Central Command (Centcom), Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., gave the keynote address at a stabilization symposium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on June 27. During his keynote, Brown spoke on the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR), which was published earlier… Read More

Featured Article: An Ambassador’s Perspective



Featured Article: An Ambassador’s Perspective
Featured article: Interagency Cooperation: An Ambassador’s Perspective by Thomas J. Miller In 2011, it is difficult to think of any event or issue that is any longer confined to the domain, authority, and purview of a single agency in the U.S. government. This is a far cry from the State… Read More

Stabilization Assistance Review released



Stabilization Assistance Review released
Recently, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Departments of Defense (DoD) and State published the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR). The SAR was announced in April of this year and examines past challenges the U.S. government has faced in previous stabilization efforts. The SAR aims to streamline U.S.… Read More

Featured Article: Security Operations for Transformational Diplomats



Featured Article: Security Operations for Transformational Diplomats
Featured article: After Benghazi: Security Operations for Transformational Diplomats by Marques A. Bruce The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has evolved significantly since it was established following the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon. Likewise, the establishment of the High Threat Programs Directorate (HTP) following the September… Read More

Featured Article: There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia



Featured Article: There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia
Featured article: There is No Silver Bullet and Other Lessons from Colombia by Stuart Lippe Colombia has always had large, ungovernable areas where the authority of the central government was often tenuous or non-existent. Colombians seemed to prefer to focus on their home regions, leaving the vast hinterlands to fend… Read More

Featured Article: Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa



Featured Article: Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa
Featured article: Improving Interagency Coordination in Africa by Robert Bennett United States Army Africa (USARAF) executes over 400 activities annually valued at $2 million. These activities augment activities sponsored by other U.S. government, private charitable foundations, churches, and regional African organizations. The stated goals for these activities are complementary, but… Read More

USAID, State, DoD to release Stabilization Assistance Review



USAID, State, DoD to release Stabilization Assistance Review
An interagency review of U.S. government stabilization efforts is expected as early as this month. The Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) examines how the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Department of Defense (DoD) coordinate their diplomacy, aid, and military operations, primarily in Syria and Iraq. A State… Read More

Amb. Moon returns to Fort Leavenworth



Amb. Moon returns to Fort Leavenworth
Retired Ambassador Patrick S. Moon returned to the Fort Leavenworth area in early April of this year, where he again took part in the Simons Center’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Ambassador Moon, who served as the the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2010 to 2013, visited Fort Leavenworth April… Read More

Featured Article: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning



Featured Article: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning
Featured article: Filling the Gap: A Strategy to Harmonize Joint and Interagency Planning by J. “Spyke” Szeredy How can providing a new planning strategy exert influence, align objectives, and harmonize activities between the Joint and Interagency environments? A simplified strategy for the integration of planning across the joint (Department of… Read More