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Featured Article: Trust and Networks in the Interagency



Featured Article: Trust and Networks in the Interagency
Featured article: Trust and Networks in the Interagency by Nicole Alexander and Chad Thibodeau Interagency collaboration, integration, and information-sharing have been feverishly discussed and debated topics for decades. The events of September 11, 2001, only highlighted their importance. Since 9/11, the need for a shared vision and a synchronized plan… Read More

GAO recommends State improve TIP report



GAO recommends State improve TIP report
This month the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report suggesting the State Department make improvements to their annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, as GAO found several key shortcomings in State’s 2015 and 2016 reports. State conducted a similar review of the TIP report in 2006. GAO’s report… Read More

Featured Article: The State Department: No Longer the Gatekeeper



Featured Article: The State Department: No Longer the Gatekeeper
Featured article: The State Department: No Longer the Gatekeeper by Edward Marks Foreign Affairs Ministers no longer hold a monopoly over foreign affairs, as the process of international relations now includes domestic agencies and important non-state actors as major participants. This process, beginning early in the 20th century, became more… Read More

Executive Order focuses on health security



Executive Order focuses on health security
On November 4, President Obama signed an Executive Order promoting global health security, particularly infectious disease threats. The Executive Order builds on the progress of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) that was launched in 2014, and establishes long-term policy objectives for global health. The Executive Order also establishes a… Read More

Featured Article: Rethinking Civil Affairs



Featured Article: Rethinking Civil Affairs
Featured article: Interagency Qualifications to Address Fragility, or Rethinking Civil Affairs by Kurt E. Müller The defense sector has a long-standing appreciation of the value of whole-of-government approaches to national security challenges. The phrase “all elements of national power” resonates with Department of Defense (DoD) leadership and is a common… Read More

Agencies participate in Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking



Agencies participate in Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking
Today, the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) convened at the White House. This was the final cabinet-level meeting of the PITF during the Obama administration. The PITF reported on the progress made within four priority areas: rule of law, victim services, procurement and… Read More

Simons Center hosts first InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture



Simons Center hosts first InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture
The Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School hosted the first lecture in their new series yesterday afternoon. The inaugural lecture in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series, titled “Interagency Cooperation and Country Team Operations,” featured Ambassador (Ret.) David Lambertson and Lt. Gen. (Ret.)… Read More

Featured Article: Out of Sync…



Featured Article: Out of Sync…
Featured article: “Out of Sync” – U.S. Africa Command and Recent Interagency Challenges by William Denn, J. J. Williams, and Devanie Johnson U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), the Department of Defense’s (DoD) newest, geographic combatant command formed in 2007, exemplifies a bold, new experiment in whole-of-government interagency cooperation. Structured from the… Read More

U.S. pledges humanitarian assistance to South Sudan



U.S. pledges humanitarian assistance to South Sudan
On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the U.S. will provide nearly $138 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the South Sudanese people. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to more than $1.7 billion since the conflict in South Sudan began in December 2013. The new… Read More

State, DoD counter terrorism online



State, DoD counter terrorism online
Earlier this month, the State Department provided an update on their Global Engagement Center, which was established this spring after the signing of Executive Order 13721.  The Center is an interagency entity charged with coordinating U.S. counterterrorism messaging to foreign audiences, and replaced the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications. The… Read More