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Panel discusses possible post-conflict reform



Panel discusses possible post-conflict reform

On August 13, panelists from various agencies and organizations met at the Stimson Center to discuss possible reform for future post-conflict situations. Among the topics discussed were ways to improve transitional and reconstruction efforts in post-conflict countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mali...

Flournoy speaks on interagency imbalances



Flournoy speaks on interagency imbalances

Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy recently spoke at the Chairman's Forum at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.  Flournoy discussed imbalances in interagency resourcing, the growth of interagency operations, the National Security structure, and public-private partnerships...

IAE 11-04W Preparing to Lead in 21st Century Diplomacy (Web-Exclusive)



IAE 11-04W Preparing to Lead in 21st Century Diplomacy (Web-Exclusive)

by Robert M. Beecroft

Ambassador Beecroft reviews the State Department's 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and a 2011 report by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Stimson Center, both reports stress the importance of professional education and training for the United States Foreign Service, and state that professional education and training are essential to the overall performance of the U.S. Foreign Service if it is to lead an increasingly multi-agency foreign policy apparatus...

Study recommends improved professional education and training for diplomats



Study recommends improved professional education and training for diplomats

In the 21st century, the relatively small U.S. citizen workforce of the Foreign Service must cover duties ranging from the traditional promotion of foreign and economic policies, treaty negotiation, crisis prevention and management, and protection of American citizens to a growing roster of responsibilities on counterterrorism...