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Originally posted by captiva
On a more interesting point, there are some new posters who just dont sleep it seems and are way too willing to push the " This is nothing to worry about agenda". Weve seen it all and all it does is add weight to our argument.
On July 10, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the initiative at a State Department town hall meeting.
The most ambitious of Clinton's departmental reforms, it is modeled after the U.S. Defense Department's Quadrennial Defense Review, which Clinton was familiar with from her days as a United States Senator on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) is a study by the United States Department of State, first started in 2009 and intended to be done every four years, that analyzes the short-, medium-, and long-term blueprint for the United States' diplomatic and development efforts abroad.
It seeks to plan on a longer-term basis than the usual year-to-year, appropriations-based practice, and to integrate diplomacy and development missions under one planning process.
It similarly seeks to correlate the department’s missions with its capacities and identify shortfalls in resourcing.
 Finally, it is also a precursor to core institutional reforms and corrective changes. The first such review was completed as year 2010 drew to a close.
She appointed Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew, Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter, and the United States Agency for International Development Administrator to undertake the review. At the time of the announcement, that was the Acting USAID Administrator, Alonzo Fulgham. (On November 10, 2009, Rajiv Shah was nominated to be USAID Administrator.)
The QDDR held its first meetings in October 2009 at the Willard InterContinental Washington, hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
The first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review was completed in December 2010 and was entitled Leading Through Civilian Power; it was presented by Secretary Clinton and USAID Administrator Shah, to employees of both organizations gathered at a town hall meeting.
The 150-page document outlined three key factors that would affect the State Department in coming years: limited financial resources due to U.S. budgetary constraints and political realities; a rapidly shifting global landscape that features power being spread across many countries and the prevalence of non-national actors; and the ability to respond to problems caused by weak states and incipient or actual conflict with a flexible corps of civilian expertise
The United States faces a set of complex, varied, and numerous foreign policy challenges. No one set of tools is sufficient for solving or managing them. Our success in exercising effective global leadership depends upon a robust and effective State Department and USAID working side-by-side with a strong military. By using all the tools of American power, we can pave the way for shared peace, progress and prosperity. This comprehensive approach is the essence of smart power.
About the Conflict & Stabilization Operations 2010 Year In Review
This document reviews 2010 highlights of U.S. conflict and stabilization operations centered around the State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. The Office addresses the need for collaborative, government-wide foreign policy tools to address the diverse stabilization needs of the global community
On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons will hold a conversation with Wade Henderson, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, on U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking.
Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs will moderate the discussion. The event will be streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State’s official blog, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Members of the general public are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast.
This is the ninth in the Conversations With America video series coordinated by the Bureau of Public Affairs, in which the State Department's senior leadership hosts conversations live, online, with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations.
Discussion topics include foreign policy and global issues and provide a candid view of how leaders from civil society engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues.
Originally posted by macman
Ok, still waiting on confirmation as to if the ambassadors have returned to station or are still in the USA!
Originally posted by Flighty
Can you imagine the panic if Clinton called all the ambassadors and Consulars home permanently?
I think this so called "meeting" is just a front for the American government bringing home all it's Embassadors without creating a global panic, because something big is going to happen.
It could be the pole shift thing (yeah I'm a doubter but this thread just reminded me that there is a small chance it might actually happen. After all, we keep saying watch what the big ones, government etc do...well apparently they are coming home to Washington.)
So what now?
The timing of it all is a bit weird.