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How the U.S. can get smart about global challenges by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
December 12, 2007, 11:15 pm
Filed under: If you have 30 mins

The Sunday, December 9, 2007 Op-Ed entitled, “Stop Getting Mad, America. Get Smart.”  in the Washington Post, looks at what the U.S. can do to improve its international influence and join forces to tackle global challenges of the 21st century.  Authors Richard Armitage and Joseph Nye are former diplomats – one a Republican and one a Democrat – and now co-chair the Commission on Smart Power at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).  The premise of the Op-Ed and also the Smart Power project is that, “In a changing world, the United States should become a smarter power by once again investing in the global good.”  Each of the five recommendations for transforming U.S. power include critical issues for the NGO community: reinvigorating partnerships and institutions with military and non-military actors; creating a Cabinet-level voice for global development to prioritize issues such as global health; investing in public democracy including through support to NGOs; rethinking free trade; and taking the lead on climate change.  Food for thought in a U.S. presidential election year.  More on the CSIS Smart Power project is at http://www.csis.org/smartpower/

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