MFAN Partner Comments on Upcoming Release of National Security Strategy

Sarah Jane Staats, director of policy outreach at the Center for Global Development and MFAN member, has a new post on CGD’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance blog about the Obama Administration’s forthcoming National Security Strategy.  It was announced earlier this week that Secretary Clinton will be outlining the new strategy at the Brookings Institution tomorrow.  We expect development to be a key focus of the National Security Strategy, which — as Sarah Jane notes — President Obama cited when he previewed the strategy at West Point, saying “combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth” and “helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick” are major challenges the U.S. faces today.  Read the full blog post here and see excerpts below:

“The new strategy will cover prevention of nuclear proliferation and terrorism as well as the use of defense, development and diplomacy in the U.S. national security interest.”

“I’m eager to see the full National Security Strategy and articulation of how the Obama administration will elevate development alongside diplomacy and defense in our national security interest. The release of the new strategy should also tee up long-awaited announcements about the outcome of the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Global Development Policy (PSD) and the findings of the State-USAID Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). Let’s hope the 2010 National Security Strategy gets the development policy ball rolling.”

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