In his recent article in Foreign Policy, my CSIS colleague Dan Runde articulated how development and diplomacy can form key pillars in President Trump's "Peace Through Strength" foreign policy. As Dan points out, that phrase, "peace through strength" has underpinned every Republican foreign policy platform for nearly two generations. The real question for Team Trump: how to execute. Dan's answer: a top-to-bottom review of our foreign affairs budget.
Dan and I co-wrote an article that laid out seven pillars for doing exactly that. You can read it here.
Rather than dismiss the Trump Administration’s questioning of the principles and practices of US official development assistance as ignorant or hostile, we should use this moment as an opportunity to learn from others. Our article summarized seven ways the British have already done a top-to-bottom review of their bilateral and multilateral aid programs and pointed out how the US government can adapt these principles for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) process. Used properly, applying these pillars to a top-to-bottom QDDR will save money, accelerate impact, and strengthen America's place in the world while also giving comfort to our allies and weakening our enemies.
By Richard Crespin, CEO at CollaborateUp