Thursday, August 10, 2017

How Secretary Tillerson could reshape the State Department [Commentary]

Daniel Goure,

Image from article, with caption: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives on Capitol Hill to join Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in briefing House members on the Islamic State group on July 20, 2017. 

A State Department organized to more closely align with the Pentagon, which is its equal operationally as well as in the highest decision-making councils, would likely be more effective in pursing this nation’s international interests and promoting its security. ...

[T]he U.S. Agency for International Development should be moved under the State Department and development assistance more directly tied to the pursuit of U.S. interests. The undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs needs to focus on what is termed information operations and countering false narratives about the United States. ...

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