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MAY 2017




he Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention’s Global Heath

website has a wealth of informa-

tion for travelers and highlights the

significant work done by CDC health

officers in more than 60 countries


With a dedicated section for

travelers, the CDC website should be

the first stop for anyone looking for

advice on how to stay healthy when

traveling abroad.

The website has information

about current health threats in

particular countries or regions (for

example, an increased risk of Zika

in South America, or HIV/AIDS in

Africa) and best practices for mini-

mizing the risk to travelers of all ages.

There is also a section on vaccines

and a state-by-state map of where to

obtain them in the United States.

Visitors to the site can also learn

about the work the CDC is doing

worldwide, and with a number of

international partners. The website

hosts a blog, written by CDC officers

in the United States and in the field,

that features programs CDC is sup-

porting and success stories fighting

back against global epidemics. The

“Stories” section brings a personal

dimension to the fight, sharing indi-

vidual experiences from both CDC

health officers and those benefiting

from programs abroad.

—Gemma Dvorak,

Associate Editor


benefits to spouses and dependents.

The institutions selected have a

number of programs that cover “mission-

critical” skills, including cybersecurity,

science, technology, engineering and


The new agreements are part of OPM’s

continuing endeavor to “recruit and

retain a world-class workforce to serve the

American people,” and to increase federal

employees’ access to high-quality, afford-

able education.

—Gemma Dvorak, Associate Editor

In Support of

Global Engagement


merica’s Role in the World” was

the subject of a March 21 hear- ing at the House Armed Services Com- mittee where former Secretary of State

Madeleine Albright and former National

Security Advisor Stephen Hadley testified

on global challenges and the role the

United States should play in maintaining

international order.

When Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

asked about the ramifications of poten-

tially defunding international organiza-

tions as outlined in the president’s budget

request, Secretary Albright replied: “I

think they are so stunningly damaging to

America’s position that I find it hard to

believe that somebody that is in the U.S.

government could even suggest it.”

Albright cited her experience as U.S.

ambassador to the United Nations, argu-

ing that while the organization does need

change, “it is hard for us to have influence

in reform if we are creating a financial

crisis there, and we lose our influence. If

you go off the human rights council you

lose your influence…”

Citing the work of the United States

Institute of Peace, where he serves as

chairman of the board, Hadley argued

that defunding certain tools of national

power is shortsighted. USIP is one of 19

organizations facing elimination under

the president’s budget request.

At the height of the Iraq War USIP

trained local negotiators to mediate con-

flict between Iraqi tribes in a region once

known as the “Triangle of Death” and

fostered a peace that has stood for more

than 10 years, Hadley reported.

“Those preventative tools avoid our

need to use the military instrument down

the road when a fragile state has become

a conflict state,” he added. “We underin-

vest in those [tools] at our peril.”

Albright testified to the importance

of remaining engaged in the world given

the globalized nature of modern threats.

“We are not safer if we are isolated. An

isolationist America is the most danger-

ous thing for Americans, as well as for the


Hadley echoed this point, arguing that

if Washington decides to forgo a leader-

ship role the global order will revert to

its “traditional way”—with large powers

like China and Russia benefiting at the

expense of small powers.

“That’s not the international order

that we want,” Hadley stated. “It’s not the

international order that’s in our interest,

and it’s not an international order that will

provide enduring peace and security.”


—Dmitry Filipoff,

Publications Coordinator