The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 13

Missouri, tweeted by a popular blogger in
Cairo, who writes under the pseudonym
The St. Louis suburb in the heart of
the United States, where the Aug. 9 police
killing of an unarmed black teenager
ignited long-simmering racial and eco-
nomic tensions, has drawn critical media
attention from around the world.
“I have been to many warzones,”
“But to
get handcuffed, yelled at by police, and
to see a prison from the inside, I had to
come to Ferguson, Missouri, in the U.S.”
The German daily’s U.S. correspondent
filed the story following his arrest and
three-hour detention on Aug. 18.
The German press was not alone
among European newspapers in spot-
lighting the problems of press freedom
and police tactics in Ferguson. The
and others also raised
In Britain,
the London riots of 2011, stressing that
“Ferguson is a living example of why we
should be immensely grateful that those
tactics (teargas and rubber bullets) were
never used during the U.K. riots.”
The Russian and Chinese media
joined in. On Aug. 18, Chen Weihua
readers of Chair-
man Mao’s support for the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1960s: “It seems that
even today, Mao’s words half a century
ago are not totally irrelevant. The U.S.
also needs to clean its own hands before
pointing accusing fingers at others.”
raised the question of
the treatment of journalists in Ferguson
on Aug. 14: “Press Freedom? Police Tar-
get Media, Arrest and Teargas Reporters
at Ferguson Protests.”
Even little Sri Lanka, as
noted in a survey of foreign press cover-
age, couldn’t resist.
Referring to an Aug. 8 U.S. security
warning to Americans in connection with
an increase in protests and anti-Amer-
ican sentiment in Sri Lanka, the island
Daily News
opined: “For the U.S.
to issue a travel warning for Sri Lanka
does seem odd at a time when there are
race riots in Missouri.”
Julian Steiner, AFSA Staff
QDDR Exercise
Is Underway
as “an opportunity for congressional
engagement” on the 2014 Quadrennial
Diplomacy and Development Review.
Meant to serve as a blueprint for the State
Department’s diplomatic and develop-
ment efforts abroad, the first QDDR was
issued in 2010 by Secretary of State Hill-
ary Rodham Clinton.
The second QDDR was officially
launched by Secretary of State John F.
Kerry on April 22. The ASP event was part
of the outreach effort being made during
the “discovery” phase of the exercise,
expected to last through the summer.
Panelists were Deputy Secretary of
State for Management and Resources
Heather Higginbottom, Assistant to the
Administrator of USAID Alex Thier and
Special Representative for the QDDR
Tom Perriello, a former Virginia con-
gressman appointed to spearhead the
effort by Sec. Kerry in February.
Deputy Secretary Higginbottom
underscored the team’s sincere desire to
engage with Congress, nongovernmental
organizations and thought-leaders on
what she described as the key questions
of the review: (1) How can State and
USAID modernize to be more efficient?
(2) What diplomatic and developmental
successes can be built on? and (3) What
are the global trends, and how can State
and USAID best address them over the
next two decades?
Thier, of USAID’s Policy, Planning
and Learning Bureau, explained that
the QDDR analyzes diplomacy and
development together, as mandated in
the presidential decision directive on
development. He also argued that State
and USAID need to forge stronger rela-
tionships with the private sector to carry
out the main objectives of international
Perriello, who has met with more than
25 embassies and more than 100 stake-
holder groups seeking input on the review,
reiterated the deputy secretary’s emphasis
on partnership between USAID and State.
He added that the decision to proceed
with a second QDDR despite a change in
State leadership was important, signifying
a longer-term commitment.
Perriello wants to ensure, he said,
that the QDDR’s overall strategy does not
simply reflect “the fact that we did things
that way last year.” He looks forward to
receiving recommendations at perriellot@ or
Arguably, one of the central challenges
for the QDDR is focus. “The QDDR cannot
be everything to everyone, and it is not
going to try to be,” Higginbottom told the
gathering. It is largely about prioritizing “a
few big issues and a few big challenges,”
she added.
In a recent
for zeroing in on just three: governance,
security assistance, and the integration of
The QDDR is an opportunity
to replace the current crisis-
response approach with an
actual strategy.
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