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SEPTEMBER 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

F

ounded in 2007, E-International

Relations is a U.K.-based non-

profit website that describes itself

as “the world’s leading open access

website for students and scholars

of international politics, featuring

high-quality scholarly content and

student-facing resources.” Recom-

mended by academics across the

world, the website receives more than

three million unique users per year.

E-International Relations provides

niche, intersectional information from

experts on global issues, including

articles, books, interviews, blogs and

reviews. It offers free downloadable

books on a variety of subjects, such

as

Popular Culture andWorld Politics:

Theories, Methods, Pedagogies

to

Migration and the Ukraine Crisis: A

Two-Country Perspective.

The site’s blogs provide opinion-

based commentary on global hot-

button issues from a variety of view-

points, but also focus on issues that

matter to students, such as coping

with information overload, critiquing

academic work and avoiding cliques

in the classroom.

SITE OF THE MONTH:

www.e-ir.info/about/

Reforming U.S.

Foreign Assistance:

A CSIS Report

F

ollowing President Donald Trump’s

executive order onMarch 1, which

asked all federal agencies to submit reor-

ganization plans, the Center for Strategic

and International Studies convened a task

force to analyze the possible outcomes of

such reform andmake recommendations

regarding the future of American security,

prosperity and continued global leader-

ship.

On July 24, CSIS released its bipartisan report on the proposed reorganization of

U.S. foreign assistance. In it, the authors

recognize the need for reformof foreign

assistance programs, but disagree with the

planned reduction in the foreign affairs

budget.

The report establishes the view that

U.S. foreign assistance is not merely altru-

istic—although it makes a huge difference

in the world—but a smart investment that

contributes to the national security of the

United States, stating that “putting Ameri-

can interests first means leading abroad.”

The report reviews the current status

of U.S. foreign assistance, noting that

it makes up less than 1 percent of the

federal budget, and makes the following

recommendations:

1. Maintain USAID as an independent

agency reporting to the Secretary of State

and designate the USAID Administrator

as the coordinator of foreign assistance.

The Administrator, along with other

stakeholders, should create a develop-

ment strategy that supports and comple-

ments the national security strategy.

2. Address duplication of effort and

generate budget savings by identifying

programs and functions that should

shift to USAID from State. Identify and

eliminate programs or missions which no

longer contribute to the foreign assis-

tance strategy.

3. Modernize the personnel and pro-

curement systems for the Department

of State and USAID and streamline the

reporting requirements to Congress.

By adopting these recommendations,

CSIS argues, the current administration

will strengthen American global leader-

ship while increasing efficiency, effec-

tiveness and accountability.

Acting Head of

Diplomatic Security

Steps Down

O

n July 26,

The Washington Post

reported that Bill Miller, the direc- tor of the Diplomatic Security Service

and principal deputy assistant secretary

of State for Diplomatic Security, had

resigned from the Foreign Service and

the Department of State.

Miller had been serving as acting

assistant secretary of State for Diplo-

matic Security, the top DS post, since

January, when FSO Greg Starr stepped

down with the change of administra-

tion.

According to the

Post

, Miller

“resigned voluntarily and was not asked

to resign or fired,” but sources close

to Miller said he “had been hoping to

be appointed to lead the Diplomatic

Security Service on a permanent basis

but was informed that he would not be

getting the job.” CBS News, which broke

the story on July 25, reported that “offi-

cials familiar with the situation say that

retirement was not his first choice.”

ABC News also reported on the story

,

quoting Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who

said that President Trump and Secretary

of State Tillerson are “putting American

lives at stake” by leaving top DS posts

unfilled.

Miller’s departure further empties

the top ranks at State. ABC News writes

that four of six under secretary positions

were vacant at the time of Miller’s resig-

nation; of 108 other senior roles, “31 are

filled by someone in an acting role, and

41 are completely vacant, with two more

soon to be empty.”

A 31-year DS veteran, Miller was

chosen to lead the Bureau of Diplomatic