The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 14

It is a great privilege to be here with four other former secretaries of
State. We have shared common experiences of the indispensable role
of the United States in working for peace and progress in the world,
the privilege of working with the Foreign Service—the most distinguished
group of public servants that I know—and we also know that we will never do
anything more challenging in our lives than to serve these objectives. …
The essence of diplomacy is to build permanent relationships. It is
essential to create confidence so that when the di‡cult issues come up and
the close decisions have to be made, that it’s a basis on which the minds can
meet. It is essential for diplomacy to deal with people before you
need them, so that they have faith in what you’re saying when you
do need them.
—Former Secretary
Contemporary Quote
of natural disasters,” USAID Administra-
tor Rajiv Shah said.
CARE USA, World Vision USA, Save the
Children, Oxfam America and many
other NGOs are currently operating in
these four countries.
ousands have
been saved from death, and millions of
individuals have been helped to get back
on their feet.
e U.S. government alone has sent
more than $2.8 billion in assistance to
these four countries; but there is still
more to be done. With places like Gaza,
Yemen and the Democratic Republic of
the Congo also heading toward a Level 3
designation, humanitarian aid is needed
now more than ever.
Trevor Smith, Editorial Intern
USAID Caught in
Cuba Policy Crossfire
n August, for the second time this
year, USAID found itself the focus of
controversy as a result of an Associated
Press exposé of agency programs in Cuba
between 2009 and 2012.
ough the
agency is merely a whipping boy in the
larger ght over U.S. policy toward Cuba,
the revelations have given some pause.
that, begin-
ning in 2009, young Latin Americans
were secretly dispatched to Cuba under
the cover of health and civil programs
to organize political change as part of a
USAID project.
USAID contractor Creative Associates
International hired nearly a dozen young
people from Venezuela, Costa Rica and
Peru for as little as $5.41 per hour to
undertake the potentially dangerous
Working clandestinely, often posing
as tourists, the visitors in one instance
held an HIV-prevention workshop
that project memos called “the perfect
excuse” for advancing the mission: to
recruit Cuban political activists.
, when AP spotlighted
another USAID project—the non-
declared creation of a “Cuban Twitter”
network—the agency has defended the
projects as part of its congressionally
dictated mandate, stating that they are
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