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State Department: Global Repositioning and Transformational Diplomacy

Secretary Condoleeza Rice described how the State Department's "transformational diplomacy" contributes to the vision President Bush outlined in his second Inaugural Address: "to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world." In a speech at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Secretary Rice said:
The new front lines of our diplomacy are appearing more clearly, in transitional countries of Africa and of Latin America and of the Middle East. Our current global posture does not really reflect that fact. For instance, we have nearly the same number of State Department personnel in Germany, a country of 82 million people that we have in India, a country of one billion people. It is clear today that America must begin to reposition our diplomatic forces around the world, so over the next few years the United States will begin to shift several hundred of our diplomatic positions to new critical posts for the 21st century. We will begin this year with a down payment of moving 100 positions from Europe and, yes, from here in Washington, D.C., to countries like China and India and Nigeria and Lebanon, where additional staffing will make an essential difference.
Secretary Rice spoke about the the localization of the diplomatic presence, the broadened authority and mandate of the Reconstruction and Stabilization Office and how diplomats have to work side-by-side with the men and women in uniform in disaster relief and stabilization missions as well as in the fight against drugs. The State Department provides her speech
and a fact sheet on Transformational Diplomacy. (Hat tip ROA)

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ROA on :

It never occurred to me before this, but one advantage to diplomatic personnel who don't speak local languages is that it is easier to transfer them to different countries.

Gregory M. Kelly on :

The move is long overdue and is in response to the successful Bilateral Relations being run by the competition to the US in particular Communist China in these regions. [url=http://k2globalcommunications.blogspot.com/]K2 Global Communications[/url] has over the period of many years been an advocate for this positive change. This move will not be successful however if the US continues to deploy outdated public diplomacy paradigms.

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