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U.S. Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (2014-2018): Challenges and Opportunities April 23, 2014 / Washington, DC

The United States is developing its second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) — a broad assessment of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and their effectiveness in furthering the country’s foreign policy objectives. Completed in 2010, the inaugural QDDR outlined a broad framework for augmenting and leveraging U.S. “civilian power” to advance core American interests.

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

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YTN Members Quiz Kathleen Fitzpatrick on U.S. Approaches to Civilian Security across the World December 13, 2012 / Brussels, Belgium


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On December 13th, the Young Transatlantic Network in Brussels hosted Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff of Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State, for a luncheon discussion on U.S. approaches to civilian security across the world.

Ms. Fitzpatrick opened the discussion by explaining the importance of promoting and ensuring civilian security around the world as local issues can, and often, have global impacts. As a result, more strategic transatlantic partnerships and more targeted cooperation with civilian society actors are becoming increasingly crucial as the threats often come from non-state actors and are thus difficult to tackle.

The audience of around twenty five young professionals whose expertise range from politics, business to foreign policy, was particularly interested in how to balance particular geopolitical or national interests with the moral obligations to fight human right violations and ensure civilian security.

During the lively discussion, the focus was also shifted towards how to deal with states that are important international actors, such as China or Russia, but might have different views on how to deal with humanitarian crises.

Topics discussed also covered how the international community should support states in democratic transitions so that the positive changes remain even after the withdrawal of the international actors and how gender perspectives should be enshrined in all actions protecting human rights and democracy.

Listen to a podcast interview with Kathleen M. Fitzpatrick about human rights.

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