Jim Kunder responds to Senator Kerry’s speech on “Diplomacy and Development in the 21st Century”
On May 21, GMF Fellow Jim Kunder served as a respondent to U.S. Senator John Kerry's speech on "Diplomacy and Development in the 21st Century." In the speech Senator Kerry made a strong endorsement for reinvigorating U.S. diplomatic and development tools. As a respondent in the panel that followed, Mr. Kunder offered some perspectives on the challenges involved in creating what he called a "powerful development model." A rigorous development model would help to quantify progress across various indicators and inform Congress and aid allocation decisions and would also allow the United States to partner with other development agencies in a more strategic manner. Mr. Kunder makes the case for providing for a center of gravity in the U.S. government that has intellectual heft and takes a development perspective on the world.