U.S. Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) Event
On Tuesday, April 29th, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington, DC hosted a half day event on the challenges and opportunities facing the upcoming U.S. Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). The off-the-record discussion was attended by many of those directly involved with this year’s QDDR process, as well as representatives from the inaugural QDDR. Nearly 75 policymakers, Embassy officials, and representatives from the development, defense, academic, and private sectors were also in attendance.
The day began with Transatlantic Academy Executive Director Stephen Szabo welcoming participants and introducing Tom Perriello, U.S. Department of State Special Representative for the QDDR. Following Perriello’s opening remarks, the first panel discussion featured David Yang, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Robert Herman , Vice President for Regional Programs at Freedom House, Patrick Quirk, Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, and Dan Runde, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and focused on the core policy challenges of the upcoming QDDR. The panel was moderated by Mark Jacobson, Senior Transatlantic Fellow at GMF.
Following the first panel, a lunch address was delivered by Carla Koppell, the Chief Strategy Officer at USAID. GMF’s Senior Vice President Ivan Vejvoda introduced Koppell and moderated the conversation, which set the stage for the afternoon discussion.
The final panel, moderated by Transatlantic Academy Fellow Christina Lin, featured Ambassador Ronald Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Paul Stares Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations, Erik Leklem, Senior Advisor on Global Defense Reform at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies at the U.S. Department of State. The session focused on the internal process and inter/intra-agency coordination for implementing policy outlined through the QDDR.