Climate Change now a top priority in U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Primacy Is Seen as Ebbing

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Climate Change now a top priority in U.S. Foreign Policy

The 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) was released on April 27. According to the website, it is “a blueprint for U.S. foreign policy.”  Following the 2010 review, the 2015 version identifies priorities and reforms needed to “advance the U.S. interests articulated in the 2015 National Security Strategy.”

According to the website,the review is a “joint effort of the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development” (USAID).  It identifies four strategic priorities and recommendations:

  1. Preventing and mitigating conflict and violent extremism
  2. Promoting open, resilient, and democratic societies
  3. Advancing inclusive economic growth
  4. Climate change

According to the Executive Summary, preventing and mitigating conflict and violent extremism will be accomplished through expansion of prevention efforts by partnering with “host governments, supporting vulnerable communities, and challenging extremism messaging” and by strengthening “our ability to prevent and respond to internal conflict, atrocities, and fragility.” Investments will be made in “fragile states” to prevent conflict and manage crises by providing personnel and support to “specified countries of concern.”


Climate change (a.k.a. seasons) effects are a “threat to our national security” and a “top priority for the State Department and USAID.”  Climate change mitigation and adaptation will be bureaucratically accomplished by promoting clean energy technology, increasing climate expertise, and appointing “climate leaders” and personnel at all bureaus and offices. Staff will be educated (read indoctrinated) on “climate-related issues, incorporating climate-related knowledge into the core competencies for Department and USAID officers.” In compliance with Executive Order 13677 on Climate-Resilient International Development, climate change will be integrated “into all of our diplomacy and development efforts.” Critical countries that are not compliant will be integrated into “our diplomacy and development efforts” for “in-depth climate engagement” in order to meet “international climate goals.”  The Department will complement all this global warming mitigation by directly engaging mayors, governors, faith leaders, women’s groups, and business leaders. As the review states, “We will seek their support in making commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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At Global Economic Gathering, U.S. Primacy Is Seen as Ebbing

WASHINGTON — As world leaders converge here for their semiannual trek to the capital of what is still the world’s most powerful economy, concern is rising in many quarters that the United States is retreating from global economic leadership just when it is needed most.

The spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bankhave filled Washington with motorcades and traffic jams and loaded the schedules of President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew. But they have also highlighted what some in Washington and around the world see as a United States government so bitterly divided that it is on the verge of ceding the global economic stage it built at the end of World War II and has largely directed ever since.

“It’s almost handing over legitimacy to the rising powers,” Arvind Subramanian, the chief economic adviser to the government of India, said of the United States in an interview on Friday. “People can’t be too public about these things, but I would argue this is the single most important issue of these spring meetings.”

Other officials attending the meetings this week, speaking on the condition of anonymity, agreed that the role of the United States around the world was at the top of their concerns.

Washington’s retreat is not so much by intent, Mr. Subramanian said, but a result of dysfunction and a lack of resources to project economic power the way it once did. Because of tight budgets and competing financial demands, the United States is less able to maintain its economic power, and because of political infighting, it has been unable to formally share it either.

Experts say that is giving rise to a more chaotic global shift, especially toward China, which even Obama administration officials worry is extending its economic influence in Asia and elsewhere without following the higher standards for environmental protection, worker rights and business transparency that have become the norms among Western institutions.

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