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State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department, by Kori N. Schake

State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department, by Kori N. Schake

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Imagining a State Department as effective as the US military

Conventional wisdom in Washington in recent years has maintained that the US State Department is dramatically undernourished for the work required of US civilian power. Developed in reaction to the proposition that America's civilian agencies could not be made as successful as the military, State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department shows how the deficiencies in focus, education, and programmatic proficiency impede the work of the State Department and suggests how investing in those areas could make the agency significantly more successful at building stable and prosperous democratic governments around the world.

Kori Schake explains why, instead of burdening the US military with yet another inherently civilian function, work should focus on bringing those agencies of the government whose job it is to provide development assistance up to the standard of success that our military has achieved. Schake presents a vision of what a successful State Department should look like and seeks to build support for creating it. She offers suggestions aimed at creating a solid basis for civilian-led US diplomacy, imagining a State Department that actually does lead US foreign policy and makes possible the projection of US civilian power as well as US military force.
Imagining a State Department as effective as the US military

Conventional wisdom in Washington in recent years has maintained that the US State Department is dramatically undernourished for the work required of US civilian power. Developed in reaction to the proposition that America's civilian agencies could not be made as successful as the military, State of Disrepair: Fixing the Culture and Practices of the State Department shows how the deficiencies in focus, education, and programmatic proficiency impede the work of the State Department and suggests how investing in those areas could make the agency significantly more successful at building stable and prosperous democratic governments around the world.

Kori Schake explains why, instead of burdening the US military with yet another inherently civilian function, work should focus on bringing those agencies of the government whose job it is to provide development assistance up to the standard of success that our military has achieved. Schake presents a vision of what a successful State Department should look like and seeks to build support for creating it. She offers suggestions aimed at creating a solid basis for civilian-led US diplomacy, imagining a State Department that actually does lead US foreign policy and makes possible the projection of US civilian power as well as US military force.

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Publish date: Mar 12, 2012
Added to Scribd: Mar 09, 2012
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780817914547
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Author Kori Schake comments on "Why Military is Held to Higher Personal Standards" on Bloomberg - "The men and women who fight the nation’s wars accept intrusions into their activities most of us would balk at..." - http://bloom.bg/QKeL8u.
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Author Kori Schake asks in Foreign Policy - "Where's the Indignation, General Dempsey?" - "The president of the United States was misrepresenting the views of many in our military, counting on their professional reserve to remain silent while he uses their credibility with the public for political advantage in an election. How does that not count as politicizing our military?" http://bit.ly/PWfnDh
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The Foreign Service Journal, the official arm of the diplomatic corps says of "The State of Disrepair" - "Schake is right. Now is the time to address training, education and planning deficits, as well as the confusion of our executive authorities that so hobbled our response after 9/11... an important book" - http://bit.ly/SAbvei.
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Author Kori Schake 'Debates Hillary' in her article today on Foreign Policy - "...Clinton's judgment seems particularly lacking with respect to democratizing countries. From her early statement that there is more to U.S.-China relations than human rights, to her insistence during the Arab Spring that Syria's Bashar al-Assad was a "reformer,"..." - http://bit.ly/Ma4m0j.
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Schake discusses the problem of aid in the time of austerity on Foreign Policy "The Senate version of the foreign assistance bill is taking shape, and it is commendable for being both sound and a broadly bipartisan approach, even though it signals the death knell of the Obama administration's commitment to "smart power." " - http://bit.ly/LqQ8YG
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Author Kori Schake asks "Where is the Outrage" in her piece on Foreign Policy- "...the problem is money, why isn't the State Department fighting for it? Why isn't the leadership contesting the spending levels and priorities in advance of the bill passing?" - http://bit.ly/M5MaGQ

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