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“This report will provide Congress and the next president with a blueprint for fixing the human capital crisis that has hobbled United States diplomacy worldwide, crippled its response to crises and inappropriately thrown additional foreign-policy burdens on the military in recent years,” said Thomas Boyatt, a former ambassador to Burkina Faso and Colombia who oversaw the study.
The academy suggested adding 4,735 diplomats, a 46 percent increase; expanding public diplomacy duties; increasing funding to embassies to allow ambassadors to respond effectively to humanitarian and political emergencies; transferring authority over a $785 million security-assistance program to the State Department from the Defense Department; and establishing a “surge capacity” for foreign reconstruction and stabilization programs.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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