August 2004

Appearing before the House International Relations Committee yesterday, Deputy Executive Director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Christopher Kojm advised Committee members that the U.S. should develop a comprehensive strategy to counter terrorism. “We cannot succeed against terrorism by Islamist extremist groups unless we use all the elements of national power….If we favor one tool while neglecting others, we leave ourselves vulnerable and weaken our national effort.” Diplomacy, public diplomacy, and foreign aid were all cited as elements of national power by the Commission, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.

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Calling for a “new brand of American diplomacy”, Keith Reinhard, President of Business for Diplomatic Action, Inc. (BDA), told members of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and International Relations Monday, that his not-for-profit organization believes “there is an urgent need for Congress to act now to dramatically overhaul the management of our public diplomacy efforts so that we as a nation can work not only to rebuild bridges of trust abroad, but also to help defuse the hatred that spawns terrorism.”

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