Tales from the Trail

Clinton sees diplomats of the future in cargo pants as well as pinstripes

October 26, 2010

CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Congress to finance a major new U.S. push on overseas development aid, arguing that only by building up a global middle class will the United States increase its own national security.

Senator to USAID: Stop your high-flying ways

April 20, 2010

An influential senator warned the official U.S. overseas aid agency: come down to earth with the impoverished people or see your funding cut.

U.S. officials seek to shelve Karzai tensions

April 16, 2010

Tensions, what tensions?

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew arrived back from Afghanistan and Pakistan on Friday, touting the performance of several ministers in Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government.

Haiti … Too Much Suffering

January 14, 2010

QUAKE-HAITI/Having hurtled by car through the Dominican Republic to the ramshackle Haitian border, I and four other foreign journalists were desperate to reach Port-au-Prince by nightfall. So after exchanging Ramon’s beaten-up taxi for the the back of a modern pickup owned by one of Haiti’s elite families, our speed stresses were soon put into terrible perspective.

New U.S. “voice of development” fluent in Washington speak

December 1, 2009

Rajiv Shah, the Obama administration’s nominee to head the troubled U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), carries a resume heavy with outside-the-beltway cred.