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Report Launch: The Future of U.S. Leadership in Multilateral Development Institutions: A Playbook for the Next 10 Years

September 28, 2021 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development for the online report launch of the new report, The Future of U.S. Leadership in Multilateral Development Agencies: A Playbook for the Next 10 Years.

Over the past year, the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development has undertaken a study that evaluates opportunities for the United States to rebuild its leadership role and its influence in multilateral development institutions. The research is based on the idea that member states within multilateral institutions can exert influence in the system through personnel—specifically, by placing qualified candidates in leadership and senior staff positions. Leaders set the direction and agenda of these institutions and have significant decision-making power, particularly over institutional priorities and staff composition. Similarly, senior staff familiar with the inner dynamics of organizations are responsible for implementing the decisions of leaders. Strategically placing people who understand how to exercise power in positions of authority can catalyze greater change in these institutions and can advance good policy decisions that are in the interest of U.S. national security.

CSIS' research has found that the United States has been losing influence in multilateral organizations over the past 30 years. Specifically, U.S. ability to compete in leadership races and place qualified representatives in top positions has diminished, and the presence of qualified Americans in staff positions has also declined. This study presents a series of recommendations on how to approach leadership changes and staffing of Americans at multilateral development institutions, as well as strategic direction for the current and future U.S. administrations. This engagement effort will require political will at the highest level of the U.S. government, as well as significant strategic planning, coalition building, and financial investments.

This event is made possible by the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
Romina Bandura
Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development
Senior Advisor to the Dean and Director, Foreign Policy Institute, John Hopkins School of International Advanced Studies

Richard Ponzio

Director of the Global Governance, Justice & Security Program and a Senior Fellow, Stimson Center

Hugh Dugan

Former Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for International Organizations and Alliances, National Security Council