Soft Power and the New Administration
Please join us at CSIS for a keynote address and two expert panel discussions on the use of soft power by the Trump Administration. This conversation is particularly relevant now, at a time when the value of "soft" and strategic U.S. engagement in the world is being questioned.
The first panel from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. will focus on how responsibilities for engagement should be divided between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
The Speakers on the First Panel are:
- Rodney Bent, Fomer Acting Chief Executive Officer of the MCC
- Les Munson, Former Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID
- Patrick Fine, Former Vice President for Compact Operations at the MCC
- Moderator: Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Former Chief Strategy Officer at the MCC
The second panel from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will highlight the soft power role of agencies such as the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
The Speakers on the Second Panel are:
- John Simon, Former Executive Vice President of OPIC
- Lee Zak, Former Director of USTDA
- John Wasielewski, Founding Director of the Office of Development Credit at USAID
- Moderator: Daniel F. Runde, William A. Shreyer Chair and Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
The Project on Prosperity and Development published a brief report this week on the role of the MCC with the next administration, and why there needs to be a greater share of responsibilities amongst development agencies. The report can be found here: https://www.csis.org/analysis/millennium-challenge-corporation-trump-era