Strategic Goal 1: Regional Stability - Public Benefit, Selected Performance Trends, and Strategic Context

FY 2003 Performance and Accountability Report
Bureau of Resource Management
December 2003

I. Public Benefit

The United States must provide for the safety of Americans at home and abroad, protect against threats to its interests worldwide, and honor commitments to its allies and friends. The activities of the Department are cost-effective means for enhancing and ensuring stability in all regions of the world. Through diplomatic means, the United States builds and strengthens relations with neighbors and allies worldwide by shaping regional environments and by educating foreign audiences in ways that can prevent, contain, or resolve conflicts, and foster cooperative efforts. The benefits to the U.S. are greatest when the world is safer and more stable. Factors that contribute to regional instability include, but are not limited to economic instability, health crises, the illegal trade in toxic chemicals and dumping of hazardous wastes, exploitation of natural resources, trafficking in persons and in illegal conflict diamonds and systemic, state-sponsored denial of women's political and legal rights. The Department also advances U.S. national security interests through the resolution of regional instability, so that Americans, at home and abroad, are safe from violence. The Department achieves these regional stability objectives by focusing on two main performance goals: "Close Ties with Allies and Friends" and "Resolution of Regional Conflicts."

U.S. President George W. Bush, center, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, left, during the opening session of the NATO summit in Prague. NATO leaders formally invited seven ex-communist countries to join the alliance. � AP Photo/Laurent Rebours

 Photo showing U.S. President George W. Bush speaking with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell during the opening session of the NATO leaders summit in Prague.

II. Selected Performance Trends

Number of Countries with U.S.-Trained Forces Participating in Peacekeeping Operations
  Result Target
2001 2002 2003 2003
Countries 17 18 28 20


Number of African Armed Conflicts Resolved (AACRs) and Peace Support Missions Concluded (PSMCs)
  Result Target
2001 2002 2003 2003
AACRS 1 1 1 1
PSMCS - - 1 1

III. Strategic Context

The Regional Stability strategic goal is supported by two performance goals. Shown below are the major initiatives/programs, bureaus and partners that contribute to accomplishment of the strategic goal.

(Components that Contribute to Goal Accomplishment)
Performance Goal
(Short Title)
Initiative/Program Lead Bureau(s) External Partners
Close Ties with Allies and Friends Enhanced and Expanded
Euro-Atlantic Partnership
European and Eurasian Affairs, Arms Control, Verification and Compliance OSD, JCS, IC, NSC Joint Consultative Group (JCG) in Vienna, NATO
Regional Stability in East Asia and the Pacific East Asian and Pacific Affairs DoD
Prevention and Resolution of Regional Conflicts Conflict Management and Resolution African Affairs DoD, United Nations Department for Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO), France, UK, Belgium, ECOWAS, Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Benin, Mali
Indo-Pak Relations - Kashmir South Asian Affairs USAID, NSC, DoD, and various UN Agencies
Peacekeeping Participation Political-Military Affairs OSD/Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict
Restrict Advanced Conventional Weapons Transfers Nonproliferation 32 Member States of Wassenaar