Building on the framework of the 2015 National Security Strategy, this QDDR continues the work of the 2014 Joint Strategic Plan for the State Department and USAID, which focuses on achieving measurable progress by 2017 in economic diplomacy, global security challenges, climate change and energy, democracy and human rights promotion, and modernizing diplomacy and development. Specifically, the QDDR focuses on four global policy priorities for the State Department and USAID.

Four Strategic Priorities:

  1. Preventing and Mitigating Conflict and Violent Extremism
  2. Promoting Open, Resilient, and Democratic Societies
  3. Advancing Inclusive Economic Growth
  4. Climate Change

Building Dynamic Organizations for the Challenges Ahead

In a world of complex threats, dynamic opportunities, and diffuse power, effective diplomacy and development require institutions that adapt, embrace technology, and allow for experimentation to ensure continuous learning. Based on an extensive review of operations at the Department and USAID, the QDDR outlines a series of improvements that will strengthen our ability to advance America’s interests. These improvements include:

  1. Knowledge, Data, and Technology
  2. Promoting Innovation
  3. Managing Physical Risk
  4. Advancing Strategic Planning and Performance Management
  5. Engaging Americans as Partners in Foreign Affairs