The foremost responsibility of government is protecting the life, liberty, and property of its citizens. Since our struggle for independence, diplomacy and development assistance have become critical to our nation's security. The Department of State and USAID lead the effort to build and maintain relationships, coalitions, and alliances that promote economic, social and cultural cooperation, helping create the conditions for peace, and containing or eliminating potential dangers from abroad before they can harm our citizens.
Our security is best guaranteed when our friends and neighbors are secure, free, and prosperous, and when they respect human rights and the rule of law. As a result, the Department and USAID focus their efforts on resolving regional conflicts, countering global terror networks, combating international organized crime, and keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of those who seek to harm the United States, our allies, and our friends.
The following are the strategic goals that fall under this strategic objective: