U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan, after they signed an agreement to cooperate on international development, Friday, June 24, 2011, during a bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington. ©AP Image
U.S. policy states that the security of U.S. citizens at home and abroad is best guaranteed when countries and societies are secure, free, prosperous, and at peace. The Department, USAID, and their partners seek to strengthen their diplomatic and development capabilities, as well as those of international partners and allies, to prevent or mitigate conflict, stabilize countries in crisis, promote regional stability, and protect civilians. In 2011, a profound and dramatic wave of change swept across the Middle East as people courageously stood up to their governments to express their legitimate aspirations for greater political participation and economic opportunity. Our close relationship with our international partners has enabled the United States to strengthen our national security and provide leadership in conflict areas, such as the Middle East, to promote democratic and political reforms and ensure a voice for all peoples, including women, in building stable and peaceful societies.
The Department and USAID allocated $13.065 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2011, which is 28 percent of the total State-USAID budget supporting all strategic goals. The Department and USAID met or exceeded targets for 63 percent of their performance indicators for Strategic Goal 1. Twenty-six percent of indicators were below target, and ratings were not available for 11 percent that are new indicators or data are not yet available.
Through a number of integrated programs, the U.S. Government seeks to strengthen the capacity of local law enforcement and security authorities to combat illicit activity and weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and transnational crime and prevent and mitigate conflict. As noted at right, except in the areas of counternarcotics and transnational crime, the top 20 beneficiaries of U.S. Government assistance (blue) score considerably lower in the other four areas as compared to a select group of countries that have graduated from U.S. Government assistance (red)1. As indicated by the achievements below, U.S. assistance efforts are making progress in improving the capacity of target countries to preserve peace and security.