Steve Radelet has begun his new job as senior advisor on development in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Radelet announced his move, which had been reported but not confirmed, in an email to staffers at the Center for Global Development, where he worked until Friday.
The development community has mixed feelings about the appointment. On one level, Radelet is seen a strong advocate for development, a straight shooter who's not afraid to ruffle feathers in his advocacy for a strong and independent aid mission. On the other hand, some see Radelet's placement inside Clinton's personal office as yet another sign that she is consolidating power over development at State, rather than at USAID.
Here's his parting email, below the jump:
From: Steve Radelet
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2010 10:33 PM
To: CGD Staff Announcement
Subject: Moving On....
Alas, all good things must come to an end, as so it is with mixed feelings that I let you know that Friday was my last day at CGD. I will miss everyone at CGD, but I am excited to begin a new position as Senior Advisor on Development in the Secretary's Office at the State Department. My apologies for not telling you all in person, but for many of you this is probably not such a great surprise, since it has been reported around town for the last couple of weeks. I am looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge of helping to elevate development alongside diplomacy and defense as a strong pillar of US foreign policy.
CGD has been a great place to work for me, both professionally and personally.
I will treasure my memories of working with all of you. It's a great
institution! And I look forward to seeing all of you in the near future!
You can reach me going forward at
John Hudson reports on national security and foreign policy from the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom, the White House to Embassy Row, for The Cable.