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'Smart power', where development and defence meet

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The United States has not been getting high marks these days for good governance. But even in the best of times, balancing defence, diplomacy and development is largely an afterthought for both politicians and the American people. Years of military build-up, have left the linkages between these fields badly skewed, with Washington spending lavishly on defence but scrimping on long-term investments in diplomacy and development.

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This article was originally published in The Guardian.

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