US Global Engagement - Jacob Lew, Colin Powell Headline March 4th "Putting Smart Power to Work" Discussion

Center for U.S. Global Engagement to Release New “Smart Power” Report with Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Lew and Panel Discussion with Woodruff, Powell, Leach, Menendez and Sherman

Who & What: To mark the release of its new report, “Putting Smart Power to Work: An Action Agenda for the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress,” the Center for U.S. Global Engagement will host remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew and a high-level panel discussion moderated by Judy Woodruff of PBS’ “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”. Panelists at the event will include:


  • Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell
  • Former Congressman Jim Leach (R-IA)
  • U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Ambassador Wendy Sherman, a Principal at the Albright Group LLC who served as a Department of State Review Team Lead for the Obama-Biden Transition


The event will be webcast live at


The report, “Putting Smart Power to Work,” synthesizes the recommendations of 20 major reports on how America can best advance our foreign policy and national security agenda. The Center’s analysis of these reports provides a roadmap of consensus priority action items for the Obama Administration and Congress and highlights issues and proposals that will require further debate. It is clear from this analysis a “smart power” approach to foreign policy will require augmenting a strong defense with greater investments in our civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development. The report will be made available at the event and afterwards at


When: Wednesday, March 4, 2009

8:30am – 10:00am (Breakfast will be served at 8:00am)


Where: The Newseum, Room 706

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Also available via LIVE webcast at


The Center for U.S. Global Engagement (, the educational arm of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, unites business, civic, military, faith-based, and political leaders around the country to broaden understanding of America’s interests in building a better, safer world.


The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign ( is a broad-based, nationwide coalition of businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community leaders that advocates for a strong U.S. International Affairs Budget. Members of the USGLC – a vibrant, influential network of 400 organizations and thousands of individuals – engage policymakers in the nation’s capital and educate the public around the country to build support for these essential programs.