International security increasingly requires greater integration of military, diplomatic and development instruments of US power to achieve desired outcomes in developing nations, speakers said at Stimson Center events held Nov. 15 to honor Nokia Corporation and retired US Navy Admiral James Stavridis.
Nokia and Stavridis - who is now dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University - received Stimson's annual Pragmatist + Idealist Awards at an evening gala at the Embassy of Finland hosted by Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde. The gala followed a morning session at Stimson on the topic of "Bridging the Divide Between Security and Development."
"Walls don't really work very well in creating security," Stavridis said. "You need to build bridges" to people in other nations with assistance programs.
"Diplomacy, defense, development" are all needed for security, Stavridis said. "You need that hard power tool (of military force) occasionally," but "you build a very different picture of the United States" with humanitarian assistance.
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