Lots of folks have been waiting for the interim report to show up. First in January, then in March, then in April, now it’s June and we’re hearing that the interim report may not be released to the public.
Josh Rogin of The Cable writes that “Administration sources confirmed to The Cable that the State Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Defense Review is chugging along toward its target completion date in September. […] But although State repeatedly promised outside groups interested in the QDDR that they would get a public report halfway through the process, back in April the decision was made not to release an interim report at all.”
Laura Hall of Burget Insight has a post here on the QDDR preview with lots of interesting questions.
The USAID website it still optimistic:
“The final report will be issued in September 2010. It will include detailed recommendations for short-, medium-, and long-terms actions that will be specific and feasible and that will build a robust, agile, and flexible foundation on which to achieve our goals. As we implement the QDDR recommendations – some of which are already underway – we will begin the process of more closely aligning policy, processes, and human and financial resources to ensure that State and USAID have the capabilities to meet 21st century foreign policy challenges.”
If we don’t see the interim report this summer, we’re still counting on reading it sometime this fall.
In the meantime, Global Operation, “the most compelling new web series on the net” which was supposed to come out in February was also pushed back to April. We’ve blogged about it here and here. It is reportedly still in pre-production; I’m not sure for how long.
Okay, we’ll just wait here…