A 21st Century Foreign Service

medium.com

Speaking of interesting ideas, this link features a bunch from Elizabeth Warren to transform the State Department. As she notes:

Today, the United States lacks a presence in nearly 40% of world cities with populations over 3 million, many in the rapidly growing Indo-Pacific region.
The Pentagon is nearly 40 times bigger than the State Department — we employ more people to work in military grocery stores than we do foreign service officers.

The top stat is insane. The bottom one is bonkers.

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