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Condoleezza Rice back to kick off new CSIS-Chevron project

Former Secretary of State and current Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice is set to kick off a new project tomorrow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies along with Gen. James L. Jones, a CSIS trustee.

The panel, “The Role of Development in U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security,” will launch an initiative between CSIS and Chevron Corp., the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, “to explore new thinking on development with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and market-driven economic growth,” according to the event announcement.

“U.S. leadership and influence come in many forms, including our commitment to development assistance,” said CSIS President and CEO John J. Hamre in a released statement.

“At the same time, private-sector investments and capacity building have an important role to play in ensuring growth and helping us stay safe. We see the partnership helping to charter pathways for active collaboration between government and the private sector in the years ahead,” he said.

Steve Green, Chevron vice president for Policy, Government and Public Affairs, said the CSIS-Chevron partnership is a strategic one that combines a private-sector approach to economic development with CSIS’s regional expertise. “Our collective aim is to create sustainable partnerships that do more to advance human progress. That’s good for people and good for business,” Green said.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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