Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Update and Condi's State Department

I haven't posted in a while due to the fact that I've "moved" to southern California for the summer to work as an intern at the Claremont Institute. We got the internet up and running in our apartment at Harvey Mudd College a few days ago and I've finally gotten around to do some posting. The town of Claremont is absolutely beautiful; tree lined streets - with sidewalks! (something non-existant back home) - big mountains, lots of suns and no humidity. The other interns I work with a pretty impressive bunch of people - and pretty cool, too. We've even started our own Claremont intern blog at http://calicons.blogspot.com. Nothing up there yet, but hopefully we'll get crackin' on that soon.

In news-related stuff (btw, I feel pretty guilty for missing the boat on the "non" and "nee" votes against the EU constitution in France and the Netherlands, respectively, having just spent four months living on that continent and studying the EU. Maybe I'll say something a little later.) The WashPost has a pretty interesting look into the make-up and structure of Condi Rice's "inner circle" at the State Department. Do I hear a yawn? That's all right. I don't know why, but I really like this kind of story. It's like a little window into what I think is a pretty fascinating place. The article details Rice's daily agenda and the serious players surrounding her, as well as pointing out that the bureaucracy won't be dictating policy:

Before becoming secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice studied the various ways her predecessors managed Foggy Bottom. She concluded she did not want to be barricaded by a palace guard on the seventh floor of the State Department -- but she also decided she did not want to let the building run her, aides said.

So she identified a few key priorities that she believes will define her tenure as secretary, such as promotion of democracy. And then she put together an inner circle that draws heavily on longtime personal connections to her and one another.

The result is a powerful and focused group of aides -- and some grumbling in parts of the building that have felt their priorities ignored or played down.


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