From Whence to Fight Global Poverty?

The Cable passes on the news of Lael Brainard’s upcoming nomination to become under secretary of the Treasury for international affairs. Previously, she was tapped to join the State Department in a top economic role. While I confess ignorance as to the specific bureaucratic distinctions between the two jobs, I can’t help but feel a twinge of remorse for her absence from Foggy Bottom. Brainard’s appointment to any branch of the government should unquestionably be seen as a good thing for proponents of global development, but I was encouraged to see someone who has so consistently articulated the links between national security, U.S. foreign assistance, and poverty reduction headed to the department that concerns itself with global diplomacy. State’s loss is Treasury’s gain, I guess.