We understand that the health effects caused by climate change
impact those in Florida, Louisiana and Arkansas more than anyone else in the country; that broken immigration
policies are felt and directly relevant to the day to day lives of those in California and Texas; and that in order to have a national security system that truly represents who we are as a nation, we need our agencies to be diverse and inclusive when hiring staff. Addressing questions of diversity, equity and inclusion
in the national security space is a fundamental part of who we are.
To build on all of these themes, we have also capitalized on our extended network to establish efforts around subnational diplomacy
—directly looking at how cities and states impact and enrich the national security kaleidoscope.
Truman has the power to make real policy change. In early 2021, we launched our State Department Task Force, an initiative aimed at overhauling and diversifying the U.S Department of State. We started with an idea, which created a movement, and now that report, which was brought to fruition with the support and guidance of Ambassador Amercrombie-Winstanley, Rep. Joaquin Castro, and Senator Chris Murphy, is required reading for new recruits of the State Department.
As President Biden announced the withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan, we directed a campaign aimed at providing special immigrant visas to Afghan interpreters who supported our troops in combat. Through our report, media campaign and elevation of the debate in the halls of power, success was achieved. The Biden Administration has begun the repatriation of thousands of Afghan interpreters, and we hope this is the start of more to come.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention that in addition to the Center expertise in-house, we also draw upon our sister organization, the Truman National Security Project, to develop and enrich our national security solutions.
I invite you to look through our website, and to familiarize yourself with the breadth of our work. I also invite you to sign up to our emails, as well as follow our social media accounts, where we bring the debate directly to you.
We are thrilled that you are here and we look forward to showing you more of what we do.
Jenna Ben Yehuda
President & CEO
Truman Center for National Policy