Press Release: Under Secretary Sewall Launches Initial U.S.-EU Security and Development Dialogue

Brussels, Belgium, June 8, 2016

Department of State Under Secretary Sarah Sewall led the U.S. delegation to the initial U.S.-EU Security and Development Dialogue on June 8 in Brussels, Belgium. The U.S.-EU SDD is a quadrilateral exchange between the U.S. and EU foreign affairs and development assistance agencies. The U.S. delegation to this also included USAID’s Counselor Susan Reichle and Executive Director Russell Porter as well as Department of State’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Sharon Morris. The EU’s European External Action Service’s Deputy Secretary Maciej Popowski led the EU delegation which also included Deputy Director General Marcus Cornaro of the EU’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development as well as EEAS Managing Director Mara Marinaki, Managing Director Nick Westcott, Director Gabor Iklody and Head of Division Malgorzata Wasilewska.

The United States and EU discussed our shared interest in elevating and integrating development tools into countering violent extremism approaches. We also discussed U.S.-EU collaboration following the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism; how to harmonize our approaches to atrocity and conflict prevention; and the importance of rule of law, anti-corruption and good governance to CVE and conflict prevention. Both sides committed to continuing cooperation in our respective capitals and to exploring more detailed collaboration on policy and programming in third countries.

U.S. and EU leaders first articulated the SDD concept in the 2010 U.S.-EU Summit joint statement when they affirmed a commitment “to strengthen our collaboration [in the area of] conflict prevention, crisis response, and long-term development” and “the need to confront major international issues and global challenges with a more comprehensive and strategic approach.” At the 2014 U.S.-EU Summit, leaders reaffirmed that “security and development are inextricably linked” and committed to “deepen the dialogue in order to frame and undertake complementary and mutually reinforcing action.”