Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin offers the first glimpse behind-the-scenes at the deputies committee meeting last week at the National Security Council. Quoting unnamed sources who either participated in or were familiar with the meeting, Rogin reported on the dynamics in the room, though perspectives on the interactions and the tenor of the meeting varied.
But the overall takeaway, as Rogin presents it, seems to be that the meeting didn’t accomplish much:
“[T]he deputies, who don’t decide policy but make recommendations to their bosses, never got to outlining those incentives and pressures, instead only reviewing the various agencies’ ‘assessments’ of the situation in Sudan, one high-level participant confirmed to The Cable.”
The story we’ve heard is that they’ll have to meet again.
Photo: Secretary Clinton announces the new U.S. policy on Sudan, October 2009 (Video screengrab)