Foreign Aid

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Should the United States continue to provide economic aid to Egypt?

The Egyptian uprising presents a rare opportunity for the United States to resolve the tension between its strategic priorities in the Middle East and its desire to support democratic change in the region. Washington's past approach to aiding Egypt was based on relations with authoritarian leaders who could be counted on to advance the United States' interests. With the fall of Hosni Mubarak and Egyptian efforts to build a more open political system, a policy based on "authoritarian stability" is no longer possible, and the United States is now forced to alter the way it appropriates and distributes bilateral assistance.

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Beyond Relief: Helping Haiti (Audio)

Speakers: Pamela Cox, Arvind Subramanian, and Michele Wucker
Presider: Marcus Mabry

Listen to experts discuss the political and economic challenges facing Haiti and the role foreign aid can play in the country's recovery and development.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, and U.S. National Security Symposium: Panel I: The Current State of Play (Audio)

Speakers: Lisa Curtis, Daniel S. Markey, and Ronald E. Neumann
Presider: Karen J. DeYoung

Listen to experts describe the current state of play in Afghanistan and Pakistan and how developments on the ground are affecting decision makers in the United States.

This discussion was part of the Council on Foreign Relations' Afghanistan, Pakistan, and U.S. National Security Symposium.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, and U.S. National Security Symposium: Panel II: Options and Prescriptions for U.S. Policy (Audio)

Speakers: Clare Lockhart, John A. Nagl, and J. Alexander Thier
Presider: Kori Schake

Listen to a panel of experts outline the range of options available for U.S. foreign policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan and their prescriptions moving forward.

This conversation was part of the Council on Foreign Relations' Afghanistan, Pakistan, and U.S. National Security Symposium.

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The Future of Foreign Assistance Amid Global Economic and Financial Crisis (Audio)

Speaker: Laurie Garrett
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to Laurie A. Garrett, CFR senior fellow for global health, discuss her recent report, "The Future of Foreign Assistance Amid Global Economic and Financial Crisis: Advancing Global Health in the U.S. Development Agenda" as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call Series.

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Reforming U.S. Foreign Aid (Audio)

Speakers: Mary K. Bush, James A. Harmon, and Leo J. Hindery
Presider: Nicholas D. Kristof

Listen to experts discuss U.S. foreign aid reform and the upcoming report of the HELP Commission, established by Congress to determine ways to make U.S. foreign aid more effective.

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