Chinese officials see stability on the Korean peninsula under the Korean Armistice as a component that has enabled China's growth for over three decades. Despite a growing difference between the economic systems of China and North Korea, China's communist party leadership feels an affinity with North Korea because its government, like China's, pursues one-party leadership under a socialist banner.
Outside of a humanitarian crisis—such as a famine or a natural disaster—it is hard to make the case that any country deserves another's economic support. To paraphrase Britain's Lord Palmerston, countries do not have permanent friends, only permanent interests.
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.
Rajiv Shah, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, discusses how foreign assistance and development efforts can spread U.S. values, deter conflict, and shape a more peaceful world.
Experts discuss the role of the UN Millennium Development Goals as a framework for new government development policy, the importance of increasing aid funding transparency with developing nations, and the impact of the financial crisis on the developing world.
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.
Listen to Representative Nita Lowey, chair, subcommittee on state, foreign operations, and related programs, House committee on appropriations (D-NY), discuss her views on the U.S. national security apparatus and the balance between civilian and military resources.
Listen to experts break down the relationship between foreign aid and local business in the developing world.
Listen to experts breakdown the issues of private philanthropic organizations and the impact of philanthropy on U.S. foreign policy.
Listen to Dambisa Moyo, author of the new book Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa, share her thoughts on the current system of international development aid.
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.
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.
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.
Listen to CFR International Affairs Fellow Amy B. Frumin discuss issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction with students as part of CFR's Academic Conference Call Series.
This call is made possible in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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.
Listen to Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan, discuss terrorism, foreign aid, democratic reforms, and the military situation in Pakistan.
Listen to experts discuss whether there is a link between aid and economic growth, and what aid strategies, if any, can facilitate economic growth.
Washington is focusing new military aid to Pakistan on strengthening counterinsurgency capabilities. But distrust between the two countries and Islamabad's continued focus on an Indian threat pose challenges, say experts.
Knopf argues that the only remaining path for South Sudan is for an international transitional administration to run the country for a finite period.
The U.S. relationship with Israel is in trouble. Blackwill and Gordon offer six core policy proposals to repair, redefine, and invigorate the partnership.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2015 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
Read and download »