In Slate magazine in 2005, Christopher Hitchens considers what "realism" has wrought in Darfur.
"This Humanitarian Response Review...is an independent assessment of the humanitarian system in which the experts identify reasons why the aid commuity sometimes falls short of its goals. The report seeks to demonstrate what the humanitarian system's current capabilities are and shows where the shortfalls lie. Already, it has prompted the discussion of how the entire humanitarian system can ensure faster and better responses to the eneds of people in distress."
There are various views on how to total U.S. spending on foreign aid and how U.S.
transfers compare with those from other major donors.
The U.S. and other industrial nations need to be more forthcoming with aid outside of calamitous times, argues this Scientific American editorial.
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Two economists, Steven Radelet of the Center for Global Development and William Easterly of New York University, debate the effectiveness of foreign aid.
Max Boot argues that suspending military assistance would likely have little effect on the Egyptian generals' actions, but it would give the U.S. more credibility on the subject of human rights.
"Cutting off aid is the only serious way to tell the Egyptian military that its current conduct is beyond the pale," writes Elliott Abrams.
"The Obama administration must now make the long overdue move to suspend American assistance until Egypt's government demonstrates a return to a political process," writes Isobel Coleman.
Shannon O'Neil explains why investing in Mexico's infrastructure is important for the country's future competitiveness.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon examines what Hamid Karzai's request for international aid until 2030—well past the 2014 date on which U.S. troops are scheduled to exit—means for Afghan women.
Terra Lawson-Remer urges the U.S. Congress to safeguard funding for multilateral development banks as blanket budget cuts loom.
Yanzhong Huang says China's engagement in international health and development assistance demonstrates that it is far more generous than its critics suggest, but China can do its part to dispel misunderstandings.
Laurie Garrett says U.S. foreign aid overseas is "effective, bipartisan, and reflects the very best of America."
Micah Zenko and Rebecca R. Friedman argue, "... a fully funded foreign assistance budget is essential to prevent the political instability and violent conflict that harms American security."
Laurie Garrett and Captain Eustaquio Castro-Mendoza, USN, discuss the steps that must be taken to protect Haiti, still recovering from the earthquake, from the coming hurricane season.
Isobel Coleman argues that local women can play a role in mitigating the corruption that surrounds humanitarian aid in Somalia.
Kara C. McDonald discusses how high-level visits to Haiti can hamper the relief effort.
Elliott Abrams says, "a larger Haitian diaspora would be a far better base for the country's economic future than aid pledges that may or may not be met."
Sundaa A. Bridgett Jones argues that "there are lots of reasons to worry that the president's plan may not be able to save Pakistan from itself."
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
The author analyzes the potentially serious consequences, both at home and abroad, of a lightly overseen drone program and makes recommendations for improving its governance.
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
An authoritative and accessible look at what countries must do to build durable and prosperous democracies—and what the United States and others can do to help. More
A groundbreaking analysis of what the changes in American energy mean for the economy, national security, and the environment. More