The $9.9 billion pledged toward Haitian reconstruction at last week's donors' conference will be ineffective without insisting that funding for housing and jobs be wedded to overall goals for Haitian political and economic stability, says CFR expert Kara McDonald.
Noam Unger, Margaret L. Taylor, and Frederick Barton discuss the role of foreign aid in the United States' relationship with developing countries, and efforts at its reform.
Princeton N. Lyman provides the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa with an update on U.S. policy toward the continent, and explains why the United States may experience diminishing leverage with these countries.
Isobel Coleman argues that local women can play a role in mitigating the corruption that surrounds humanitarian aid in Somalia.
The global fight against HIV and AIDS cannot be won without success in South Africa, but while President Zuma's government has made progress, it has to do more to prevent future infections and provide better treatment, says CFR's Peter Navario.
Watch 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 experts discuss the political and economic challenges facing Haiti and the role foreign aid can play in the country's recovery and development.
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."
As the Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argues, the concept of foreign aid is ﬂawed -- not just because corrupt dictators divert aid for nefarious or selﬁsh purposes but also because even in reasonably democratic countries, aid creates perverse incentives and unintended consequences.
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.
U.S. policymakers can no longer afford to ignore Southeast Asia. The United States should use trade, aid, and education to alleviate poverty and prevent terrorism in the region.
The private sector is recognized as the engine of economic growth, and growth is recognized as a key condition for poverty alleviation. But effectively promoting private investment in the developing world has proven to be a major challenge for those in the field. R. Glenn Hubbard and Lars H. Thunell discuss the relationship between foreign aid and local business in the developing world.
Watch experts break down the relationship between foreign aid and local business in the developing world.
Listen to experts break down the relationship between foreign aid and local business in the developing world.
Amid the latest spate of attacks in Pakistan, furor over a U.S. aid package shows continuing distrust between Washington and Islamabad. CFR's Daniel Markey and Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation say Pakistan poses a difficult challenge.
Watch Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's minister of foreign affairs, examine U.S.-Pakistan relations and critical political, economic, and security issues in the region.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's seven-nation trip to Africa will highlight U.S. security concerns from Somalia to Nigeria and expand on efforts to engage leading African states on governance and trade issues.
Frederick Kaufman explores the problem of world hunger.
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.
The definitive account of the secret war in Laos, which forever changed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers. More
CFR President Haass argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges from terrorism to climate change. More
Alden provides an enlightening history of the last four decades of U.S. trade policies and a blueprint for how to keep the United States competitive in a globalized economy. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2016 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.
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