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Dec 6, 2011

Development
Overcoming USAID’s Challenges

USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg discusses the challenges facing the organization in an environment of constrained budgets.

Jun 2016

USAID
Reconfiguring USAID for State-Building

Nation-building abroad has become a neuralgic term in American politics. Opposition to nation-building abroad is one of the few things that President Barack Obama and Donald Trump can agree on. And y…

Apr 30, 2013

Food and Water Security
Irrigation-water-agriculture-food-security-USAID-development-Sri-Lanka Democracy in Development: USAID, Water, and Food Security

Last week on my blog, I reviewed USAID’s Water and Development Strategy, focusing on the link between water and food security. As I write: As the global population continues to climb toward 10 billi…

Apr 3, 2014

United States
Evolving State Department-USAID Strategic Goals

In August 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell and USAID administrator Andrew Natsios introduced the first joint State Department – USAID Strategic Plan. These plans are intended to better synchroni…

May 3, 2017

Somalia
Somali soldier taking cover. The Presidential Policy Guidance and Somalia

This is a guest post by Rishav Shah, an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Rishav is a graduate of McGill University, where he double majored in International Develop…

Apr 26, 2017

United States
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a directive ordering an investigation into the impact of foreign steel on the American economy after signing it. Foreign Policy in the First Hundred Days of Trump

As President Donald J. Trump approaches his hundredth day in office, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources and analysis on the new administration’s foreign policy…

Apr 20, 2017

China
RTSW41K A Superpower, But Not Yet a Global Leader

In hindsight, China’s international ascendance seems to fit well with the predictions of neorealist scholars like John Mearsheimer. Back in 1974, Deng Xiaoping declared at the United Nations that “Ch…

Apr 14, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
PEPFAR Bush Former President George W. Bush, advocates for PEPFAR and Africa

Former President George W. Bush’s trip to Botswana and Namibia is a reminder of perhaps his signature achievement in office, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR. In an Apr…

Apr 11, 2017

United States
Foreign-Aid-BGR-Header-1160x630.jpg How Does the U.S. Spend Its Foreign Aid?

With President Donald J. Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.

Mar 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Somalia Famine Famine in Africa Getting U.S. Media Attention

The March 28, 2017 edition of The New York Times on the front page above the fold has a color image of a Somali child clearly starving to death. Heading up The Times’s international section is a full…