The Hunger President

The Hunger President

One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. The quote comes from Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his policy on Syria after seeing photographs of a couple Syrian children killed by a chemical attack. It didn’t matter that...
Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. It’s the first time the two leaders have met in more than a year. For more on the significance of this meeting and whether it would help smooth over strained...
Foreign Aid Is Afghanistan’s Resource Curse

Foreign Aid Is Afghanistan’s Resource Curse

Rebellious American colonists once proclaimed that “taxation without representation is tyranny.” A corollary is more significant in the modern world: “government without taxation results in tyranny.” This phenomenon is primarily observed in...
Disaster Times Two in Pakistan

Disaster Times Two in Pakistan

A year ago, monsoon rains devastated Pakistan, leaving nearly 20 percent of the country underwater, killing 1700-plus people, and doing about $43 billion worth of damage. In 2010, the Pakistani government was accused of incompetence and international donors of a...
Obama to Aid Uzbek Dictatorship

Obama to Aid Uzbek Dictatorship

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, in a move initiated by the Obama administration, has voted to waive Bush-era human rights restrictions on military aid to the Islam Karimov dictatorship in Uzbekistan, one of the most brutal and repressive regimes on the...
Timor: Where Has All the Aid Gone?

Timor: Where Has All the Aid Gone?

When Indonesia withdrew from Timor-Leste (TL) in 1999, governments all over the world expressed their sympathy for the Timorese. Donor governments promised to assist TL to build a viable state, with lasting peace and stability. Early on, the United States also...
Washington Still Refuses to Learn an Obvious Lesson

Washington Still Refuses to Learn an Obvious Lesson

Back in 2004, three years into the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 Commission report made its debut to the gushing admiration of the Washington press corps. The report was everything that the mainstream media adores: bipartisan, devoid of divisive finger-pointing,...
Haiti’s Reconstruction: Who Benefits?

Haiti’s Reconstruction: Who Benefits?

Georges Marie is a proud and angry Haitian lawyer who lost her husband in the earthquake. As she mourned, the humanitarian industry exploded. She watched with concern as Port au Prince’s narrow streets became clogged with white Land Rovers, each stamped with an...

A Double Standard on Middle East Aid

The Post editorial board is absolutely right that the Obama administration should consider the $1 billion a year in U.S. aid to Egypt in the context of Egypt’s domestic repression and the role of its military, and that Congress should “link military funds...
U.S. Military Aid to Colombia Violates Human Rights Law

U.S. Military Aid to Colombia Violates Human Rights Law

A “false positive” diagnosis causes relief when it means earlier signs of cancer were wrong. In Colombia, a “falso positivo” deepens grief, for it means the suspicion that a murdered youth belonged to the guerrilla forces was a mistake....
Building Africa: Where’s The United States?

Building Africa: Where’s The United States?

Dar es Salaam hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa on May 5. This event — which brought together 11 heads of state with a thousand participants from 85 countries — offered a counter-narrative to the political and economic disorder described by policy...

Laos: Power Trumps Reform

There is broad agreement today that a market economy works well within a Western democratic system, but there is much less consensus over whether it can function effectively in an authoritarian state. The contemporary political economy of the Lao People’s...

3D Security

By defining development and diplomacy as security strategies, the administration officially recognizes that building stable and sustainable peace involves preventing conflict and addressing the root causes of insecurity. The concept of “human security,”...

Leveraging "3D" Security: From Rhetoric to Reality

Key Points: A 3D security framework creates possibilities such as increased funding for development and diplomacy, decreased reliance on the military, and decreased conflict between development, diplomacy, and defense personnel in crisis situations. A 3D security...