Foreign Aid

U.S. President Donald Trump waits at the line of demarcation for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30.

The Case for Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

It won’t bring the regime in from the cold, but it will save lives.

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U.S. Stopped Vital Foreign Aid Programs in the Name of Counter-Trafficking

Money that could have been used to curtail the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa or support demining programs in Southeast Asia was held up over human trafficking complaints.

A Burmese Rohingya girl gives a blood sample to test for malaria at a special clinic in Rakhine state on May 4, 2009.

Good Health Supports Good Governance

Trump’s budget reopens old—and unnecessary—arguments about the efficacy of health aid.

A man takes photo of a sign promoting the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 22.

China’s Debt Diplomacy

How Belt and Road threatens countries’ ability to achieve self-reliance.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi participates in a G-20 Africa conference in Berlin on June 12, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Warn Egyptian Leader Over Human Rights Abuses

A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter directly to Sisi that appeared to suggest security assistance could be in jeopardy.

Ben Shephard and Fearne Cotton pose with people in Hoima, Uganda, on Nov. 29, 2009 . The British TV personalities were revisiting Africa to see how money they raised over Red Nose Day is being spent, as well as helping to hand out malaria nets. (Des Willie/Comic Relief via Getty Images)

Comic Relief’s Vision of Africa Isn’t Funny

The perennial British charity is sticking with poverty porn in its fundraising efforts.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Aug. 16, 2018. (Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

Despite Pompeo’s Call for ‘Swagger,’ Trump Slashes Diplomatic Budget

The U.S. president’s 2020 budget request is especially harsh on the U.N. and refugees. Democrats call it “dead on arrival.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign-policy chief, in Munich on Feb. 7, 2015. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Doesn’t Even Agree on Assad Anymore

The latest issue to divide the EU is whether to recognize the legitimacy of Syria’s dictator and help him rebuild his country.

Women march during International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Nov. 26, 2018. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

South Koreans watch U.S. President Donald Trump meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a television screen at a railway station in Seoul on Feb. 27. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Sanctions or Saving Lives? Washington Juggles Another Pyongyang Dilemma

Trump administration pares back controversial “maximum pressure” strategy to allow charities to work in North Korea.

Iraqi protesters watch an official building in flames as they demonstrate against the government and the lack of basic services in Basra on Sept. 6. (Haidar Hohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething

The world has focused on rebuilding the country’s north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.

South Sudanese await the arrival of South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, in Juba after peace talks in Ethiopia on June 22. (Akuot Chol/AFP/Getty Images)

Remember South Sudan? Washington Would Prefer Not to

Its freedom fighters have turned into brutal oppressors, and it is near to becoming another failed state, despondent U.S. supporters say.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah on Aug. 15. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

The Taming of the Palestinian Authority

Israeli influence over Palestinian finances has driven a wedge between PA leaders and their supporters.

Seneglese and Chinese workers at the construction site for a new national theater in Dakar on Feb. 14, 2009. (Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Aid and Investment Are Good for Africa

Increased interest in the continent’s real estate and resources will enhance the bargaining power of governments there—but they need to bargain for the right things.

Hundreds of Jordanians gather to protest against a income tax bill in Amman, Jordan on June 6, 2018.  (Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Jordan Can’t Keep Up Its Double Game

By urging self-reliance at home while demanding aid from abroad, Amman has painted itself into a corner.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Donald Trump in the Oval Office on April 3, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Blinks, and Egypt’s Sisi Wins

By giving in on aid, Washington just lost its leverage in Cairo.

Somali soldiers patrol Sanguuni military base south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 13. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Somalia Is a Country Without an Army

The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction.

Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

Lebanese soldiers take part in a military parade for Independence Day celebrations marking 74 years since the end of France's mandate in Lebanon, on November 22, 2017 in Beirut.

The United States Has Not Lost Lebanon

Despite Hezbollah's strong election showing, American policies are working and Washington must stay the course.

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