Foreign Aid

Syrians displaced by pro-regime strikes, join a convoy driving toward the Deir al-Ballut checkpoint in Syria on April 11, 2020.

How to Aid Syria Without Aiding Assad

U.N. agencies have submitted themselves to government control and approval. Donors must demand higher humanitarian standards or send their money through other channels.

People wait in line to vote on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

To Save Its Democracy, the United States Needs a Dose of Its Own Medicine

Americans have long worked abroad to promote democratic practices and institutions. Now, more than ever, those lessons must be applied at home.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Snap Poll: What Foreign-Policy Experts Make of Trump’s Coronavirus Response

International relations scholars examine how the United States is seen on a global stage—and share who they would vote for in a presidential election.

A young Iraqi protesting against corruption, unemployment, and failing public services in Baghdad, on Oct. 2, 2019.

The U.S.-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That’s a Good Thing

After 17 years, there is little love left between Washington and Baghdad. Upcoming talks may be the last opportunity to save their dysfunctional partnership.

Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Generosity Is an Easy Win for China After the Coronavirus Pandemic

Electrifying rural health care facilities would burnish Beijing’s reputation in poor countries throughout Africa and Asia and cost next to nothing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to address a press conference in Berlin on April 23 after taking part in a video conference with EU leaders.

Forget Washington and Beijing. These Days Global Leadership Comes From Berlin.

People love to hate Germany—but the country is doing far more than most nations to help its European neighbors fight the coronavirus.

USAID Administrator Mark Green speaks in Ecuador.

Outgoing USAID Chief Says Pandemic Underscores Importance of Foreign Aid

In an interview, Mark Green says this is no time to be slashing assistance to the developing world or global health.

A construction site of a new COVID-19 hospital outside Moscow

For Now, China Has Forgiven Russia for Rebuffing It Over the Coronavirus

Moscow closed the border and banned Chinese citizens in an attempt to stop the pandemic. Now, Beijing has reached out a hand by sending medical aid to Russia.

From left: Chinese President Xi Jinping; He Lifeng, the chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission; Italian Labor and Industry Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio; and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a signing ceremony following their meeting at Villa Madama in Rome on March 23, 2019.

China Isn’t Helping Italy. It’s Waging Information Warfare.

The populist Five Star Movement has become China’s chief enabler as Beijing spreads disinformation about the origins of the coronavirus while sending aid shipments to EU countries where it seeks influence.

A health services staff member in Kabul

An Ailing America Must Not Abandon Afghanistan

Slashing aid, abandoning the peace process, or going it alone will imperil U.S. interests.

A member of the Syrian relief group Violet Organization disinfects tents

The Next Wave

U.N. and relief agencies warn the coronavirus pandemic could leave an even bigger path of destruction in the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-riven countries.

Children play in front of a house destroyed by Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 27, 2019.

Mozambique Is a Failed State. The West Isn’t Helping It.

Donor countries and international organizations are propping up a corrupt government rather than criticizing it—leaving millions of Mozambicans mired in poverty.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on Nov. 27.

The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.

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The Great American Food Aid Boondoggle

The United States could feed millions more people—if it changed outdated policies.

Hundreds of supporters raise their arms and wave the national flag while waiting to greet the Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto in Yaoundé on Oct. 5, the day of his release from prison.

Trump Must Put Real Pressure on Cameroon

Symbolic half-measures like revoking preferential trade status are not enough to force the repressive regime of Paul Biya to change. Canceling IMF loans and military aid would show that the White House is serious.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in Washington.

Rights Groups Miss Out on Millions in Foreign Aid Due to U.S. Spending Restrictions

Congress won’t let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in the lurch.

State Department Defends U.N. Peacekeeping

The White House and Foggy Bottom are at odds over the value of blue helmets.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget,  speaks at the White House in Washington on March 22, 2018.

Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Puts Humanitarian Programs in Jeopardy

Administration hopes to bypass Congress by running down the budget clock.

Sudanese dockworkers unload a U.S. aid shipment organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Food Programme at Port Sudan, Sudan on the Red Sea coast, on May 5, 2016.

How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism

The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. Pursuing economic justice at home and abroad, launching a new freedom agenda, and framing aid as innovation rather than charity can help end the backlash.

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