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Foreign Aid

Members of the Taliban stand in front of a Blackhawk helicopter.
Members of the Taliban stand in front of a Blackhawk helicopter.

Afghans Battle Another Blow After Big Earthquake

The Taliban can’t govern in normal times, let alone disaster response.

U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Samantha Power testifies.
U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Samantha Power testifies.
Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting on the Build Back Better World program at the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden attends a meeting on the Build Back Better World program at the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.

Biden’s Foreign Aid Is Funding the Washington Bubble

As usual, U.S. assistance pays everyone except governments actually providing services to the world’s poor.

A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.
A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.

How the U.N. and the West Failed Sudan

Self-delusion and negligence stopped governments and aid agencies from facilitating a genuine and lasting transition to democracy.

Schoolgirls look out through a window while attending class at their bullet-riddled school in the Afghan village of Arzo.
Schoolgirls look out through a window while attending class at their bullet-riddled school in the Afghan village of Arzo.

World Bank Freeze Leaves Afghanistan Bracing for Economic Impact

Amid Taliban crackdowns, the country continues to be locked out of billions of dollars in crucial international funds, with little resolution in sight.

World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley at the U.N. Office in Geneva.
World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley at the U.N. Office in Geneva.

WFP Women Fault Food Agency’s Boys’ Club

Hundreds of employees at the World Food Program protest the dominant role of men in responding to world’s humanitarian emergencies.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Europe’s New Security Unity Can Repair Damaged Relationships

The United Kingdom should be a critical part of post-Ukraine arrangements.

Ukrainian refugees cross the border.
Ukrainian refugees cross the border.

Humanitarian Corridors Alone Won’t Solve the Conflict in Ukraine

As violence escalates, the international community must respond urgently to a spiraling humanitarian crisis.

Protesters hold signs including one showing a cartoon of a U.S. soldier handing a child with missing arms a piece of candy, with the caption "Gift."
Protesters hold signs including one showing a cartoon of a U.S. soldier handing a child with missing arms a piece of candy, with the caption "Gift."

A Better Use of Frozen Afghan Funds

The reserves belong to the Afghan people, not the United States or the Taliban.

Uniformed soldiers wearing surgical face masks and holding weapons stand at attention.
Uniformed soldiers wearing surgical face masks and holding weapons stand at attention.

U.S. Security Assistance to Burkina Faso Laid the Groundwork for a Coup

Since 2009, the United States has supported the country’s military with funding, weapons, and training.

Afghan women chant slogans and hold placards during a protest for equal rights in Kabul on Dec. 16, 2021.
Afghan women chant slogans and hold placards during a protest for equal rights in Kabul on Dec. 16, 2021.

Afghan Women Aren’t Liberated by Humanitarian Catastrophe

Continuing to deny aid to Afghanistan is an anti-feminist policy choice.

Afghan men line up for food ration distribution.
Afghan men line up for food ration distribution.

How to Prevent Afghan Aid Money From Reaching Terrorists

Humanitarian aid must be linked to an effective independent monitoring system.

Dozens of internally displaced Afghan families collect food in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dozens of internally displaced Afghan families collect food in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Aid Infrastructure Is Unraveling

Famine and destitution loom, yet more aid could strengthen the Taliban.

Members of the Taliban, all men, sit at a fancy table.
Members of the Taliban, all men, sit at a fancy table.

Foreign Aid Won’t Moderate the Taliban

International assistance isn’t the political lever many hope it will be.

A pupil stands at the entrance of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Aug. 29, 2018.
A pupil stands at the entrance of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Aug. 29, 2018.

To Fix Foreign Aid, Pay the Poor Directly

Donor countries are questioning the merits of a broken system. They must radically reevaluate how they deliver aid—not stop providing it.

Afghan security officers stand in front of a U.N. vehicle.
Afghan security officers stand in front of a U.N. vehicle.

U.N. Return to Afghanistan: ‘This Is Completely Insane’

A month ago, the United Nations was pulling its staff out of Afghanistan. Now, it’s headed back in to avert a major humanitarian crisis.

Afghan schoolchildren study at a destroyed high school.
Afghan schoolchildren study at a destroyed high school.

Biden’s Conundrum: How to Pressure the Taliban Without Hurting Afghans

After 20 years of building up Afghanistan, can the United States really cut the country off now?

The leader of the Taliban negotiating team Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar walks after the final declaration of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar's capital Doha on July 18, 2021.
The leader of the Taliban negotiating team Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar walks after the final declaration of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Qatar's capital Doha on July 18, 2021.

What Diversity Means for the Taliban

The new Afghan government will likely include ethnicities other than the Taliban’s own. But women are probably out of luck.

A French soldier checks the temperature of an Afghan woman in Abu Dhabi.
A French soldier checks the temperature of an Afghan woman in Abu Dhabi.

Don’t Blame the Afghans

If the United States fails to understand its mistakes, it will continue to repeat them.

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