Foreign Aid

Afghan men sit in chairs alongside a building beneath a large banner advertising World Food Program and USAID food assistance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Don’t Blame the Afghans

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

Children sleep in a makeshift camp.

How to Avoid Humanitarian Catastrophe in Afghanistan

The Biden administration should maximize diplomacy and prioritize support for front-line organizations.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power speaks in Khartoum during a trip to East Africa.

Why Did Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Rebuff Samantha Power?

The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development was seeking greater access for aid workers in Tigray.

A boy holds a Djiboutian national flag in front of a Chinese national flag at the launching ceremony of new housing construction project in Djibouti on July 4, 2018.

To Win Friends and Influence People, America Should Learn From the CCP

Beijing’s development projects are flashy, fast, and relevant. Why aren’t Washington’s?

U.S. Secretary of State meets with Egyptian president.

It’s Time for Biden to Get Tough on Sisi

Washington should refuse a security waiver and block $300 million in military assistance to Egypt until Cairo cleans up its act on human rights.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

Displaced Syrians are in a camp in Idlib province.

When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip

Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak.

Biden to Prod Putin on Syria Relief

Russia’s blockage of aid deliveries threatens to make Syria’s humanitarian disaster the worst it’s been since the war began.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kremlin-Backed Hackers Target U.S. Aid Agency Before Biden-Putin Summit

Email phishing attacks aren’t unusual, but the new breach shows Russia isn’t letting up.

Samantha Power is sworn in as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development with her husband, Cass Sunstein, at the White House on May 3.

USAID’s Big Contracts Don’t Pay Off

American foreign aid needs to go to smaller, smarter deals.

A man holds up an Indian flag at a rally featuring. U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Power of Indians Abroad

In a time of crisis, the diaspora shows its strength.

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