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.
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.
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.
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.”
How Washington Got on Board With Congo’s Rigged Election
The State Department endorsed Felix Tshisekedi’s unlikely presidency, taking some U.S. officials by surprise.
White House Weighs Taking Refugee Programs Away From State Department
Mike Pompeo’s first test could be a plan to remove refugee aid from Foggy Bottom.
USAID Redesign Moves Forward, With No Drama
Unlike ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.S. Agency for International Development chief Mark Green has won over his workforce with his reorganization plan.
Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen
Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.
Foreign Aid Makes America Safer
Critics of overseas development assistance say it's a waste. The evidence shows that investments in public health enhance stability and security.
Senator Raises Alarm Bells on Diversity at U.S. Foreign Aid Agency
New leadership at Millennium Challenge Corporation comes under scrutiny after “disturbing” comments by a senior official and concerns over Trump’s pick to head the agency.
State Department, USAID Face Drastic Budget Cut
A budget deal ended a government shutdown, but it could gut funding for America’s diplomacy and development programs.
Rex Tillerson Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake
The knives are out for "F" at the State Department. The secretary should be strengthening rather than dismantling it.
Foreign-Policy Uber Report Targets State Department Overhaul
Most foreign-policy experts agree the former oilman is doing his job wrong.
Senate Panel Rejects Trump Plan for Cutting Foreign Assistance
Lawmakers also push back on Tillerson’s plans to reshape State Department.
Trump Should Fix Foreign Aid, But Not at the Expense of U.S. Interests
The country's international goals, not arbitrary budget decisions, should motivate its development strategy.
Foreign Aid Is About U.S. Interests
The Marshall Plan was always in America's national security interest.
Congress Set to Grill Rex Tillerson on Massive Budget Cuts to His Own Department
Democratic lawmakers plan to “come out swinging” in Tillerson’s testimonies.