Security By Other Means: Foreign Assistance, Global Poverty, and American Leadership

By
Sean Peoples

The calls for a more effective U.S. foreign assistance framework have been deafening lately. Although official foreign aid has increased substantially over the last five years, its fragmented organization and lack of clear strategic objectives have come under fire. Many prominent voices in the development community argue that substantial reform is needed to effectively alleviate poverty, strengthen security, and increase trade and investment in developing countries (e.g., Sewell, 2007, Sewell & Bencala 2008; Patrick, 2006; Desai, 2007). CARE International’s announcement that it would forgo $45 million a year in federal funding is a clear indication that our development strategy is still plagued by significant problems (Dugger, 2007). In Security By Other Means: Foreign Assistance, Global Poverty, and American Leadership, several leading scholars—including Steven Radelet, Charles Flickner, and Lael Brainard—offer innovative approaches to reforming U.S. foreign assistance.
 

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