from The Great Debate:

How to fix foreign aid

By Paul A. Brinkley
February 25, 2014

All war-torn countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, share a common characteristic -- the absence or destruction of economic infrastructure. The lack of opportunity fuels frustration and unrest, giving violent actors an opening to destabilize fragile institutions.

from David Rohde:

What failed in Pakistan won’t work in Egypt

By David Rohde
August 2, 2013

 

As the Egyptian army continued its violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood this week, White House officials said that the United States can’t cut off its $1.3 billion a year in aid to Egypt. To do so would cause Washington to lose “influence” with the country’s generals. Vital American security interests are at stake, they argued, and keeping the torrent of American aid flowing gives Washington leverage.

from David Rohde:

The Arab world’s Silicon Valley?

By David Rohde
March 30, 2012

Update: At Leila Charfi's request, I added a paragraph below and shortened her quote to give it more context. She was concerned that the original version highlighted the role of the Internet in Tunisia's revolution but did not credit street protesters. At least 219 protesters died during the uprising, according to the UN.

from Tales from the Trail:

Clinton sees diplomats of the future in cargo pants as well as pinstripes

October 26, 2010

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Congress to finance a major new U.S. push on overseas development aid, arguing that only by building up a global middle class will the United States increase its own national security.