Foreign Assistance

Global Development

From the sale of military equipment to providing food and economic aid, foreign assistance strengthens the ties between nations. Stimson experts examine the role of foreign assistance between the U.S. and states around the world.


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Current Research

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Akriti Vasudeva , EXPERT: Jason Li , EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, these four countries formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the Quad – seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disband after a year. READ MORE

July 25, 2018 | EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

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September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

The ascension of China in a globalized world presents a number of challenges and opportunities in the sphere of conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction, and peacebuilding. READ MORE

September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

Over the past two decades there have been significant shifts in international economic dynamics and a gradual restructuring of global political relationships and collaborations. READ MORE

September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

China currently has one of the fastest-growing foreign aid programs in the world and is considered to be one of the top donor countries in the foreseeable future. To date, Sino-African relations have focused on economic recovery and assistance. READ MORE

September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

At the moment, the U.S. is without a strategy for development and diplomatic engagement with Africa. Both the Department of State (DoS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) lack high-level staffing in political positions that would shape and READ MORE

September 30, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Burkina Faso, a small West African country that most Americans have never heard of and that saw a popular uprising in 2014 and attempted coup a year later, has received more than $4 million in the past 10 years to help professionalize its military. However, even with consistent U.S. READ MORE

September 28, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

By Rachel Stohl and Max Estevao: READ MORE

September 19, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On August 27 and 28, the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) was held in Nairobi, Kenya—the first time the TICAD has been hosted in Africa since its inception in 1993. READ MORE

March 28, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) decided to widen its definition of official development assistance to include certain security and defense costs, including measures to prevent violent extremism and provide limited military training. READ MORE

May 26, 2015 | EXPERT: Hana Rudolph , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On April 25, Nepal was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Less than a month later, a second, 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck on May 12, followed (as the first quake had been) by numerous aftershocks. READ MORE

April 16, 2015 | EXPERT: Hana Rudolph , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The Asia-Pacific region is undergoing dynamic power shifts and witnessing new and emerging security threats. In the midst of this dynamic, the United States has realized the potential for “mini-lateral” security cooperation, which complements the existing security arrangements in the region. READ MORE

March 16, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Finlay

There is progress being made in the countries most severely impacted by Ebola. Liberia released its last confirmed Ebola patient during the first week of March and has not reported any new cases since the beginning of the month.  READ MORE

June 11, 2014

US Administrator of USAID Dr. Rajiv Shah joined Chairman of the Board Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr., for a strategic conversation with an opinion leader in national security and international affairs. READ MORE

June 10, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Governments at the United Nations are in full swing designing the next blueprint for global development, the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). READ MORE

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