Transforming Foreign Aid: United States Assistance in the 21st Century

Transforming Foreign Aid: United States Assistance in the 21st Century

by Carol Lancaster
     
 

The phenomenon of foreign aid began at the end of World War II and has survived the Cold War. How should the United States now spend its foreign aid to support its interests and values in the new century? In this book, Carol Lancaster takes a fresh look at all US foreign aid programs and asks whether their purposes, organization, and management are appropriate to US…  See more details below

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The phenomenon of foreign aid began at the end of World War II and has survived the Cold War. How should the United States now spend its foreign aid to support its interests and values in the new century? In this book, Carol Lancaster takes a fresh look at all US foreign aid programs and asks whether their purposes, organization, and management are appropriate to US interests and values in the world of the 21st century.

Lancaster finds that US aid in the new century, if it is to be an effective tool of US foreign policy, needs to be transformed -- its purposes refocused and its organization and management brought into line with those purposes. Those purposes include support for peacemaking, addressing of transnational issues, providing for humane concerns, and responding to humanitarian emergencies. Traditional programs aimed at promoting development, democracy, and economic and political transitions in former socialist countries will not disappear but will have less priority than in the past. These new sets of purposes, promoting both US interests and values abroad, also offer a policy paradigm around which a new political consensus can be created that will support US aid in the 21st century.

Transforming Foreign Aid will be of particular interest to professors, students, and researchers of international affairs, foreign policy, political science, and political economy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881322910
Publisher:
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

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Carol Lancaster
Carol Lancaster, Visiting Fellow (1987-91; 1996-98; and 2000), was deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (1980-81). She is the author of African Economic Reform: The External Dimension (1991) and other works.

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