Reassessing Foreign Aid

September 27, 1996 • Volume 6, Issue 36
Should the U.S. keep cutting back on aid?
By Mary H. Cooper


Foreign aid has been a key tool of American foreign policy ever since the Marshall Plan helped war-torn Europe rebuild after World War II. Multibillion-dollar aid programs helped win allies in the Cold War against the Soviet Union as well as trading partners for American industry. But in the post-Soviet era, critics say foreign aid's original rationale - countering the spread of communism - no longer exists. Moreover, they contend that U.S. economic assistance has failed dismally to boost developing countries and should be scaled back or eliminated. But supporters argue that programs to bolster free markets and improve education and health care guard against social ills that might lead to problems requiring far more costly U.S. military intervention.

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Mar. 29, 2019  U.S. Foreign Policy in Transition
Apr. 14, 2017  Rethinking Foreign Aid
May 16, 2014  U.S. Global Engagement
Oct. 02, 2012  Rebuilding Haiti
Mar. 23, 2012  U.S.-Europe Relations
Jun. 17, 2011  Foreign Aid and National Security
Apr. 26, 2002  Foreign Aid After Sept. 11
Sep. 27, 1996  Reassessing Foreign Aid
Sep. 23, 1988  Foreign Aid: a Declining Commitment
Dec. 01, 1965  Development Aid for Poor Nations
Dec. 19, 1962  Foreign Aid Overhaul
Jun. 19, 1957  Population Growth and Foreign Aid
Dec. 12, 1956  Extension of Foreign Aid
Jan. 26, 1955  Aid to Asia
Feb. 04, 1953  Trade Policy and Foreign Aid
May 03, 1951  Future of Foreign Aid
Feb. 09, 1949  American Aid to Greece
Oct. 17, 1947  Conditions for American Aid
Jun. 11, 1947  Financial Aid to Foreign Countries
Aug. 06, 1940  American Relief of Famine in Europe
Feb. 16, 1940  Loans and Credits to Foreign Countries
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