Written by Andrew Lubin, Foreign & Defense Analysis
Foreign policy in the 21st century is more than massive firepower; it’s the adroit use of defense, diplomacy, and development. Yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Gov Romney addressed ‘development.’
What Romney calls a “Prosperity Pact” is a re-labeling [...]Continue Reading →
Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) just introduced H.R. 6178, which calls for the establishment of tighter working relationships between the U.S. government and private companies making vital progress in advancing economic growth and eliminating poverty in developing countries. What’s more, in accordance with common sense and defiance of all patterns, this developmental measure and its counterpart [...]Continue Reading →
Developing nations in Africa are sure to prove powerful strategic partners to whoever helps them move from poverty to prosperity. China understands this opportunity and has taken it upon itself to seize it. For the US, failing to demonstrate leadership in Africa would be a monumental mistake.
The fifth meeting of the Forum on [...]Continue Reading →
Guest post from Victoria Webbe, Scoville Fellow at the Truman Project.
According to President Obama, “Africa can be the world’s next major economic success story.” This bold prediction was included in the announcement of the new U.S. strategy for involvement in the region, the Presidential Policy Directive for sub-Saharan Africa (PPD).
The optimism of [...]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week, an op-ed appearing in the Argus Leader, South Dakota State Senator and Truman Partner Angie Buhl explained why international development is important to all of us, even her hometown of Sioux Falls in in South Dakota. As Senator Buhl says,
“Even in Sioux Falls, we know that after-school programs for kids [...]Continue Reading →
I’ve been criss-crossing the hill this week, meeting with the offices of Representatives and Senators about the State Foreign Operations account, the tiny fraction of the federal budget that covers international development efforts. The weather in DC has been amazing – bright, sunny and clear – and as I walk from one meeting to the [...]Continue Reading →
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State Foreign Operations approved the FY 2013 bill that would slash international development and foreign aid funding. And well, we can’t say we are surprised. Given Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal released in February and the appropriations just last week, it was only a matter of time before [...]Continue Reading →
Truman Fellow Gregory Adams, Director of Aid Effectiveness at Oxfam America, spoke at the Truman Conference this past weekend about aid effectiveness and his work at Oxfam. His article below was originally posted on Oxfam’s Politics of Poverty blog on May 7:
“His stomach lurched as he realized that tinny, tiny sound was coming from [...]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee released the FY 2013 funding allocations for each appropriations subcommittee. The twelve bills add up to match the $1.028 trillion discretionary spending budget approved by the House Budget Resolution earlier this year, but the total amount is still $19 billion short of the agreement reached in the [...]Continue Reading →
There’s a time-honored saying that any state legislator knows well: “All politics is local.” It remains true today. As a community, we need to [...]Continue Reading →