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

by Carol Lancaster
August 2000
Book Description

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 study, 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 need to be refocused and its organization and management brought into line with those purposes. Those purposes include support for peacemaking, addressing 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 they 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 should be of particular interest to professors, students, and researchers of international affairs, foreign policy, political science, and political economy.





1. The Phenomenon of Foreign Aid 113.5KB

2. The Purposes and Organization of US Foreign Aid Today 174.8KB

3. The Politics of Foreign Aid 183.7KB

4. US Foreign Aid in the Probable World of the 21st Century 227.7KB

5. Organizing for a New Century 129.3KB

Appendices 130.4KB


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Book Data

August 2000
ISBN paper 0-88132-291-1
136 pp.

Commentaries on This Book

"Lancaster provides new and thoughtful insights into the historical developments of U.S. foreign aid and the institutional relationships guiding such aid. The book provides very innovative suggestions ..."

Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Director General
International Food Policy Research Institute

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