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Can Foreign Aid Help Win the War on Terror? (AEI)

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

CGD research fellow Stewart Patrick will be a panelist at this event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute. For more information and to register please visit the AEI event page.

Description:

The Bush administration has identified the long-term political and economic transformation of the greater Middle East as a cornerstone of its national security strategy. Yet despite rousing presidential rhetoric and increased funding for U.S. aid programs, it remains unclear how well-suited the traditional instruments of American statecraft are for this challenging new mission. In particular, questions remain about the extent to which the U.S. government should seek to promote democratic change from within, by supporting indigenous civil society organizations in countries like Egypt, Pakistan, and Iraq.