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The White House and the World: Practical Proposals for Resetting US Engagement in Developing Countries

When President-Elect Biden takes office in January, he will face a daunting set of challenges in the US wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. His administration’s core agenda will necessarily be shaped by the twin imperatives of containing the virus itself and supporting Americans as they weather the economic effects of the crisis. Both tasks will be considerably more difficult if US policy doesn’t also pivot toward constructive engagement with the rest of the world.

Administrator Mark Green Visits clinic in Darfur, Sudan

Mark Green's Legacy and Priorities for the Next USAID Administrator

The Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine has often colored US development policy in an unfavorable way, seeming to inform decisions to withdraw from international dialogues on collective action challenges, restrict migration, and adopt a short-term, transactional view of foreign assistance. These actions have reflected poorly on the United States’ role as a global leader and have considerable implications for development outcomes.

Disinfection and decontamination on a marketplace “Krasno selo” as a prevention against Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The CARES Act: A Down Payment on Global COVID-19 Response Efforts?

While the vast majority of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law late last week is devoted to domestic response and relief, the measure does include modest supplemental foreign aid funding and pending authorizations for international financial institutions to support the international response. These provisions, combined with the foreign aid funding provided as part of the initial supplemental legislation, are important.