Investments in nation-building/peace-building
It would be naïve to believe that the USA can survive in the world without making investments in emerging and developing economies. However, due to the extreme deficit condition and to the seriously deficient economy, America has to be very deliberate about the targets for foreign policy investment. A discussion about this should be transparent. The executive branch and Congress need to discuss and debate the topic and to educate Americans about the choices, alternatives, consequences, and priorities.
The President is making a speech today to address and reshuffling of the deck and modification of foreign policy on this subject.
The story is that Afghanistan remains on the table as does Iraq and Haiti for that matter. Other nations are getting attention also.
What are the criteria that we are using as nation to decide how we make our foreign policy investment?
In the referenced article is says:
“While focusing on potential winners, the new policy doesn't mean that the poorest countries will lose their American aid, officials said. Afghanistan will get generous funding under the administration's war strategy; Haiti will receive humanitarian funds.
But there will be a reshuffling elsewhere. In an interview, Shah said he is moving USAID staff from Eastern Europe and Latin America to countries such as Ghana, Malawi and Bangladesh, which are becoming bigger priorities.”
Why these nations is what I ask?
“Obama to announce new foreign-aid policy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 21, 2010; 11:07 PM
President Obama will roll out his long-awaited policy on foreign aid Wednesday, pledging to target U.S. assistance at a select group of countries to help transform them into the next generation of emerging economies, officials said.
The policy, to be announced at the United Nations, comes after a yearlong battle between the State Department and White House over how to improve an inefficient overseas aid system. In the end, each side seemed to get something, with the White House increasing its role in coordinating U.S. assistance programs and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton maintaining key decision-making powers.”