First: Aid


First: Aid

Conscience Magazine, 2017 ISSUE 1 Contraception International Aid Trump
By Barbara Crane and Elizabeth Maguire
Posted Apr 19, 2017

A new presidential administration in Washington inevitably brings its own foreign policy agenda and fresh eyes to old problems. Often too, old policy agendas resurface, whether or not they are appropriate for current global realities. Changes are thus no surprise. However, the arrival of the Trump administration has sent shock waves through the foreign pol icy community in the United States and around the world. Long-suppressed isolationist factions in this country are coming to the fore, while the president himself has taken a doctrine of “America First” to an entirely new level.

It is early to forecast with any precision how this seismic paradigm change will play out in America’s varied networks of global engagement, including its foreign aid programs, but the directions are clear. Many observers see an unprecedented assault on the principles and values that have shaped the global order since World War II, especially in the areas of human rights, gender equality, global health and sustainable economic growth and development. Advocates for continued US global leadership must undertake the challenge of designing a broad-based, strategic and effective response.

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