• August 11, 2017

    Creating Opportunities for Refugee Youth

    Rebecca Wexler | August 11, 2017

    Never in history has the global community had more young people to celebrate than on this International Youth Day, as the world recently hit the largest global youth population ever recorded.

  • August 11, 2017

    To Merge, or Not to Merge: Lessons from Overseas

    Abhik K. Pramanik | August 11, 2017

    These three case studies provide contrasting models for diplomacy and development. In Australia’s case, subsuming development under diplomacy has led to concerns that Australian foreign assistance has become less accountable. In Canada, though...

  • July 31, 2017

    From Aid to Trade: How South Korea is a Model for U.S. Foreign Assistance

    Sung Lee | July 31, 2017

    American economic investment and humanitarian aid produced considerable dividends by helping to build the foundation for the economic transformation of South Korea, which has since become America’s sixth largest trading partner. U.S. exports to South Korea have tripled since 1990 to $43 billion in 2015, more in one year than all development assistance the U.S. provided to Korea since the war.

  • July 31, 2017

    Ending Modern Slavery: How America is Working to Stop Human Trafficking

    Elizabeth Holtan | July 31, 2017

    The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 21 million people are victims of forced labor, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation— more than at any other time in history. One in five of those victims are the most vulnerable among us: boys and girls, separated from their families and forced into prostitution, or labor. But the U.S. government and organizations like ChildFund are taking steps to end human trafficking.

  • July 28, 2017

    How U.S. Partnerships are Saving Lives, Stopping Spread of Hepatitis

    Megan Guilfoyle | July 28, 2017

    For many people living in developing countries without strictly enforced medical hygiene and safety standards, a simple injection can sometimes lead to potentially life-threatening diseases like hepatitis and HIV. In honor of World Hepatitis Day, we acknowledge the great impact that public-private partnerships have had on tackling hepatitis across the globe.

  • July 28, 2017

    When America Leads, America’s Economy Benefits

    Sung Lee | July 28, 2017

    America’s investment in development and diplomacy programs play a critical role in strengthening rule of law, and supporting reforms that create an enabling environment for private sector investment. For example, USAID’s investment of $30 million to help Vietnam improve its business regulatory environment helped increase U.S. goods exports from $460 million in 2001 to over $10 billion in 2016, more than 2000 percent increase. Simply put, America’s development and diplomacy programs – funded by the International Affairs Budget – are critical to America’s economic future.

  • July 21, 2017

    What’s Next for Mosul, and What It Means for the U.S.

    Sean Hansen | July 21, 2017

    Congress will soon determine the levels of U.S. assistance available to Mosul and other global humanitarian crises. Rebuilding Mosul will be a critical test and an enormous challenge, yet the future of Iraq— and the future of America’s presence abroad— may well depend on what emerges from the city’s rubble.

  • July 12, 2017

    An Unexpected Interview: Secretary Mattis Talks U.S. Development and Diplomacy

    Elizabeth Holtan | July 12, 2017

    Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis doesn’t mind taking a moment to share his thoughts about the importance of diplomacy and development, as one intrepid high school student discovered when Secretary Mattis returned his call.

  • June 30, 2017

    Celebrating American Independence and Values Around the World

    Megan Rabbitt | June 30, 2017

    With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Americans across the country are looking forward to barbecues, fireworks, and hopefully, time spent with family and friends. But what about those working in the 275 embassies and diplomatic posts around the world– how will they celebrate Independence Day thousands of miles from home? By doing what they do best: sharing American culture, traditions, and values with those living outside of the United States’ borders.

  • June 29, 2017

    Providing a 360-Degree Response to Food Insecurity and Conflict

    Laura Mack | June 29, 2017

    With 1.4 million children suffering from— and dying of— malnutrition, the hunger crises of today will have severe, long-term effects for generations to come. In light of the Administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which proposes deep cuts to the State Department and U.S. foreign assistance, our ability to continue supporting relief efforts is no longer guaranteed. That includes the work of U.S. government private sector partners and nonprofits like FHI 360, a human development organization that serves over 60 countries and plays a critical role in addressing complex crises like those in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen.