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Best resources for better understanding how and why the United States provides various forms of assistance to other countries.

Boko Haram Kidnappings
US military and FBI personnel have joined the search for Nigeria's missing girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.

U.S. Options In Crimea
The U.S. is trying several options, including sanctions and diplomacy, to resolve the crisis in Crimea.

US Interests In Ukraine
Is the US instrumental in helping solve the Ukraine crisis, or is it irrelevant?

US-Russian Cooperation

Violence In Central African Republic, South Sudan
Understanding the U.S. diplomatic role in the violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

U.S. And Egypt: After The Bloodshed
The U.S. and Egypt remained in a strange diplomatic situation August 15, 2013, after Egypt's military government killed nearly 600 of its opponents. The United States' top diplomats condemned the killing of 580 (the number was rising at this writing) members of the Muslim Brotherhood in a bloody crackdown to dispel groups loyal to deposed president Mohommed Morsi. U.S. President Barack Obama, however, stopped short of ending American aid to Egypt.

Democracy Promotion As Foreign Policy
A look at the U.S. policy of promoting democracy.

U.S. Foreign Aid To Egypt
A look at U.S. foreign aid to Egypt.

U.S. Foreign Policy And Morsi's Ouster
The July 3, 2013, ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi causes complications in U.S. foreign relations with Egypt.

U.S. Sends More Aid To Syrian Rebels
Secretary of State John Kerry announced February 28, 2013, that the U.S. is allocating another $60 million in non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition forces fighting Bashar Al-Assad's regime.

Kerry Challenges Wisdom Of Sequestration
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry used his first major policy speech to challenge the wisdom of the federal budget sequestration.

U.S. Recognizes Syrian Opposition Council
U.S. recognizes Syrian Opposition Council as legitimate Syrian government.

U.N. Warns Of Growing Syrian Humanitarian Crisis
As the United Nations warned of a growing humanitarian crisis resulting from the Syrian civil war, the United States announced it was raising its humanitarian relief commitment by $34 million.

North Korea Loses Missile and Food Aid
The United States has cut promised food aid to North Korea in the wake of that country's failed missile launch on April 12, 2012.

United States Continues Its Efforts Against Kony
An update of U.S. efforts in central Africa against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.

Obama's Policies Toward Israel
A look at Barack Obama's policies toward Israel in light of the 2012 AIPAC meeting.

The Marshall Plan
The post-World War II Marshall Plan to help the recovery of Europe was the grandfather of all U.S. foreign aid projects.

Building In Afghanistan
U.S. foreign aid to Afghanistan attempts to bolster governmental and economic foundations before 2014 when Afghanistan transitions to self-sufficiency.

US Congress Blocks Aid To Palestine
The United States Congress as frozen aid to Palestine.

Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET)
The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) monitors global climate, agricultural, and market conditions in an attempt to predict and prepare for famines.

Rethinking American Foreign Aid
A blue-bibbon panel recommends big changes to U.S. foreign aid. Keith Porter - your About Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy - has the story.

Kerry Announces $4 Billion Foreign Aid Plan For Palestine
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces $4 billion private-sector foreign aid plan for Palestine.

U.S. Agency for International Development
The United States Agency for International Development is the lead agency for planning, coordinating and delivering foreign assistance around the world.

Finance and Development
The Finance and Development unit within the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs coordinates American aid and investment abroad.

United Nations Development Program
UNDP is the international version of America's Agency for International Development. 166 nations participate.

Human Development Reports
These annual reports from the United Nations provide hard, comparative data on the quality of life in every country on the planet.

Global Interdependence Initiative
This initiative of the Aspen Institute gathers data on the effective use of foreign assistance and provides new frames (or ways of discussing) the role of aid in U.S. foreign policy.

The US and Foreign Aid Assistance
GlobalIssues.org offers this detailed look at the size and effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid.

The World Bank
The World Bank, led by former U.S. official Paul Wolfowitz, works on economic development and poverty reduction. U.S. contributions to the bank are a major part of America's foreign assistance.

Los Angeles Times: The New Foreign Aid
The four part series from the Los Angeles Times examines how the money foreign workers send back home, known as remittances, is now a significant part of foreign aid worldwide.

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