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As global complex crises abound, how can the US ensure its responses are sensitive to conflict?
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As global complex crises abound, how can the US ensure its responses are sensitive to conflict?

A number of European donors have established conflict-focused global ‘helpdesks’ and country support facilities. The helpdesks produce tailored conflict analysis and guidance across many countries and themes while conflict-sensitivity facilities are focused on individual countries, serving as a resource for an entire national aid sector. As a major donor, is it time US agencies invested in a similar kind of support?

15 July 2021
Paranoia and contradiction define Trump’s National Security Strategy
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Paranoia and contradiction define Trump’s National Security Strategy

US President Donald Trump released the National Security Strategy (NSS) last month, providing an important insight into his administration’s worldview and its stance on global security issues. Ursala Knudsen-Latta and David Alpher explore some of the key pillars that define the strategy and what they might mean for US engagement abroad.

9 January 2018
Keeping USAID: why the US shouldn’t cut off its nose
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Keeping USAID: why the US shouldn’t cut off its nose

News is filtering out that the Trump administration plans not only to slash foreign aid, but also dismantle USAID, incorporating its component parts into the Department of State. David Alpher explains why the US should keep on delivering aid through a dedicated agency.

28 April 2017