Category: Foreign aid

The use of foreign aid – international development and humanitarian assistance, as well as government-backed economic loans and related programs – has a distinct political purpose. Properly used, foreign aid should be to achieve political objectives, and not simply to do good for the sake of doing good, which is what private charities are for.

Nigeria called for ‘strategic relationship’ with US in 2011-2012

Members of the US Congress in 2015 are calling for the President to devise a “strategy” against Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. They are correct to do so. However the record should show that Nigeria asked the US for a “strategic relationship” to “destroy” Boko Haram years before, in 2011 and 2012. The US did not respond favorably. Frustrated with...

Public diplomacy: ‘Medicine is the universal language’

Public Diplomacy: ‘Medicine is the universal language’ Interview with the CEO of Project HOPE Serviam Publication Date: September-October 2008 Serviam’s person of the year, Project HOPE President and CEO John P. Howe III, MD, champions the military’s new humanitarian partnerships with businesses and charities, and comments on the role of health NGOs in global stability operations. Serviam Editor J. Michael Waller...

Partnership against heroin: Contractors help US combat narcotraffickers in Afghanistan

by J Michael Waller, Serviam, March-April 2008 Download PDF: Contractors_Afgh_Serviam Kabul, Afghanistan—“I used to wear a burqa. I will never wear one again. Except to fight drug traffickers.” That’s what a female police officer of Afghanistan’s Narcotics Interdiction Unit (NIU) says with a shy smile. The bad guys can’t recognize a heavily armed cop under the face-to-foot covering that all women...

Loving the Russian bomb

“Loving the Russian Bomb” by J. Michael Waller, Insight magazine, December 6, 1999. The Clinton-Gore team has been paying Russia to cull its nuclear stockpile. But the GAO says Russia is using the money to develop new weapons systems. Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, a 1960s dark comedy about nuclear war, parodied renegade U.S. militarists, anticommunists, a weak president and a...

Troubleshooting US policy toward Russia

J Michael Waller, testimony before the Committee on International Relations, US House of Representatives October 6, 1999 United States policy toward Russia has been tailor-made for exploitation by the gangster-bureaucrats, oligarchs, military revanchists and secret police officials ruling Russia today. Administration suppression of warnings and analysis about deteriorating conditions in Russia shows a calculated policy to prevent decision-makers, Congress, and...

Subsidizing Russia’s nuclear scientists

by J Michael Waller, Insight, April 5-12, 1999 Nearly six years ago, Congress and the Clinton administration launched a visionary scheme to help the scientists and engineers designing the Soviet weapons of mass destruction to put their skills to civilian use. The goal was to prevent them from working for rogue regimes such as Iran, Iraq or North Korea. As...

From butter to missiles

By J Michael Waller, Washington Times, December 15, 1998 Russia’s new government leaders have yet to devise a coherent recovery plan as they beg for Western economic and food aid. But instead, they have been spending their time and money preparing for — of all things — nuclear war against the United States and its allies. Meanwhile the Clinton administration...

IMF and the Russian missiles

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, January 23, 1998 American national security depends on Congress providing more money for the International Monetary Fund. That’s what Defense Secretary William Cohen is telling fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill, in a last-ditch administration effort to bail out troubled economies in Asia and elsewhere. For those unmoved by economic arguments, national security concerns are...

The politics of chemical weapons

by J Michael Waller, Washington Times, March 4, 1997 Download PDF here: Politics of CW WT 1997.03.04 Someone is sabotaging the Chemical Weapons Convention. If the international treaty, intended to ban all chemical weapons from the planet, goes into effect as scheduled April 29 – without the ratification of the Russian parliament and the United States Senate – the agreement will...

‘Delay, Postpone, Obfuscate, Derail’ – A case study of US aid to the former USSR

‘Delay, Postpone, Obfuscate, Derail’ – A case study of US aid to former USSR Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization (American University and Moscow State University) By J. Michael Waller With rebuttals from the US Department of State and Department of Defense Publication Date: Winter 1997 PDF originals: (1) Demok 97a Waller Delay; (2) Demok 97b State Dept; (3) Demok 97c Waller State; (4) Demok 97d DoD;...