Louis A. Picard CAPSTONE AND READING SEMINAR: FOREIGN AID, FOREIGN POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT. PIA 2096/PIA 2490- Week Three. Foreign Aid Course. U.S. Foreign AID Policy . Quote:. Americans are barely aware of our history, much less anyone else’s. [i]
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PIA 2096/PIA 2490- Week Three
U.S. Foreign AID
1. Part of Balance of Power- Carrot and Stick Approach (based on exchange Theory
2. Commercial Promotion: Focus on International Trade
3. Humanitarian Theory: Moral Imperative
To conceive of a rival hypothesis that could reverse perceived reality and provides a possible policy option for future attention because of its very plausibility.
Nineteenth Century Origins
With God’s help, we will lift Shanghai up and up, ever up, until it is just like Kansas City.[i]
[i] American Missionary quoted by John Franklin Campbell, The Foreign Affairs Fudge Factory (New York: Basic Books, 1971), p. 178.
Latin America and the Pacific
American Empire after 1900
From Good Neighbors (Roosevelt) to the Alliance for Progress
Primarily an Anti-European Sentiment
Uniqueness of the American Experiment
Tocqueville's sought to understand the peculiar nature of American political life and its burgeoning democratic order
“America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom- loving people everywhere”
U.S. Part of European Norm Prior to World War II
Foreign Aid Prior to 1939
In 1812, a program of relief and assistance to victims of an earthquake (The 1812 Act for Relief of the Citizens of Venezuela) passed the U.S. Congress.Early International Assistance
(1) the Interdepartmental Committee on Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (SCC), established by law in 1938; and
(2) the Institute of Inter-American Affairs (IIAA) and its predecessor bodies, dating from 1940-41.
Responsibility for the project was located in the Central American Accounts section of the Division of the American Republics, located in the Department of State.
Construction was managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and oversight was provided by the Department of Commerce.
1. Coming out of Emma’s War, what does one need to think about as one approaches the “Profession” of International Development?
2. What do you think of Emma? To what extent does “Emma’s War” have something to say about Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America/ Caribbean?
3. What does this book purport to say about foreign and aid international assistance?
4. How typical are the aid workers portrayed in this book?
5. How do you think the behavior of “Aid Workers” differ from that of colonial officials in the pre-independence periods?
6. What criticism would you make of the Book?