Short of the Goal
U.S. Policy and Poorly Performing States
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Short of the Goal by Nancy Birdsall
Book DescriptionFailed states are at greatest risk for collapse and pose an urgent threat to international security. Yet, ironically, new U.S. foreign assistance programs such as the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) routinely bypass these poorly performing countries, while providing increased aid to so-called good performers. This volume provides a lucid account of failed states that are ineligible for this new assistance, thus residing "on the other side of the MCA." The first part analyzes U.S. policy toward the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Indonesia, Yemen, Myanmar, and Central America in order to examine the fundamental causes of poor performance. The second part examines the role of specific U.S. policy instruments in building state capacity to prevent deterioration and collapse. Uncovering one of the most recognizable, yet poorly understood, trends in the developing world, Short of the Goal sets an important agenda for increased American engagement with failed states to promote both development and security in the developing world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781933286051
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Centre for Global Development
Publisher: Centre for Global Development
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Nancy Birdsall
Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Center for Global Development. Prior to launching the center, Birdsall was senior associate and director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1993 to 1998, Birdsall was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank. Milan Vaishnav was a staff member of the Center for Global Development's Commission on Weak States and U.S. National Security. Robert L. Ayres is assistant vice president of International Affairs at American University, USA.
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