Gloucester City Hall
Counterterrorism and Foreign Aid
What is the role of foreign aid in stabilizing states and winning friends? How much of a threat to U.S. security are fragile countries such as Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Somalia, and Mali? What are U.S. counterterrorism strategies? And is U.S. foreign aid effective in preventing terrorism?
There’s a big debate in Washington over the efficacy of our foreign aid program: what does it buy for us? Does it do any lasting good, or does it just buy short-term support from transitory allies? Given the aid that the U.S. sends to Egypt and what’s happening there today, the issue of aid has profound resonance. Kate Almquist Knopf argues that while the U.S. wants stable and accountable states, there is a mismatch between our foreign aid architecture and objectives.
Knopf, a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and an adjunct faculty member of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., will address these and other issues at the forum. She has also served in the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as assistant administrator for Africa (2007-2009), as Sudan mission director (2006-2007), and as deputy assistant administrator for Africa (2004-2006).