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Sep 18

Neutral or Not Neutral?: An Examination of Aid, Assistance, and U.S. Objectives Abroad

Aid operations in the Western World are guided by four principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence, as laid out by the General Assembly of the United Nations. These principles have been considered essential to the mission of providing aid around the globe. However, a new kind of framework is being pioneered by different philanthropic organizations in the United States, such as Spirit of America, which provide aid in congruence with U.S. military and diplomatic objectives. In light of these endeavors, it is necessary to re-examine the principles which currently guide philanthropic and aid-giving operations. Is neutrality the most efficient and beneficial way of supplying aid? Can aid operations really be divorced from political, economic, and military objectives? Should they be? Join us, as our panel of experts explores the possible advantages of moving away from neutrality in philanthropic and aid operations, and the implications of such a shift.

More About the Speakers

Jim Hake
Founder and CEO, Spirit of America

Dr. Nadia Schadlow
Senior Program Officer, Smith Richardson Foundation

Anne Ralte
Director of Monitoring & Evaluation, International Relief & Development

Jenny McAvoy
Director of Protection, Interaction

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James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow Read More