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Dec 01

Aid for Elites: Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty through Human Capital

Current foreign aid programs are failing because they are based upon flawed assumptions about how countries develop. They attempt to achieve development without first achieving good governance and security – essential prerequisites for sustainable development. In focusing on the poorer members of society, they neglect the elites upon whose leadership the quality of governance and security depends. By downplaying the relevance of cultural factors to development, they avoid altering cultural characteristics that account for most of the weaknesses of elites in poor nations. Drawing on a wealth of examples from around the world, author Mark Moyar shows that foreign aid can be made much more effective by focusing it on human capital development. Training, education, and other forms of assistance can confer both skills and cultural attributes on current and future leaders, especially those responsible for security and governance.

Dr. Mark Moyar is Director of the Center for Military and Diplomatic History, a program of the Foreign Policy Initiative. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Cambridge. He also is a member of the Hoover Institution Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict. From 2004 to 2010, he served as a professor at the U.S. Marine Corps University. He has taught at Texas A&M University, Ohio State University, Cambridge University, and the Foreign Service Institute as well as serving as a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University and the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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Mark Moyar, Ph.D.

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Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.

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