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  • WebMemo posted July 23, 2003 by Paolo Pasicolan Congress Should Not Divert Money Away from the Millennium Challenge Account

    President Bush's new, performance-based foreign aid program, the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), has received widespread bipartisan support because of its potentially transformational approach to require the nations that receive economic development assistance to satisfy a "work requirement" by adopting policies consistent with good governance and economic…

  • Executive Memorandum posted July 14, 2003 by Paolo Pasicolan How to Prevent the Millennium Challenge Account from Becoming Like Traditional Foreign Aid

    When President George W. Bush proposed the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in 2002, he envisioned a new, performance-based foreign aid program that would serve as a model to reform existing development assistance. Unlike traditional aid, burdened with multiple and sometimes conflicting objectives, the MCA would focus solely on economic development. And because…

  • Executive Memorandum posted May 20, 2003 by Paolo Pasicolan Keeping the Millennium Challenge Account Focused on PromotingGrowth and Prosperity

    While debating the authorizing legislation for the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), the Bush Administration's new development assistance program, Congress should avoid overloading the bill with additional objectives that are at odds with the original intent of the program. The Millennium Challenge Account is an experimental program developed to reverse the…

  • Backgrounder posted February 28, 2003 by Brett D. Schaefer, Paolo Pasicolan How to Improve the Bush Administration's Millennium ChallengeAccount

    The United States has spent hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on development assistance to help poor countries attain growth and prosperity. The record of this effort has been disappointing, with few recipients achieving substantial improvements in per capita income. The evidence provided by numerous studies indicates that this failure is due not to…

  • Commentary posted May 24, 2002 by Paolo Pasicolan Offering a Bounty on our own Heads

    Americans aren't just wealthy. They're soft. That's the message terrorists worldwide received last month when a U.S. official announced that Abu Sayyaf guerillas had been paid $300,000 to release a Kansas couple they've now held captive in the Philippines for an entire year. The deal was negotiated by Paul Burnham, father of one of the victims, with the…

  • Executive Memorandum posted May 13, 2002 by Paolo Pasicolan Strengthening the U.S.-Philippine Alliance for Fighting Terrorism

    The war on terrorism has given the United States and the Philippines a chance to revive their dormant alliance. The Philippines is leading efforts to combat terrorism in Southeast Asia, a region FBI Director Robert Mueller describes as a possible sanctuary for al-Qaeda operatives fleeing Afghanistan. Washington has provided Manila with $100 million in military aid,…

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