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date: 27 January 2022

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The Marshall Plan marked the beginning of modern foreign assistance, and from the very outset national security and foreign aid have been inextricably linked. Successful development assistance can make the world a safer, more stable place, advancing U.S. national interests in direct and subtle ways. Aid can help struggling states avoid becoming failing states, where all manner of threats—from terrorists to international criminal networks to deadly pathogens—can find a safe haven. Aid helps stave off political strife that contributes to the rise of demagogues with interests antithetical to those of the United States. At its best, foreign assistance can reinforce country efforts to join the community of democracies. A world where there are fewer wars, terrorist safe havens, and political tyrants is a more secure world for the United States.

Keywords: development, foreign assistance, aid, Marshall Plan, PEPFAR

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