March 1, 2018

Aid Wars: U.S.-Soviet competition in India

The following post, co-authored with Shruti Godbole, appeared on on March 1, 2018.

The issue of development aid has significant contemporary relevance. Today, many longstanding donor countries like the United States debate the efficacy of aid, while new donors such as China and India explore the possibility of using economic assistance for political purposes. As David Engerman, Professor of History at Brandeis University, shows in his new book The Price of Aid, development politics can have significant – often unintentional and undesirable – effects for both donor and recipient countries.

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