Against the Grain

The Political Uses of Disaster Aid

What can the history of Reagan-era US foreign disaster aid in Ethiopia, El Salvador, and Armenia teach us about US policy today? Historian Alexander Poster discusses the political uses of foreign disaster relief.


Alexander O. Poster, A Hierarchy of Survival: The United States and the Negotiation of International Disaster Relief, 1981-1989

Alexander Poster, Obama Follows Reagan-era Blueprint After Earthquake in Haiti History News Network

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