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.

Resources:

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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