Burning Issues: The Militarization of Foreign Aid

The shift in foreign aid spending from the State Department to the Defense Department since 9/11 has created significant problems for U.S. diplomacy and peacemaking, says Colby Goodman of the Center for International Policy in this Burning Issues video.

“The amount of money the Defense Department is providing surpassed the State Department years ago,” Goodman says.

The result has been increasing incidents in which the weaponry and military training that the U.S. has provided to other countries has either been used against the U.S. or used to support human rights violations in their own countries.

Both presidential candidates – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – have shown signs they are likely to continue this trend, Goodman says.

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