In an article, “Strengthening America’s Global Development Partnerships: A Policy Blueprint for Better Collaboration Between the U.S. Government, Business and Civil Society,” Brookings scholars Jane Nelson and Noam Unger offer recommendations on how the U.S. government can better position itself within the 21st century global development landscape.
The policy mandate for more effective collaboration is urgent given the compounding economic and environmental crises that currently threaten development, the outdated U.S. foreign assistance system, and the new global development arena that is characterized by a multitude of influential new actors and by more technology-enabled, market-oriented and locally-driven approaches to development. Within the context of broader foreign assistance reform, the Obama administration and Congress have an opportunity to retool official U.S. efforts to more effectively and efficiently support global development in partnership with this new ecosystem of actors, while at the same time improving accountability and transparency.
Mao Zedong did not see the value of reform and opening up. The China part of Nixon’s 1967 Foreign Affairs article suggested an implicit bargain that provided the conceptual basis for China’s new direction after 1978. That bargain was if China focused on domestic development and didn’t threaten the security of its neighbours, the United States would help.
[President Trump's counterparts fear that Americans] do not feel they need to lead the world anymore... The United States is still the dominant power out there – the Atlantic alliance is still alive. But [Trump's] foreign policy weakened some of the elements.