With nationalism on the rise, are aid donors becoming more selfish?

A delegate waves a sign on the floor during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016. Photo by: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday Tim Burchett, a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, suggested to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the administration might consider using foreign aid as a stick, instead of a carrot.

“Will the U.S. be leveraging American foreign aid to encourage countries to stand with us at the U.N. as has been suggested?” Burchett asked Pompeo, who was on Capitol Hill to defend the administration’s third straight proposal to enact deep cuts in international affairs spending.

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    Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.