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Political stability and sound domestic economic policies are the main ingredients in making development possible, according to William R. Cline, joint fellow of the Center for Global Development and the Institute for International Economics. In a presentation to the Society for International Development on December 12, 2004 Cline suggested three areas the U.S. should focus on in order to increase global development and reduce poverty.

Trade

  • The U.S. should use its leverage in the WTO to call for increased trade liberalization in the Doha round.Aid policy
  • The U.S. needs to increase their development assistance to closer resemble the OECD averages. To achieve this the U.S. the public need to be made aware that aid assistance does work.Domestic financial policy
  • The U.S. government has to adjust its domestic finances to eliminate an increase in the national debt and thus begin to moderate its external trade deficits avoiding a dollar crisis.

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