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Before investigating the source of the below quote, read it and guess to what it refers – it might surprise you how broadly applicable it is.

It’s a classic American dilemma: How does a superpower fix problems in a faraway country without dictating policies in a way that ultimately enfeebles the very people we are trying to help?

To understand the nature of the dilemma (for foreign aid advocates as a start) go here, and here.

Consider the deeper question: Is (soft) aid a substitute or a complement to (hard) security interventions?

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