Blog Posts Discuss Foreign Policy, Global Health Implications Under Trump Presidency, Outline Future Actions

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: Foreign Assistance and the Trump Administration
Scott Morris, CGD senior fellow and director of Rethinking U.S. Development Policy, and Beth Schwanke, director of policy outreach at CGD, write, “It’s a time of fundamental uncertainty about the future direction of U.S. development policy, so let’s talk fundamentals. 1. Foreign assistance is not charity. It is in our direct national interest. … 2. Development works. … 3. U.S. leadership matters on global threats. … [Y]ou will be seeing a new series of briefs in the months ahead that address basic components of U.S. policy when it comes to development and identifying the core value of these things as we see them, informed by evidence and experience…” (11/17).

PLOS Blogs’ “Translational Global Health”: What a Trump Presidency Might Mean For Global Health
In this post, James Michiel, senior mHealth and informatics analyst at Emory University, examines how Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president might influence global health in the coming years. Michiel writes, “The common theme here is that we have very little evidence to predict what Donald Trump believes or how he will govern. He ran the most opaque campaign in modern history and has proven time and time again that he will say or do nearly anything to benefit himself. During the campaign, this resulted in some of the most vile and disgusting rhetoric in American history. Despite (or perhaps because of) this, I remain ever so cautiously optimistic that the next four years will see America continue to be a leader in global health” (11/17).

Washington Global Health Alliance: How we move forward
Lisa Cohen, WGHA executive director, discusses the U.S. presidential election results, outlines efforts by several of Washington’s congressional representatives to improve global health, and writes, “It is incumbent upon our global health community — our 168 global health organizations — to thoughtfully and compellingly educate and advocate for continued support on behalf of global health issues. We need to combine forces — universities and research institutions, NGOs, and faith-based organizations and companies — to develop some collective priorities to help our congressional delegation make a clear case for continued investment…” (11/16).

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