Linking U.S. Foreign Aid To U.N. General Assembly Voting

A backgrounder by Jay Schaefer, a Jay Kingham fellow in International Regulatory Affairs at the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, and Anthony Kim, a policy analyst in Heritage’s Center for International Trade and Economics, examines the relationship between U.S. foreign aid and U.N. General Assembly voting. They assert that “countries that receive U.S. foreign aid routinely oppose U.S. diplomatic initiatives and vote against the U.S. in the United Nations” and argue that “the U.S. has no compelling reason preventing it from explicitly linking disbursement of development assistance to support for U.S. policy priorities in the United Nations” (8/8).