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Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation #16: Development, Security, and Aid: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics at the U.S. Agency for International Development

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In Development, Security, and Aid Jamey Essex offers a sophisticated study of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), examining the separate but intertwined discourses of geopolitics and geoeconomics.

Geopolitics concentrates on territory, borders, and strategic political and military positioning within the international state system. Geoeconomics emphasizes economic power, growth, and connectedness within a global, and supposedly borderless, system. Both discourses have strongly influenced the strategies of USAID and the views of American policy makers, bureaucrats, and business leaders toward international development. Providing a unique geographical analysis of American development policy, Essex details USAID's establishment in 1961 and traces the agency's growth from the Cold War into an era of neoliberal globalization up to and beyond 9/11, the global war on terror, and the looming age of austerity.

USAID promotes improvement for millions by providing emergency assistance and support for long-term economic and social development. Yet the agency's humanitarian efforts are strongly influenced, and often trumped, by its mandate to advance American foreign policies. As a site of, a strategy for, and an agent in the making of geopolitics and geoeconomics, USAID, Essex argues, has often struggled to reconcile its many institutional mandates and objectives. The agency has always occupied a precarious political position, one that is increasingly marked by the strong influence of military, corporate, and foreign-policy institutions in American development strategy.

About the Author

Jamey Essex is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations vii

Acknowledgments ix

CHAPTER 1

andldquo;One- Half of 1?andrdquo;: Geopolitics, Geoeconomics, and USAID 1

CHAPTER 2

andldquo;In the World for Keepsandrdquo;: From the Marshall Plan to the Vietnam War 17

CHAPTER 3

Geoeconomics Ascendant: Development, Interdependence, and Neoliberalization 51

CHAPTER 4

Two Decades of Neoliberalization: From the Cold War to the War on Terror 84

CHAPTER 5

Development in Reverse: Crisis, Austerity, and the Future of usaid 129

Notes 159

Works Cited 165

Index 179

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820342474
Author:
Essex, Jamey
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Economics - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 bandw photo, 5 tables, 1 figure
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » Social Science » Developing Countries
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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