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    America’s International Aid Should Make You Feel Safer

    Foreign aid investment on public health initiatives is empirically linked to state stability — I saw proof of this everywhere I traveled as secretary of state. Politicians who decry the military cost of dealing with failed states, refugee crises, global pandemics and more should read this: The evidence shows you either pay now or later. Aid serves both strategic and humanitarian aims, which is why cutting the United States Agency for International Development’s budget by 33 percent would be an unforced error of disastrous proportions. (Disclosure: The Foreign Policy article I cite was co-authored by my daughter Dr. Vanessa Kerry.)

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