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How Biden will roll back Trump’s ‘America First’ legacy on foreign aid

Early foreign aid priorities for the new administration will include restoring aid to the Palestinians and potentially Yemen.

President-elect Joe Biden will assume office at a critical time for global development, with a looming famine in war-torn Yemen, the unparalleled Syrian refugee crisis and a global pandemic that has claimed over 1.2 million lives. On Biden’s long foreign policy to-do list, development experts say, is restoring the American foreign assistance dollars imperiled by the current administration. 

His key foreign policy adviser on the campaign, Antony Blinken, has pledged the Biden team would “bring aid back to the center of our foreign policy” through an emphasis on diplomacy, democracy and development. 

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