William and Mary

Grace Perkins

PIPS Fellow

Policy Brief Summary

U.S. foreign aid is often seen as a valuable tool for promoting economic development and political stability in the developing world. However, there is a dearth of systematic studies examining the relationship between foreign aid and terrorist or insurgent activity. This brief proposes that, by combining AidData, the world’s most comprehensive foreign aid database, with existing information on terrorist activity, researchers can better understand the links between the nature of foreign aid allocations and terrorist and insurgent violence.