No Country Left Behind

Powell, Colin L.
January 2005
Foreign Policy;Jan/Feb2005, Issue 146, p28
The article presents lessons learned by Colin Powell during his four years as United States Secretary of State. Among the issues, none is more important than economic development in the world's poorest societies. And now that President George W. Bush has a mandate for a second term, he intends to pursue his goals for economic development with the same determination that made possible the liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Helping poor societies to prosper has long been part of our international goals. We see development, democracy, and security as inextricably linked. Development is not a "soft" policy issue, but a core national security issue. Although we see a link between terrorism and poverty, we do not believe that poverty directly causes terrorism. The connection between poverty and the absence of freedom is not an incidental one. The United States cannot win the war on terrorism unless we confront the social and political roots of poverty. Ultimately, it is not possible to separate economics from politics. INSET: Want to Know More?.


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