Foreign Policy Explained, Ep. 8: Do Foreign Policy benefits outweigh the cost?

Does foreign intervention do more harm than good?

It’s hard to look at suffering in developing nations and stomach much of the poverty that exists in the world. Naturally, we all want to help, but to help requires a knowledge that people in a given community have gained over time. Based on experiences, habits and customs passed down through generations, specific to local cultures and environments. Sufficient local knowledge is necessary to make good policy decisions. Otherwise, how can we know the incentives local people face? And how they will react to the changes the new policy presents them with? Professor Abby Hall Blanco of University of Tampa explains.