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Volume 14  Number 1  •  Summer 2009
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With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Aiding the World's Worst Dictators
By Christopher J. Coyne, Matt E. Ryan
This article appeared in the Summer 2009 issue of The Independent Review

By 2007, the developed countries had given the world’s worst dictators $105 billion in development assistance, but that “investment” had yielded zero return in terms of meaningful economic, social, or political progress. The notion that government-to-government aid can buy a liberal society appears to be little more than wishful thinking.

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