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President Bush and his development legacy

Author John Norris discusses the development legacy—the successes and the failures—of President George W. Bush's administration.

For most supporters of development, the end of the Clinton administration and beginning of the George W. Bush term felt like a decided nadir. The nation’s primary development agency,USAID, had been battered during protracted turf and budget battles during the mid- and late-1990s, forcing the agency to make deep staff cuts and leaving it a hollowed out shell of its former self.

While Bush had campaigned on a platform of “compassionate conservatism,” few expected global development to be a high priority for the incoming administration — although the internationalist bent of his father’s presidency was encouraging to many in the development community.

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John Norris

Senior Fellow; Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative