This is a timely book and it fills an important gap in the current literature. Aid policymakers have yet to take into account the effects of aid on state violence, which has been well established in the empirical literature. This work constitutes a call to action to do so.

Jessica Trisko Darden’s short book, running to just over 100 pages of actual textual content, consists of six chapters, plus an introduction and a conclusion. It contains a cross-country “statistical analysis,” along with case studies which include chapters on Indonesia, El Salvador, and South Korea. The bibliography and notes are impressively extensive, running to sixty pages, nearly one-third of the length of the entire book, and could be used as a comprehensive starting point for further research.

The central argument is that foreign assistance from the United States has been associated,...

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