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Recently, there have been calls for a Marshall Plan for Ukraine. This is a reference to the U.S. postwar reconstruction foreign assistance program that focused on trade and investment, championed by then U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall.
The success of the Marshall Plan hasn’t been repeated — and for good reason. The political, economic, and security conditions in these other cases differed sufficiently to require different solutions.
So calls for a Marshall Plan Ukraine, actually raise concerns rather stimulate optimism. We should be looking for solutions to the Ukraine problem, not forcing the Ukraine problem to conform to our preferred solutions.
What should we worry about and what should we do? Well, as always, we asked some experts.
Is a Marshall Plan a bold new idea? Not at all. For instance, ever since the aftermath of World War II, leaders have returned to this model in an attempt to solve a variety of problems.