James Ron

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James Ron is Harold E. Stassen Chair of Public Affairs and Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the coauthor most recently of "Taking Root: Human Rights and Public Opinion in the Global South."

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Foreign Policy Essay

Why Countries Should Welcome, Not Fear, Foreign Funding of NGOs

Editor’s Note: When foreigners give money to political organizations, both the donor and the recipient often become suspect. Governments around the world that fear criticism, oppose human rights, or otherwise reject the agendas of these groups are increasingly trying to ban foreign backing of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Ron Krebs and James Ron of the University of Minnesota argue that such bans are a mistake. They contend that foreign funding of NGOs should be encouraged in parts of the world where domestic support for such groups is lacking.