Do Donor Motives Matter? Investigating Perceptions of Foreign Aid in the Conflict in Donbas

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>How do the perceived motives of donor states shape recipient attitudes toward foreign aid in a conflict zone? This research note evaluates the impact of two frames that characterize the motives of foreign powers involved in a civil conflict in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. These frames portray foreign actors as providing aid either to alleviate suffering during conflict (humanitarian frame) or to increase their power and influence in the recipient country (political influence frame). We demonstrate how framing impacts attitudes toward foreign assistance from the European Union and the Russian government among potential aid recipients in the Donbas. The results show that frames impact support for foreign aid from the European Union but have no effect on views of Russian aid. Counter to conventional expectations, aid provided for geopolitical, strategic reasons may be viewed as a positive, stabilizing force—even more than foreign aid provided for humanitarian reasons.</jats:p>






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ALRABABA'H, A, R MYRICK and I WEBB (n.d.). Do Donor Motives Matter? Investigating Perceptions of Foreign Aid in the Conflict in Donbas. International Studies Quarterly. 10.1093/isq/sqaa026 Retrieved from

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Rachel Myrick

Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Political Science

Rachel Myrick is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke. Her research explores how partisan polarization affects foreign policymaking in democratic states, with an emphasis on U.S. national security policy. More broadly, she is interested in the interplay between domestic and international politics in matters of security and conflict. Her research is published at International Organization , The Journal of Politics, and International Studies Quarterly, among others.

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