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It's right there in the Declaration of Independence: the pursuit of happiness. From the Boston Tea Party to rock 'n roll, Americans have always taken their fun seriously. But the joyous rebellion that marks so many turning points in American history is more than mere amusement. It's been the crucial ingredient in revolution, resistance, and generational shifts. We cut loose, American style, with author John Beckman.
By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.