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What a Difference a Government Makes: Japan's Earthquake

Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy

As news grows of casualties from Japan's devastating 8.9 earthquake and concern mounts at the effects of damaged nuclear reactors, the international humanitarian system is swinging into action. It is an amazing thing to watch international relief unfold on the UN's central clearinghouse for information. Every few seconds there is another bulletin as the offers of assistance pour in: "Sri Lanka dispatches emergency team, Estonia sends relief, Canada offers technical