The need for immediate and positive response from the United States in foreign disasters is imperative. The increased goodwill achieved through participation in disaster relief is an important factor in our foreign relations as the collective, humanitarian response either puts aside past problems temporarily, or they are forgotten entirely.
Cornwell, Stanley R.
"Earthquake! Natural Disasters and U.S. Foreign Policy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 24
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol24/iss2/11